With all the frosty weather we have been having recently, I have been in the mood for relaxing evenings and taking a bit more care of myself. Here are the products I like to use when having a relaxing night in.
I do this routine between 1 and 2 times a week, depending on how stressed I am feeling!
Step 1: Taking off my makeup
When I have a bit of extra time in the evening, I like to give my skin a good cleanse with hot water instead of just a cotton pad and some Micellar water. My favourites at the moment are the Emma Hardy Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm or the Liz Earle cleanse and polish. They both remove my makeup super quickly and don’t leave the skin feeling really tight afterwards. The Emma Hardy one starts as a balm and when you add water it turns slightly milky; whereas the Liz Earle cleanse and polish is more of a thick cream texture that cuts through all the makeup and grime sitting on your skin. I apply them to my face with all my makeup still on, really massage them in and then use a muslin cloth to remove everything.
Step 2: Face Mask
Treating your skin to a face mask a couple of times a week is a good way of ensuring your pores aren’t filling with gunk and keeping your skin looking radiance and youthful. Doing a face mask with a friend is just as relaxing as doing it alone and Hannah and I often do them together. I like to rotate between the L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox mask, the SkinLite Nose Pore Cleansing Strips for my nose (these are better than the Bioré ones in my opinion) and some collagen eye masks that my mum found on Groupon.
Step 3: Shower / bath
Having a bath is one of my favourite ways to relax. I love lighting loads of candles, putting a movie on and soaking for ages but when I’m at uni I only have a shower so I have to make the most of what I’ve got. I make the water really hot, sometimes put a few drops of essential oil on the shower pan (be careful, it can get slippy if you put too much!) and let it run for a minute or two to make sure you’re not jumping into a cold shower (is there actually anything worse?!) I love to use a shower lily to lather up my body wash, you can find them everywhere but mine is from Soap and Glory. I also use the Clean on Me body wash from Soap and Glory.
As it was my birthday this month, Body Shop sent me a £5 off voucher so I decided to put it towards the Brazilian Cupuaçu Scrub-In-Oil and HOLY MOLY I love it. As you know, oil is my thing and so this is just the best. The granules in it are super coarse and it really feels like it’s working to remove the dead skin from your body and then leaves behind an oily residue that goes to work moisturising the skin even before you’ve stepped out the shower. Totally love it and whilst it was a more pricey item from the Body Shop, I would totally recommend. Super luxurious. Talking of exfoliation, I also quickly go over the soles of my feet with a Pumice stone once a week or so to keep my feet nice and soft too.
Once a week I like to deep condition and tone my hair because I have it bleached which really dries it out. I use the Provoke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo intense treatment to stop my colour from going brassy and the Kérastase Resistance Masque Force Architechte hair mask that I bought from my hairdressers. After using the shampoo treatment like a normal shampoo, I get out of the shower and leave the hair mask on for about 20 minutes to half an hour with it wrapped in a damp, warm hair turban because this helps it soak into the hair follicle. After the time has passed, I tip my hair over the shower and rinse it out.
Step 4: Moisturising & Getting Changed
Before my skin has had the chance to dry completely, I like to apply Bio Oil to my upper thighs where I have a couple of stretch marks that I’d like to get rid of. I then use either a Body Shop body butter (Shea is my favourite but I also really like the Almond and the rose ones too) or the Garnier Oil Beauty body cream all over my body. Getting into your pyjamas is almost the most important part of unwinding. A snuggly dressing gown is also a MUST, my favourite at the moment is from M&S. I prefer longer dressing gowns as I find them much more snuggly. I also like to smother my feet in foot cream and put a pair of fluffy socks on until I fall asleep
Step 5: Toning & Moisturising your Face
Toning your skin is important to close all the pores after being in the shower and/or washing your face. My current fave is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic because it smells like the spa. I like to apply this using the cotton pads from Lidl, sounds weird but they’re my ultimate favourites. They have a different texture on either side and feel like they gently exfoliate, I just love them. Before applying my night oil, I gently tap in some of the Burt’s Bees Radiance eye cream into my under-eye area and brow bone. I will then take a couple of drops of my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate oil (new product, totally loving, review coming soon) to the palms of my hands, rub them together to heat the oil slightly and then apply it all over my face and neck. Again, the essential oils make it smell spa-like and totally relaxing.
Step 6: Blow Drying your Hair
Sometimes I can deal with sleeping on wet hair but when I’m pampering myself, blow-drying my hair is a must. When it’s wet, I brush it through with my Tangle Teezer to get majority of the knots out then spritz through the Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner and then rub through one pump of my beautiful, amazing, wonderful Morrocan Oil before drying my hair using my Panasonic EH-NA65 Hair Dryer (which is a gift from the Heavens!) and my paddle brush. This leaves my hair feeling super silky-soft and I love it.
Step 7: Unwind
I then like to cover my hands in the Elizabeth Arden 8hr Hand Cream and watch a movie, read a book or just listen to music and chat to Hannah. I’m currently reading ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’ by Sarah Knight and so far, I’m loving it. Before drifting off to sleep, I like to write a short entry into my diary, another thing that I’ve started doing in 2017. I then put a few drops of lavender essential oil on my pillow to help me relax before covering my lips in some form of lip balm; I have millions but my favourite at the moment is the Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips OR the Elizabeth Arden Original 8hr cream. They both have quite a thick consistency and means you wake up with beautifully soft lips. Could it get any better?!
Relaxing and unwinding play a super important part in self-care and this year I’m paying much more attention to this aspect of looking after myself. I hope you found this handy and I would LOVE to hear the products you use and steps you take in your evening pamper routines to look after yourselves.
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