I don’t tend to do baths during the summer, but as soon as those nights start drawing in all I want to do is simmer in hot, soapy water until my fingers wrinkle. Yes, it feels amazing but it’s also a really important part of my week because Monday to Friday I get a bit lazy when it comes to taking care of myself beauty-wise. My skin routine is speedy and slim-lined, I touch my face a lot when I’m working on the computer and I scrape my hair back into a clip because I’m too lazy to curl it – so Sunday night is devoted to taking it slow and making up for all that neglect! 🙂
1. Hair Mask Time!
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve been on a bit of a journey with my hair and it’s still definitely in recovery (I wrote a whole post about how I’ve been taking care of my hair here) – so I try to whack on a hair mask once a week. Usually I’ll melt some coconut oil and slather it on under a shower cap for a couple of hours, but recently I’ve been experimenting with something new. Because my hair’s so fine I’ve been really trying hard not to fall back into my old habit of highlights and balayage. But I’ve been really, really tempted. So I’ve been looking up natural dyeing methods and came across a gentle alternative using just honey and water.
Here’s the science: Honey is naturally high in peroxide, and by mixing it into water you get a very gentle solution of Hydrogen Peroxide (found in most hair dyes). It sounds absolutely ridiculous, but I’m on my seventh treatment and it’s actually working! Of course you’re not going to get the same results as you would if you holed up in your local salon for a whole afternoon (and it definitely works best on lighter hair), but it’s a really easy (albeit very sticky!) way of gently lightening your hair and bringing out your natural highlights.
2. Take off all my nail varnish (fresh week, fresh nails!)
3. Prepare the tub
I fill the tub with hot water, chuck in a bath bomb (Rosie from Miss Patisserie is my favourite), light some candles and prop the iPad up on the toilet (I love catching up with Youtube videos or rewatching my favourite shows while I’m soaking away).
4. Inform husband and dog that for the next hour – as far they’re concerned – I no longer exist. Bye!
In the Bath
5. Wash hair, apply conditioner and leave it to rest.
I tried so many different expensive shampoos and conditioners when I went through all those problems with my hair – they were all a total waste of moolah. The simple fact is you need to find a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair condition and scalp. I’ve got fine hair and a sensitive scalp which really seems to love the Garnier Ultimate Blends Oat Milk Shampoo and Conditioner combo – so that’s what I’m sticking with.
For my face I haven’t got a bad word to say about the Kiehls Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion Cream, and for my body I recently had a little tester pot of the Nuxe Reve de Miel Body Scrub which has been a total treat!
I know most people tend to cleanse then exfolitate, but I like to do it the other way around. Before I get out of the tub, I wash my body with the Nuxe Prodigieux Huile de Douche and a sponge. If you love the body oil from the same range, then you’ll love this – it’s got the same subtle, nutty scent and leaves a delicate shimmer on the skin once you’re dry. I haven’t been using Nuxe products for very long, but I’m totally and absolutely obsessed! They’ve very quickly become one of my favourite skincare brands.
I don’t do anything to my face just yet, instead I focus on my body. I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop‘s Body Butters, especially the Shea scented one. I slather that everywhere and then target the drier areas (like my knee caps and elbows) with some of the Nuxe Dry Oil.
9. Fresh Pyjamas and Face Mask time!
I mean, is there anything better? I recently ran out of my favourite face mask (The Origins Active Charcoal Mask has rescued me from many a skin emergency, let me tell you!) but luckily, I recently got to try some Elemis goodies courtesy of their spa at The Celtic Manor and a mask was one of them. My skin wasn’t looking its best at the end of the summer after a stressful month, but the Elemis Thousand Flower Mask – which has the weirdest mousse like texture – has really helped sort things out. My skin’s looking much brighter and healthier and seems in pretty well prepared for those months of drying central heating ahead of us. I also really love Simple’s Sheet Mask Range if I’m looking for a more cooling, less messy mask. 🙂
10. Once I’ve washed off my facemask, I leave my hair to air dry and finish things off by applying a face oil.
I don’t put any products in my hair on a Sunday, nor do I apply any heat to it. It’s nice to strip all the products out and just let it dry naturally and recover ready for the week ahead. As for my face, I’ve been a huge fan of the Kiehls Midnight Recover Oil for YEARS. I add a couple of drops to my moisturiser (Just plain old Nivea Daily) and then press it into my skin.
How do you do your Sunday Soak? What are your favourite products to use?
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