Sundays are very specific for me. It’s my time to unwind. Get off my phone. Grab a set of delicious pyjamas, turn on my salt lamp, play slow jams, slow cook nut roast, stick on my essential oils defuser…and reset! This normally begins around 5pm.
I’ll also prep my schedule for the week ahead from cooking time to reading time to meditation time. It’s all there in my google calendar. Doing so holds you accountable, keeps you on time, lets you use your time more efficiently and allows everything to flow smoothly. I’m all about cultivating a flow state, you see.
But the real wind down begins with a hot, steamy bath. I’ll add tons of Herbivore Pink Himalayan Bath Salts, light my Good Vibes Only Candle, tie fresh eucalyptus to the shower head and voilà, my whole bathroom feels like a bougie spa. It seriously transports me to another place. To be in a calming atmosphere with a delicious smell after a hectic week really transforms any anxiety into a peaceful, calming energy.
I’m consistent with my routine (consistency is key). Like Lewis Howes says, a good morning routine starts the night before. Same with skin care- you know you’re on the right track when your skin feels all soft, moisturized & glowy in the morning. I’ll start by using a replenishing exfoliating cream. Chantecaille Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream to be specific. It helps shed dead skin cells as well as improve the appearance of scars & wrinkles. Then I’ll use Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask – I’m telling you there’s something about this stuff. It really is gold. It very much firms the skin while plumping up the elasticity which I just love. Then I’ll use Odacité Youthful Glow Serum. It’s the perfect nightcap to wind down. My skin eats it up & craves the product now. I’ll add three drops of it into my Goldfaden Md Regenerative Night Cream. These two combined are a match made in dreamy skin heaven. The combination ticks every box: GLOWY- CHECK ✓, HYDRATED – CHECK ✓ DEWY- CHECK ✓, TIGHT- CHECK ✓.
But the most important thing to check is the nitty-gritty; all my products must be plant-based, vegan and free from parabens and sulphates or any of that nasty crap. Which you can be sure that all the above are.
If I’m up exceptionally early, I’ll use an eye pads too. Chantecaille Energising Eye Recovery Mask is incredible. They very much smooth, tighten, hydrate & reduce fine lines & wrinkles. I really notice the difference. I’ll normally pop these on for an hour whilst bingeing the new season of Killing Eve.
After my bath I can’t help but smoother myself in Herbivore Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil. It’s botanical magic. I swear it’s life changing. A few nut sized drops really go a long way. First things first, it’s contributes towards a subtle shimmer so when I wake up, I shine! Second thing to note is it’s made from rose quartz, which are just so healing & beautifying. Even Cleopatra used to soak in a bath with rose quartz crystals – so ya, there’s that.
I’ll also use an oil on my hair. Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil provides loads of nourishment, since my hair is pretty dry & damaged, I’ll use this a few times a week. When my hairs damp, I just add a little to the ends and then let my locks dry naturally.
Sleep is one of the most healing things you can do for your body. I need to be getting at least 8 hours. But here’s the thing: it can be trés difficult to unwind…especially when you have a phone in your face for half your life. I’ve started using the screen time function, so I have down time from 9pm – 9am, it’s a game changer.
Instead of scrolling, I’ll brew a camomile tea, take my better me, better brain supplement (actually floored at how well this works), turn off all heaters – studies show your brain needs to drop its temperature 2-3 °F in order to sleep, spray some Mio Liquid Yoga , dab Dr Dennis Under Eye Cream (don’t rub it, it’s bad for your under-eyes), stick my Headspace med on & if I’m going all out, I’ll leave my Chantecaille Bio Lifting Mask on overnight. It has plant extracts & minerals, so it allows for a slow release of moisture over the hours that you’re asleep. You seriously wake up with the softest & smoothest skin EVER!
My alarm is set for around 5.45am – this gives me enough time to grab my Herbivore Jade Roller from the fridge and then get back into bed for five sweet minutes whilst rolling this soothing, cooling crystal around my face (the key is to always work from the inside of the face then go outwards. And ALWAYS scrape UP, never down). This is SKIN CARE < MIND CARE < SELF CARE all in one. It’s so rejuvenating and repairs all your cells while fighting inflammation. It’s an ancient Chinese practice and it just WORKS! Around 6am I’ll be up, mixing a Supernova Cocoa Vegan Protein Shake together, throwing my Lululemon’s on and ready to float out the door for my first yoga class!
Have a great week my loves!