After a long week, there’s nothing I love more than a little pampering on a Sunday evening. Having some me-time is so important to get me into the right frame of mind for the week ahead, so I spend a little time on myself with a relaxing skincare routine before curling up with a good book or in front of the TV.
I start off by removing my make up with Johnsons Make Up Be Gone Pampering Wipes. They’re scented with calming moonflower and smell divine! For my eyes, I like to use the Liz Earle Eyebright which is specially formulated to clean and soothe the delicate eye area.
Then I go in with my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. At the moment, I’m using my all time favourite limited edition, Pink Peppercorn & Mint, to give my skin a gentle cleanse. I massage this all over my face, paying special attention to the areas where oil can build up like the sides of the nose, before using my Foreo Luna cleansing brush. This thing is amazing and acts like a mini-exfoliator, leaving your skin feeling clean and smooth. I remove any remaining product with a muslin cloth dipped in warm water and pat my face dry with a clean towel. If I feel like I need it, I’ll use the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator afterwards to really scrub away any dead skin.
If I’m in the mood for a mask, I’ll use the Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask. Find out more about what I think of this mask by reading my review, here.
For my lips, I like to use the Lush Lip Scrub. It’s got a sugar base, so is quite effective at scrubbing away any dead skin, leaving your lips smooth & plump. It’s great to use before applying matte or liquid lipsticks too, as there’s no chance of any dry, flaky skin being left behind!
Then I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. It’s a really gentle, calming toner which closes up pores whilst soothing and toning the skin.
Whilst my skin is still damp from the toner, I massage in 3-4 drops of oil. My favourite at the moment is the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. Applying any oil to slightly damp skin helps it to sink in faster and leaves less of an oily residue to your face which is great if you’re jumping straight into bed! I also use this as an opportunity to work some facial massages into my routine. I run my thumbs under my cheekbones 5-6 times, pressing quite hard in order to help tone & sculpt my face and do the same along my jawline. When massaging your face, always remember to push outwards, as this helps drain any excess fluids into your lymph nodes.
Finally, I tap some Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream under my eyes, making sure I stick to the bone both above and below the eye. The skin will naturally draw the product up, so there’s no need to apply it too close to your under-eye area.
Before I go to sleep, it’s all about mentally preparing myself for a stress-free week. I make a list on my phone of all of the important things I need to do, so I can drift off to sleep without worrying that I’ve forgotten something. As a troubled sleeper, I need all the help I can get when it comes to nodding off!
Once I’ve noted everything down, I spray my pillow with the Champneys Relaxing Pillow Mist, pop on some Nivea Lip Butter and moisturise my hands using the Liz Earle Hand Repair in Lavender & Basil (sadly now discontinued, but it’s still available in other scents).
Sticking with the lavender theme, I sometimes use a few drops of pure lavender oil in my aromatherapy diffuser or I use the Neal’s Yard Remedies To Roll for Night Time roller ball. I’m really into aromatherapy and really believe in the power of essential oils. Plus, they always smell amazing!
Then, I either switch on some relaxing music or my Headspace app for some nighttime meditation. I love the single on sleeping – it’s the only thing that gets me off to sleep when I’m stressed and I can’t recommend it enough.
So, there it is! It’s my perfect routine for unwinding before bed, and I’ll often repeat the whole thing mid-week to keep me relaxed.