Every day is a new day, or better said, every day is a good excuse to try something new, to spoil yourself: it could be about food, a fashion accessory or a book. But here, you know, we are talking about skincare. We thought: why not give ourselves a skincare treat for every day of the week? Only for a week, or maybe more if you wish. Your skin and mood will thank you, and you can thank us for the idea!
Reclaim your evening and resist the temptation to scroll through your Instagram feed until your eyes bleed by switching your phone off at 8 pm. Try setting an actual, “old school” alarm clock and put your phone out of reach so that you’re better equipped to focus on the moment, listen to a podcast or dive into the book that’s been sitting by your bedside for months and months.
Your bed should be reserved for nocturnal activities – besides the OBVIOUS one – so keep a pillow mist (we love the Pillow Spray Calming Mist by Susanna Kaufmann) and a silky eye mask (the one by Slip, of course) close to hand and set yourself a bedtime. And, if you want to indulge, even more, try a good under eye patch (we are loving the Celestial Black Diamond by 111Skin) and an eye massaging tool: who wants to dive into the magic world of Angela Caglia and her Hollywood Glow eye set? Basically, everyone. Trust us, you’ll sleep better and gain so much more than you may think you’re losing.
Every nutritional health expert is very sure about the benefits of starting every day with hot water and lemon. It’s really good to alkalize your system first thing upon waking up. Warm water with a little bit of lemon helps to up your body’s pH levels and reinforce your immune system. A great way to also start the day, after your lemon and water fancy drink, it’s with something very good for your skin, from the inside out. We are talking about the Goopglow by Goop, a morning skin superpowder (or superpower?). It’s a power shot of skin-supporting ingredients and antioxidants (including vitamins C and E and CoQ10) and it helps to reduce the free radical effects of the sun, pollution, stress and minimize dullness, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness.
It’s hump day which means everybody’s in grouch mode. Time for a little experiment… instead of using your book, newspaper or headphones as a human force field, why not flash a smile at someone or pay a compliment to somebody else? And receiving a compliment is very nice too, right? So, if we are talking about your skin, we show you the best way to receive a powerfully disarming kind compliment such as: “what a skin!” Here three true loves for us: the Rescue Mask by Eve Lom which helps to purge your skin of impurities and restore harmony, the Multi-Miracle Glow by Charlotte Tilbury (a skin-nourishing mask that eliminates dry, scaly patches to restore elasticity and suppleness) and, last but not least, the Active Enzyme Exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook which clears, softens and renews the skin, which reveals the radiance beneath dead cells, while encouraging cell turnover and stimulating the production of youthful collagen and elastin.
Today’s the day to spread joy!
The weekend is getting closer! Renew your engines with a five-minute body brush (and here we suggest the Body Brush Medium by Dr. Barbara Sturm which is a must-have for helping to smooth and improve the skin texture and tone) and do it before you hit the shower. By brushing towards the lymph nodes you’ll encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage. Simply work in a clockwise direction from lightly brushing up and towards your heart to improve skin texture, tone and tightness as well as aiding your blood circulation and metabolism. This can be used everywhere from your feet, legs and arms to your bum and stomach. But: be gentle! And, the cherry on the top is a luxurious, invigorating shower gel to balance your body and take off the week, like the Equilibrium Bath & Shower Essence by Therapie, an aromatic blend of therapy-grade essences that helps to restore energy levels, alleviate stress and help rediscover emotional well-being. Just breathe in and unwind.
You’ve made it! You’re overdue for some major relaxation and unwind time. So, it’s time to pour yourself a glass of wine (or to enjoy a cup of your special tea, if you prefer) while preparing a hot, steamy bath with a blend of salts and potions that will detox your body and re-boost your energy: the weekend will need it too. Whether you are looking to relax or detox, try to mix “The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak by Goop (made from a base of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts and Himalayan pink salt, which are brimming with skin-friendly, muscle-soothing minerals), with the Fortifying Green Bath Potion by MOA which helps to dispel negativity, focus the mind and magically put a spring back in your step. Just add 2-3 capfuls into a tub of steaming water, sink in and breathe deeply to wash away worries and restore an overall sense of wellbeing.
Hands up if you’re great at drinking two liters of water while at work, to let discipline go out the window during the weekend!? Set yourself a challenge to ensure that even though it’s Saturday you won’t allow yourself to desiccate. Carry a reusable bottle of water with you and give your skin a super boost of hydration too! How? Choose a treatment specifically for hydrating your skin: this plus drinking a lot of water will amazingly make you feel so much more energized (and your skin will look great too). Our first choices would be the Deep Hydration Mask by Verso where each hydrogel mask is infused with patented “Artificial Hydration Factor” that supports the skin’s ability to retain moisture and maintains hydration levels for up to 120 hours (what?!), the Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Mask by Versed, a cooling and soothing gel mask infused with aloe leaf juice, and the True Water Deep Cotton Mask by Thank You Farmer which deeply hydrates with hyaluronic acid while helping to even out skin tone and dark spots with nourishing niacinamide.
Fight the inevitable Sunday evening boredom with… a hair mask! Think about how often you cuddle your hair and scalp! Do you do it enough? We don’t think so. Kick away the stress from your hair with the Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Treatment by Briogeo which is a feast for your follicles, promoting scalp health, healthy growth and shine and then proceed with the Healthy Hair Night Cap by Living Proof, an overnight miracle-worker: just comb through your lengths and leave in overnight to wake up to Rapunzel-esque tresses.