Hi everyone. Today’s post is all about what I do when I want to pamper myself, everything from head to toe. I can quite easily go for a ‘quick shower’ and come back downstairs three hours later so this could be a long one. Ideally I like to have a pamper night at least once a fortnight, ideally…
And today’s post is a collab with Ellie who is also doing her evening routine so head over there and check her post out too.
Light a candle, grab some wine and put Netflix on, we’re not moving for quite some time so make sure you’re comfortable.
Yes, a shower. I know most people would be talking about their Lush bath bombs at this point, but I can’t stand baths. I know, it’s sad. This is going to be a ‘full shower’ day: hair washed, body exfoliation, shaving (or not) and possibly a hair mask.
In winter I tend to opt for a hair removal cream rather than shaving. My skin is so sensitive I get a rash with every form of hair removal (shaving, waxing, creams all tried and tested, please leave alternative suggestions below). But I find the creams to be the gentlest and as my skin gets more sensitive in winter, I find myself reaching for products like this one from Nair more often.
My bath and body routine is usually very Soap & Glory heavy, the Smoothie Star range in particular. I tend to find if I’m using fragranced body products my skin is far less likely to react if I use warmer scents, like the vanilla and pistachio in this line, than it is if I use something more fresh or citrusy. I am however currently mixing things up a little with some stuff from The Body Shop as well.
Post Shower Body Care
You’re probably going to think I’m crazy, but I can use up to four different body creams at a time. First up, there’s standard body butter, from my trusty Smoothie Star collection. Then there’s more concentrated creams, as my skin gets so dry I tend to use heavier creams like this one from Palmer’s on my knees, ankles and any other very dry patches I may have.
I’m also prone to scarring so I use a more intensive healing cream anywhere I have an issue. My skin takes an extreme amount of time to heal and as I’m very fair skinned you can usually see the mark for a very long time even if it doesn’t scar. Cut myself shaving? That mark will be there at least 12 months, so I use whatever I can to speed the process up a little. And finally, a foot cream, also from Soap & Glory. My brand loyalty knows no bounds.
I keep all of my favourite body products in a drawer by bed so I have no excuse not to apply them if I forget before I go to bed.
I’m the first to admit I’m lazy with haircare, but I also have a slight phobia of hairdressers, so I do what I can to look after it still. This starts with not using any heat on it and only brushing it damp. I don’t like brushing my hair when it’s still wet when my hair follicles are still open from the heat of the shower. Instead I wait for it to dry slightly then brush it through after applying a hair oil. I prefer to brush damp hair rather than dry hair to avoid frizz as I have naturally wavy hair.
You may have noticed there was no mention if makeup removal pre-shower. I’m too lazy for that. Instead, I let my makeup run down my face and remove the mascara from my cheeks when I’m done. For this I’m using my Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water, followed by a proper cleanser.
As we’re having a pamper night, I’m not just cleansing my face, I’m doing a full blown facial massage. I love doing this, I aim to do it around once a week although that doesn’t always happen. This is where Netflix comes in too, find a show, pick an episode and press play; the facial massage is going to last the full length of the episode.
As someone who doesn’t get much sleep I love the lymph drainage style of facial massage. There are many different varieties if you’d like o choose a different one for yourself. If you’ve never given yourself one before, Lisa Eldridge has a great video on it.
After my facial massage I like to do a mask. Lately I’ve been loving sheet masks, so I’ll pick up one of those, then get back to Netflix. When I take the mask off, I like to gently pat in the excess product then leave it to absorb.
I’ll then go in with my skincare routine. The exact products I use varies depending on what my skin is looking like and which mask I’ve just used but here are a few of my favourites. My eye cream rarely changes, this one from Kiehl’s has been a staple in my collection for a few years now.
Next up is serums. Hi, my name is Sophie and I have a Sarah Chapman addiction. Why can’t I have a Botanics addiction instead? Regular readers will have seen the Intense Hydrating Booster a billion times now. The Recovery Booster is fairly new to my collection but it’s already a very committed relationship. It’s reached permanent collection status in a matter of weeks.
And that’s it! All that’s left to do is spray my pillows with something soothing and try to get a good night’s sleep.
Until next time,
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