Dive deep into the Sunday night skincare routine of beauty blogger and skincare guru Caroline Hirons, which features the lowdown on the Space NK essentials she can’t live without, plus tips on how to cocktail your hyaluronic acid, and her favourite “wakey-wakey” shower gels. Disclaimer: you will want it all…
The Wind Down
It always baffles me that people wind down. I don’t wind down, I get going — just to be awkward actually! I’ve never relaxed on a Sunday, I think having kids as well, and having to get them ready for school has always been a key part of that, so my Sunday is about getting organised. I guess though, I relax by cleaning the kitchen; it sounds bizarre, but I relax when I’m organised. During the day I potter in the kitchen, make lunch and then I start organising for Monday; that means the kitchen’s immaculate, my work bag is packed, my emails are up to date and I pack my tech bag, depending on if I’m going into the office or travelling. A lot of times I’ll do my emails for a Monday morning on a Sunday night, so that they are done. I like to work when everyone else isn’t working. I’m very backwards so I love doing emails over the weekend when everyone else is relaxing because then you don’t get the reply straight away. It’s easier to manage and it means I don’t have to be on email first thing on a Monday morning. It also means I can get my youngest son out to school on a Monday without stressing. Once I’ve done all that I’ll settle down and watch TV with my husband as the kids are at an age where they don’t want anything to do with us!
My beauty routine on a Sunday is not really any different to any other evening because I’m renowned for doing a full routine every night. I do my usual skincare routine in the morning, then in the evening I’ll do a light cleanse because I’ve already washed it in the morning and I generally don’t go out on a Sunday. So, I’ll do a light cleanse just to get rid of the general day, if I’ve been in the garden or something. I’ll use one of Tata Harper’s cleansers, I love all of them, I’m always saying that, but they’re great. Then I’ll do a proper acid, something like Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Peel Pads. Then I’ll spritz with Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, apply DCL Peptide Plus Eye Treatment and Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum, and lately I’ve been double barrelling with Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream and the DCL Hydra Boost Finishing Serum on top. The moisturiser is good for collagen production and the Hydra Boost Serum is tipping how you would normally use hyaluronic acid on its head. Normally you put hyaluronic acid serum on first, but with DCL you put it on last and that’s handy because on Sunday night I can top up my hyaluronic acid throughout the evening. If I’m doing a Sunday night mask, it’ll be either an exfoliating mask like Oskia Renaissance Mask or a hydrating mask like Sisley Express Flower Gel. I’ll do an exfoliating one before the acid and hydrating post acid. I don’t usually use a retinol when I’m doing my acids, you can use them together but I tend to hydrate; I’m a lot about hydration these days especially with a tan in the summer. Then when winter comes I’ll likely use more retinol, something like Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream or Chantecaille Retinol Intense +.
I wash my hair in the morning with Oribe or Living Proof. The Bright Blonde Shampoo from Oribe and anything hydrating because I’ve got dry, over-processed hair. I can’t use anything with SLS in it, my scalp doesn’t like it. When it comes to shower gel, I love Aromatherapy Associates – always the Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil. I do like REN Clean Beauty Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash too, but whatever it is it has to be wakey wakey. My favourite of all time is Laura Mercier Tea Menthe Citron, I love that. I’ll give my skin an extra boost on a Sunday and use Malin+Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub and apply Laura Mercier Tea Menthe Citron Gel Body Moisture afterwards– it’s amazing, it’s so nice.
I generally have an early night. I’m at that age where I just enjoy hanging out in my own bed and drinking tea and watching telly; I will drink a decaf tea at night though because I’m not a sadist. But I do usually take tea to bed and I inevitably check my phone, even though I’ve turned my computer off. I’ll find myself in bed, turning my phone on and checking everything again. I generally fall asleep straight away because I’m knackered. I don’t need help sleeping.
I’m generally awake between 6.30am – 7am. I like the saying, “If you hate Mondays, your shit is broken!” I love the start of the work week and I love Mondays; if anything Monday is like a fresh start. The first three things I do when I wake up – check my phone, make tea and check on the kids. Even though they’re older, that habit never goes.