The Wind Down
I love being in the countryside and spend most weekends in Sussex with my three daughters, but we come back to London on Sunday evenings. My wind down starts at about 9pm when we all sit down together and watch whatever is on TV; recently we’ve been watching ITV’s Victoria. At about 10pm the girls go up to bed and I’ll take a bath. I find the scent of lavender oil very relaxing and drop a capful of Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath and Shower Oil into the water. I also light scented candles, Diptyque’s Feuille de Lavande and Tubereuse are some of my favourites. While I’m in the bath I like to listen to French music, it sends me into a total state of relaxation.
Before I get into the bath I remove my makeup and cleanse with Sisley Lyslait Cleansing Milk. My skin is quite dry so I use very little water on my face. I’ll follow the cleanse with the Sisley Floral Toning Lotion swept across my skin on a cotton pad – this helps remove any last traces of makeup, soothes and prepares my skin for the following steps in my skincare regime. On a Sunday when I have more time, I use Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask and I’d say this is my hero product. I apply a generous layer to damp skin and let it sink in for about 10 minutes. It’s also a great way to revive tired skin if you’re going out in the evening and you need a quick pick-me-up. It has a delicious rose fragrance and allows you to take a true moment of pleasure and relaxation. When I use this mask I really notice a difference in how my skin looks during the week; it’s generally more hydrated and plumped and has a healthy glow. Because I have dry skin I find layering creams works really well for me, so I’ll apply a few drops of Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil – a satin-smooth dry oil that absorbs easily into skin, leaving it feeling fresh and plumped but not at all oily. Over the top of this, I layer Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream but I do like to alternate between different creams. After two months of using one, I’ll switch up my routine and then I might use Sisley Sisleya L’Integral Anti-age Extra-Rich especially in the winter months when my skin needs extra hydration, or Sisley Ecological Compound when I know I’m going to be in the city. I find that this way my skin doesn’t get used to one cream and the products are more effective.
I try to body brush about three times a week, and on a Sunday I take time to do this when I get out of the bath. I start at my feet and move in long sweeping motions and always brush towards my heart to help improve circulation. My skin is very dry so I like to moisturise my body a lot too. I use Sisley Restorative Body Cream all over and I love the clean, fresh fragrance – it makes for a lovely ritual. It’s also really good if you’ve been in the sun as it is cooling and soothing on irritated skin. I also like to use Sisley Cellulinov, its creamy, velvety texture makes it really easy to massage into skin. I use both hands to encircle the thighs and apply strong pressure from the bottom of the thigh to the top to stimulate drainage. Then, using closed fists, I apply more pressure and vigorously massage any problematic areas using circular strokes. You can also use it on the stomach, just gently pinch the surface of the skin to unblock built-up tissue, then contract the abdominal muscles and, using the palm of your hand, smooth the skin outwards from the navel. It’s important to use this cream regularly though in order to really notice an improvement.
Before getting into bed I apply Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age, Sisleya L’integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream and Comfort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm, and I always spend a couple of minutes massaging Supremya Baume into my face – it’s my favourite anti-ageing night treatment and I use it every night. I’ll make a herbal tea and read for about 20 minutes while that sinks in. I read a lot of French books, but I’ve just finished Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and found it quite fascinating. I try to mediate for about 10 minutes, too, I find it really helps me to relax. Then I switch the lights off at about 11pm – I like to get around 8 hours sleep and I’m lucky because I am a very good sleeper. My youngest daughter sometimes finds it hard to sleep, when she has exams for example, and finds This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, with lavender, really helps her to drift off naturally.
I don’t set an alarm because I always hear the girls stirring at about 6.50am. I’m not really a morning person but I like to mediate for about 10 minutes every day and I find that really helps me to wake up and focus on the day ahead. I‘ll get up around 7am and have breakfast with my daughters before doing the school run. I think it’s important that your beauty routine allows you to enjoy a moment of pleasure every day. My morning ritual starts with my Cleansing Milk to reawaken my skin and then I’ll moisturise, but I’ll tailor my creams depending on how my skin is feeling on a day-to-day basis.