After the busiest month of the year, January tends to be quiet. What with four weeks of over-indulging, staying out late and non-stop socialising, a night in can seem like the ultimate luxury. Read on to discover the dreamiest pick of products, designed to lull you into a state of total relaxation.
Remove All Traces
Forget feeding the cat, watering the plants or taking the bins out – remove your coat and head straight to the bathroom. Start by filling your sink with hand hot water and add a drop of your favourite relaxing essential oil before breathing deeply for a minute or two. The steam will help to open pores, and allow your cleanser to work harder to remove makeup and loosen trapped debris. Now you’re ready to cleanse. Oskia CityLife Cleansing Concentrate is a great post-work option. Enriched with vitamins A, B5, C, E and F, as well as stimulating willow bark extract and eucalyptus, it removes makeup, hydrates and soothes stressed complexions, and leaves skin feeling refreshed, clean and comfortable. Always use a separate eye makeup remover and be careful not to scrub or pull at the delicate skin here. Take your time, you have nowhere to be and nothing to do tonight!
The Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque: Detox was made for Friday night pamper sessions, when you want the results but without the faff. The neatest way to clean out pore-clogging debris and eliminate environmental toxins, this one-step sheet mask uses FlexMasqueTM technology to deliver the purifying properties of mud right to where you need it (on your face) and not where you don’t (all over your sink).
Spritz skin with a hydrating face mist before applying the mask to help lock in hydration. While you’re at it, why not treat your feet to a spot of masking too? Pop on the Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Treatment socks and let the botanical blend of glycolic, salicylic, lactic and citric acid dissolve dead skin cells and leave feet soft and silky in time for tomorrow’s yoga class.
Whether you’ve been hitting the gym or sitting at a desk all day, a long, hot bath will help to ease tensions, aches and pains, while essential oils, such as ylang ylang, lavender and patchouli will help quieten a busy or overactive mind. More than just a skin-softening treatment, Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath For The Senses contains a blend of botanical oils that will lure you into a sense of relaxation, allowing you to completely check out. Raise a toast to the weekend with a cup of herbal tea or something stronger if you prefer, and soak for at least 30-minutes to let the oils work their magic.
Experts recommend that adults aged between 18 and 64 need 7 – 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep to look and feel their best, so if you’ve got an action-packed weekend ahead take this time to rest up. Slip into your comfiest PJs and turn your bedroom into a relaxed haven, lighting scented candles or using a room spray to instill a sense of calm. We like Mauli Sundaram & Silence Candle and Diptyque Fleur D’Oranger Room Spray.
Avoid looking at your phone or laptop at least half an hour before shutting your eyes, as the blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle, and stimulates your brain rather than relaxing it. Instead, snuggle up with a good book or listen to mellow music.
Seize The Day (Or Night)
While you catch up on some well-earned Zs your skin is busy repairing itself. Use this opportunity to turn your complexion around with a beauty treatment that gets to work while you sleep. Omorovicza’s cooling Midnight Radiance Mask is formulated with sand lily, red algae and salicylic acid and is designed to brighten and hydrate just in time for that Saturday brunch date. If you’re going ‘out out’ on Saturday night, Tan-Luxe’s overnight tanning treatment can be applied directly to skin or mixed into your night cream and does away with blotchy and tired skin. Come morning, skin looks well hydrated, revitalised and radiant. Don’t forget your hair! Swap the appearance of lacklustre locks for silky strands with Bumble and Bumble’s leave-in While You Sleep Overnight Damage Repair Mask – you’ll have plenty of time to wash it out in the morning, because it’s Saturday, and the world is your oyster!