My Winter Weekend Pamper (Without a Bath!)
Happy weekend to you lovely-faced lot! It felt strange not saying hi to you all on here last week but I hope today makes up for it. I'm currently sat writing under a blanket and about 11 jumpers because it's THAT cold. While I am well and truly ready for the temperature to be above 10 degrees again, I've found myself enjoying taking a bit of extra time on the weekend to treat my skin to some luxe products, and wanted to share how simple this was but so effective at making me feel all lovely and fresh before I pop on cosy pjs and watch a film with Tom or read a book in bed. I know. These are the things I get excited for and I ain't mad about it.
Whether it’s a Friday night wind down or a slow Sunday eve, it’s nice to do a deep cleanse and take some time out for yourself (even though Tom will come knocking on the door saying he needs to brush his teeth urgently). But what to do if you don’t have the ultimate pamper necessity – a bath!? So often a given in typical weekend pamper routines, but if you don’t have one or you want to do a pamper without quite the same level of time commitment… this is for you. I’ve put together my tips for creating the ultimate weekend ‘me-time’ routine sans bath…
First things first; set the mood. The first rule of pamper club is no distractions (a.k.a put your phone on silent). I hang my dressing gown up, light a candle (check out the Karma Collective range) and line-up the products I want to use (this also helps me avoid missing something crucial like plucking my eyebrows). Pop your favourite playlist on or a podcast you’re currently enjoying (I'm currently loving 'At Home With', where two of my favourite bloggers chat with other cool women about their homes and their work). This is really the biggest difference between your average shower or not; take the time to make it feel a bit spesh, because you ain’t got the bath to help you with that.
The pre-pamper. I told ya, I take this pamper thing real seriously. This is my chance to tackle any and all grooming activities; eyebrow plucking, nail-trimming…this is the time to get that stuff out of the way. Oh and remove any makeup you have on! I'm still obsessed with my Face Halo. Before I shower I also use a dry brush to help exfoliate and get rid of any dead skin cells, as well as promote circulation (which is typically very terrible for me).
Time to jump in. Now this is the part where if you have a bath, you can take your time with a face mask and contemplating life’s complexities. But the shower can still be a great pamper session and heck, reflect too if you want. Make it feel extra luxe while you’re doing the mundane like shaving your legs. I'll wash my hair and use great scrub - currently finding the Olieve and Olie Salt Scrub awesome because, although a bit fiddly with the oil, it sloughs away any and all dry patches, leaving my skin feeling even and super smooth. I just keep a spoon in the top bathroom draw so it's easier to get out. The Olie and Olieve body products are simply divine. Made on the Mornington Peninsula, their local body products are infused with olive oil goodness and totally nourishing for the extra dryness our skin gets in winter. I am also loving their Salt Bush and Blue Gum bar, a gorgeously gentle soap.
Mask and Moisturise. Once I'm showered and towelled off, I put a face mask on - in Winter I tend to alternate between a clarifying one and a hydrating one; my go-to's at the moment are the Esse Clay Mask and Esse Cream Mask. While that's setting, I lather ma bod in aaaall the moisturiser. Something like the Thank You Body Lotion is great because it absorbs quickly and so doesn’t make me feel like a greasy cage fighter when I get into bed. The Olieve and Olie Hand Cream is also a beaut for helping my dry hands and smells loooovely.
The post-pamper. If you spend 30 minutes chilling the hell out and then return from your relax zone into tackling the dishes or emails you’ve put off all day then what are you doing!? You’ve chilled out and you’re feeling relaxed, so try to maintain that ease until your head hits the pillow. Sure, I’ll pack up the stuff I’ve used and make myself a cuppa, but you can bet I’m wearing pyjamas and woolly socks while doing so and I won’t be changing. I might watch a movie with Tom or get into bed with a peppermint tea and my current read (The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith) until I slip off into the world of nod. Happy pampering all!