My Sunday Self-Care Routine
Is it just me or do Sunday’s get a pretty bad wrap? Sure, it’s kind of a buzz kill when you realize it’s the end of the weekend, but I think it’s time to banish the Sunday scaries. For me, Sundays are an important day to focus on what I need to do in order to have a productive and positive week. I like to take time to clean and smudge my home, do laundry, run any errands I may need to finish and grocery shop/meal prep.
And the best part of my Sunday? Hands down, my evening self-care routine!
Once I'm back home for the day, I take my dog for a walk, eat dinner and then it’s Sarah time. I start by heading into the bathroom and dry brushing my body from head to toe. Dry brushing is an amazing Ayurvedic practice that stimulates your lymphatic system, improves circulation and removes dead skin. Plus, it leaves my skin feeling smooth AF so that’s a plus. Once I’m done with that I slip on my super cute shower cap and hop into the shower to do all the normal showery things – wash, shave, exfoliate… I’m sure you know the drill. And yes, I wear the shower cap because I only wash my hair about twice a week so this keeps my hair dry and clean.
After I’m all squeaky clean but still a little damp, it’s time to moisturize. Real talk: I am a moisturizing freak. I’m sorry, but there is absolutely nothing sexy about dry skin. If I feel dry at all… ugh, I just can’t even. So post shower – especially on Sundays – I moisturize like no one’s business. I’m a big fan of body oils – I’m currently using the Sugar Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil from Fresh – but I switch between oils and lotions. I also have a really cool in-shower lotion I like to use sometimes (Amber Bath LemonAID Body Butta).
Once I’m way too moisturized for my own good, I slip into my PJs and move onto the fun stuff: skincare. I like to spend a little (and by a little I mean a lot) of extra time on my skincare routine on Sundays. I double cleanse my skin first with an oil cleanser to remove any make-up or grime from the day, rinse that off and then wash with my gel cleanser. Then I dry my face with one of these single-use hand towels (I know, I know these are wasteful and kind of a boujee extra step, but I just they are much cleaner than using a hand towel that you, and whoever else, has been using to dry your hands).
Then I do a mini-facial starting with a two-step exfoliating system that includes a mild resurfacing AHA Lactic Acid and mask activator to deeply exfoliate and prep my skin for the next step (and best step): my face mask. Is it just me or do face masks seem to be the solution to any/every problem? I switch between the Environ Skin EssentiA® Range Hydrating Clay Masque, and a SCBI Stem Cell Hydrating & Firming sheet mask. Insider tip: if you have any blemishes or are acne-prone, apply a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide under the clay masque. It works wonders!
When I’m finally done in the bathroom, I try to create a relaxing atmosphere to unwind and relax…I light a candle or add some essential oils to my diffuser, and then make a cup of tea and enjoy one of my favorite sweet treats. This is usually when I review my day planner and make a to-do list for the week, while watching Netflix or a few YouTube videos. Basically this my time to relax and unwind. Once I’m done with my snack it’s usually time to rinse off my mask and finish my final skincare steps: use my Rose Quartz Facial Roller for 2-5 minutes, swipe some toner on my face to balance my pH, put on my Mandelic Serum and moisturize. Then I just brush my teeth, floss, use my handy dandy tongue scraper and hop into bed and chill/cuddle with my dog until I’m ready to go to sleep.
Something I’ve been trying to do lately is meditate for a few minutes before I go to bed (usually using a guided mediation), but it’s not something I do as much as I’d like… still working on that that part.
And that, my friends, is it.
Who else has a Sunday self-care routine? If you don’t have one, what are some things you like to do to practice self-care? Let me know in the comments below.