Do you remember that scene in Clueless where Cher is brushing her hair on the couch while watching The Ren & Stimpy Show with Josh? He turns to her and asks, “Look, I’m just curious. How many hours a day do you spend grooming yourself?” Well, sometimes I also wonder how many hours a day/week/month/year I spend beautifying. I’m sure if I added up the numbers I would be horrified at the result.
Without the luxury of a glam squad on call 24/7 (oh how I’d love to be a Kardashian sometimes) I’ve had become insanely organised. And I’ve settled into a weekly routine that allows me to get all of my essential grooming done in the most time efficient way. So, if you’re curious about how that works, here’s a look at my weekly beauty schedule…
MONDAY – HAIR TREATMENT
Caring for coloured hair is almost like a full-time job in itself, and it takes a lot of work to prevent breakages and split ends. So I’ll kick off the week with a nourishing treatment and let my hair air dry overnight. I have a lot of love for Moroccanoil, and also use Living Proof’s Instant Repair cream and Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue. I stick to premium hair products because I spend so much on my colour that it seems silly to scrimp on its maintenance.
TUESDAY – NAILS
I’ll top up chipped polish or do a quick colour change throughout the week if necessary, but I only give myself a proper manicure (with cuticle care etc) once a week. And it usually falls on a Tuesday evening. If you’re curious about what’s in my at-home manicure kit you can get the full lowdown in this archive post.
WEDNESDAY – EXFOLIATE
On Wednesdays The Plastics wear pink and I exfoliate. I’m not fussy about body exfoliators and use a cheap and cheerful Soap & Glory body polish most of the time. I’m much more selective about what I use on my face, however. At the moment I’m exfoliating once a week with the Elemis Skin Buff, which I immediately follow with their calming Lavender Repair Mask. It’s help clear up my blackheads and pimples.
THURSDAY – TAN
After exfoliating the night before, I apply self tan on Thursday evenings so I have a healthy weekend glow. I shared my favourite tanning products for face and body in this post, but since that was published I’ve discovered the Dr Dennis Gross Glow Pads, which are my new go-to for face. They’re so easy to use and deliver a host of skincare benefits along with a streak-free tan. Definitely check them out!
FRIDAY – HAIR COLOUR TREATMENT
On Friday’s I do my second hair treatment of the week, and I’ll focus on colour maintenance rather than breakage. Lately I’ve been using the new Josh Wood Precious Blonde Intense Conditioning Treatment, which has a clever dial system that lets you control the amount of colour neutraliser you mix with the conditioning treatment. I usually set it to 50% neutraliser/50% conditioner, but if my colour is looking a little brassy I’ll increase it to 70/30.
SATURDAY – EPILATE
I know what you’re thinking – ouch! But I’ve used an epilator to remove hair on my thighs and underarms since I was a teenager, and no longer find it painful. Like waxing, epilation removes hairs from the root, which slows down the re-growth cycle. And, as a result, you’re left with smoother skin and finer hairs. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but if you’re used to waxing you should be fine and will probably find it more cost effective. I’m currently using the Braun Silk-épil 9.
SUNDAY – WASH MAKEUP BRUSHES
Dirty makeup brushes and sponge applicators cause breakouts, so I give mine a good wash every Sunday. It’s a boring task, but I always get it done because the idea of rubbing bacteria over my face is not appealing in the slightest. Beautyblender do a great solid soap cleanser that speeds up the process, and I also rate MAC’s disinfecting brush cleanser.
Do you also have a weekly beauty routine? What do you do when? Leave a comment below to share your rituals…