If you look up the Sunday night routine, your search results are likely to offer tips on how to prepare for a productive week. While we honestly want to be efficient with our time, your official day off should focus on one thing: you! This is a time to self-care (and no, you don’t need a $ 150 jade roller to do this) to regain your calm and take stock before the madness hits on Monday.
For this reason we are starting our new editor series, which focuses on the nightly routines on Sunday. Each month we will highlight their end-of-week rituals that provide the much-needed rest and tranquility while reducing the overwhelming strain before the busy week begins. Just as a good night equals a good morning, a happy Sunday brings a happy week.
This week we introduce our contributing editor, Brandy Joy Smith. As a certified NLP wellness trainer for mothers and mothers of two, it’s safe to say that Smith has her hands full. Hence, the key to their happiness (and sanity!) Is to “squeeze” into a self-care routine every Sunday.
Read on to learn more about her Sunday nightly routine and as a friendly reminder. While we list all of the products she uses, you don’t have to buy anything to buy some time for yourself. Just having space for yourself is a form of self-care.
Images by Zachary Gray
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6:30 p.m .: dinner, tidying up and bedtime for children
After our family dinner, my husband and I share and conquer bath time with him, cleaning up the random toys that are thrown around the house (as well as the dishes from dinner). We turn off all the lights in the house to remind our children that it is time for them (and us) to relax. I really enjoy my cleaning time on my own – it calms my mind for the day and allows me to focus on being present for the last hour my children are awake.
After the bath we put the children in pajamas and read a story as a family. Lately Good night and I love us were repeated. Then we recapitulate the day and talk about what we are grateful for. We’re also trying to figure out what’s going to happen tomorrow, although my kids, Norah in particular, don’t quite understand. I think it gives them a sense of structure for the day ahead.
When they’re finally stowed away, I try to stick to my routine, which can vary a bit depending on how tired I am.
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7:30 p.m .: The nightly routine on Sunday begins
In the first place my head is right. I have some Klur body oil in my hands and take a deep breath. I love the scent and it forces me to sit back and focus on myself again. It’s a little more expensive so I’ll save it as a reward for my Sunday night.
After that, I use a dry brush on my body. I love the Gold-plated body brush. I find that dry brushing really helps shed my winter dry skin. This is followed by a quick shower to rinse off dead skin and scrub my feet (Olive & June make a nice foot file). Then I move on to my pre-shampoo hair Mask. After the mask I use it goop himalayan salt scalp scrub. I use both of them twice a month and it really helps remove debris and extend my blow dryers. Lastly I wash my body and face and shave with mine Billie razor. If I don’t shave on Sunday, there’s no telling when I’ll have time during the week!
Then I take a book and draw a bath. For some reason, I like to take a bath after I’ve cleaned. I started using Epsom salts in the bathroom after giving birth to heal myself from giving birth – I haven’t stopped taking it since. It’s nothing special, just the upper floor Mr. Teals is fragrance free! I usually put a face mask on in the tub as well. Right now I’ve been falling in love since battling dry skin from the heaters in our house this one by Tata Harper.
When the universe is on my side, my bath usually coincides with the time my husband goes to bed. He always brings tea and water, and I have mine tea in the bathroom. I’m not sure if it’s the ritual or the actual tea itself, but that pretty much helps me get sleepy. As soon as I get out of the bathroom, I put mine on Klur body oil Put my pajamas back on – I’ve noticed since my last pregnancy that I get very hot at night so I slept in this oversized organic cotton t-shirt Connect the label. Your clothes are sourced sustainably and made here in LA. Once my skin is hydrated and I am dressed, I begin my teeth, hair, and skin care routines.
Wow, when I write this I feel very easy to care for!
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Routine failure at night
- Brush. We became electric last year and i could never go back!
- Turn white. My husband and I are doing smile makeovers this year vVardis. This kit is amazing and the first step in brightening our smiles.
- I only care about them Crown matter Brush and comb. They even have brushes with timers to encourage scalp stimulation.
- Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-in Nourishing Treatment
- Throw it in a bun a scrunchie.
- To remove my makeup and the day’s dirt, I use One Love Organics Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Make-up Remover.
- Next Up, Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator Toner. This is a combined moisturizer, toner, and hydrator.
- Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti Wrinkle Booster Serum.
- After applying the Juice Beauty Serum, I work it in. I love to use mine Rose Quartz Face Roller and Rose Quartz Gua Sha Sculpture Tool from Skin gym.
- I use that Juice Beauty Stem Cell Anti Wrinkle Eye Treatment around my whole eye starting from the inside corner.
- After applying the eye cream and serum, I then massage in the Stem Cell Anti Wrinkle Moisturizer generous to my face, neck and décolleté.
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And there you have it. Don’t forget this is my sunday routine not mine every day. Sometimes I am blessed to have a moment to brush my teeth, let alone wash my face!
What is your Sunday night routine like? Let us know your rituals below.