Have you ever heard of the Sunday night blues? It’s that gloominess you get when you start thinking about the fact that the weekend is already over and you’re about to start yet along long week of work, housework, and everything else you cram into your schedule on weekdays.
When it came to the Sunday night blues, I used to be the master, and it didn’t just happen on Sunday nights. From the moment I woke up on Sunday, my thoughts would keep drifting back to the fact that it was the last day of the weekend.
A few years ago, I started a tradition that turned my Sunday evenings on their heads and turned them into weekend treats instead of weekly woes. I call it Sunday Night Spa.
Sunday Night Spa is exactly what it sounds like: a spa night I create for myself at home. It turns Sunday nights into relaxing occasions that prepare me for the week ahead.
Instead of mourning the fact that the weekend is almost over, it gives me one last thing to enjoy out of the weekend. Afterward, I can go to sleep on Sundays feeling fulfilled in my weekend and at peace with starting another week of work.
What is Sunday Night Spa?
The concept of Sunday Night Spa is simple. It’s a time when I put aside everything else and make self-care my priority. I pamper myself with skin care and beauty, relaxation, and yeah, a bit of wine never hurts either.
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For my Sunday Night Spa, a bath or shower is always the first step. The one you choose is a matter of opinion. Personally, I love a relaxing bath with some great music.
If you aren’t a bath person or if your home only has a shower, that shower is still a great way to kick off your spa night because you step out feeling clean and refreshed.
Skin Care Routine
After my bath, it’s time to pamper my skin. Most nights, I use a simple routine of makeup remover like my favorite micellar water from La Roche-Posay, cleanser, serum, and moisturizer.
Sunday nights, and once or twice more during the week, I take the extra step of exfoliating. There’s something therapeutic about sloughing off dead skin cells and feeling that impeccably soft skin on your cheek.
Before I move on with my serum and moisturizer, though, I take a break for the next step in my Sunday Night Spa: a great face mask.
I’m a self-professed facemask addict, though I maintain that it’s not my fault. It’s soothing and relaxing while also giving you amazing skin…how could I turn that down?
A mask is an essential part of my Sunday Night Spa, but I tend to use different types of masks depending on my skin’s issues or whatever my whim happens to be.
If I’m in the mood for some blackhead removal, it has to be the Revision Black Mask. There’s something irresistible about peeling away the mask and seeing the fruits of your non-labor.
Of course, there are countless other face masks too depending on what you want to improve about your skin. Regardless of which one you choose, it’s a relaxing way to take a break and hang out on the couch while that mask revitalizes your skin for you.
When my mask has reached its time limit, I remove it and top off my skincare for the night with moisturizer.
With my face thoroughly pampered, the next step of my Sunday Night Spa is a relaxing foot bath.
During the warmer months I’m constantly wearing sandals, so my feet tend to take a beating throughout the week. The foot bath gives them a chance to refresh.
Along with the foot bath, I break out the callus removers, pumice stones, the whole nine yards. After my feet are clean and callus-free, I wrap up the pedicure by moving on to the next and final stage of Sunday Night Spa: the nails.
Is there any better way to head into a new workweek than with beautiful nails? If there is, I haven’t found one.
While I don’t usually need to re-apply my toenail paint every week, I have to confess, I love painting my fingernails. A new color each week gives me the opportunity to keep up with my ever-changing personal style.
Plus, there’s something about a fresh manicure that makes me feel powerful and energized, which is exactly the feeling I need as I head into Monday morning.
Creating Your Own Sunday Night Spa
So, there you have it – my Sunday night routine. For me, it’s the perfect way to wrap up my weekend without feeling sad that it’s over, and it puts me in the mindset of being prepared for a productive week.
Try your own Sunday Night Spa this weekend with whatever steps you want to include. Happy pampering!