We’re only hours away from the Oscars and with it, the prospect of sitting in front of the TV for four-plus hours. While this week is a bit extreme, most of us have our own Sunday night viewing rituals (any fellowThe Good Wife fans out there?).
For someone like me, who neglects cuticles till they’re ragged and spaces out on regular facials, Sunday nights are my time to catch up on both my favorite shows and my beauty rituals. (Let the record also show that I’m impatient and love to multitask.) Here are three ways that I’m making my tube time more healthy:
1. Fix Those Hands (and Feet!): Before you even think about trying out that new emerald polish, soften those hands. Watch our video to get tips on exfoliating, hydrating, and protecting even the driest hands. Try these techniques on feet too!
2. Overhaul Your Complexion: Before you mindlessly plop on any old face mask, first get rid of dead skin with a gentle scrub. Lately, I’ve been liking Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Facial Rejuvenator because it has both physical and chemical exfoliants (read: visible results, immediately). After rinsing skin, apply a targeted face mask. Skin looking a bit blah? Run, don’t walk, to get Glamglow’s Mud Mask. The slate-colored concoction looks vaguely primordial (it does have volcanic rock in it, after all) and feels intensely tingly on skin, but it leaves you with a toned, smooth, and fresh complexion. For parched skin, try NUXE’s Masque Creme Fraiche, a soothing blend that tones down redness and boosts moisture levels.
3. Extend That Haircut: Don’t tell Jeff Chastain, but I go as long as possible between hair trims. My trick: a weekly hair mask, which keeps my hair softs and my ends split-free. If I’m planning on showering before bed, I’ll wet hair and pile on a treatment like Number 4 Reconstructing Masque and let it sit in while I catch up on Luther. (Bonus: it smells b-a-n-a-n-a-s good.) For heavy-duty repair, go for Ojon’s Restorative Hair Treatment and leave it on overnight (sleep on a towel to save your pillowcases).
Do you have any beauty-and-TV rituals? Tell me in the comments below!