My Sun­day rou­tine

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH MELISSA WILLIAMS-KING - Lucy Vin­cent of Sans [ceu­ti­cals]

I’m a big fan of rit­u­als and my days are usu­ally pep­pered with them. Most are seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant, but per­sonal and ther­a­peu­tic none­the­less.

I re­mem­ber a Nescafé ad on the tele­vi­sion when I was young, where a woman, af­ter vac­u­um­ing (no gen­der stereo­types here!), takes one sip of coffee and zones out to the trop­ics. Af­ter hav­ing kids, I to­tally re­late to th­ese mo­ments and now make rit­u­als out of noth­ing – a walk to the dairy, a cup of coffee etc. Suf­fice to say, I don’t think my daily rit­u­als will make for ex­cit­ing read­ing, but they work for me.

Sun­days have changed for me in the last few years as I don’t have my sons on the week­end – a dif­fi­cult ad­just­ment to be­gin with.

I al­ways wake early on Sun­days, so my ini­tial fo­cus is coffee. Coffee on this day is dif­fer­ent be­cause I don’t have to kick into gear.

As the caf­feine hit comes on, I start think­ing about what I want to cook later that night and what I might need sup­plies-wise. This usu­ally in­volves a mis­sion to Asian gro­cers and spe­cialty food stores.

As hard as I try, I just can’t get ex­cited about the gym so, as far as ex­er­cise goes, I re­ally love walk­ing. I find it hugely ther­a­peu­tic as it helps to clear my head. I usu­ally head to Auck­land’s west coast or North Head on the North Shore.

Ev­ery new year I pledge to start yoga again. I did it for years and ab­so­lutely loved it, but things got hec­tic. I will get back there one day.

Usu­ally at about 4pm, I’ll start pre­par­ing din­ner, pour my­self a wine and start cook­ing with some good mu­sic on in the back­ground. I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Harumi lately – it’s crazy good.

To re­ally check out, a bath and glass of wine is top on the list for me. I’m not a big fan of com­pli­cated beauty regimes and like to keep it min­i­mal. I use two prod­ucts for ev­ery­thing, which means I use them up quickly so they are al­ways fresh.

I use Sans [ceu­ti­cals] Goji Body + Face Cleans­ing Oil for body and face, and Ac­ti­va­tor 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil on my face and body (as it is high in vi­ta­min A), to shave my legs, take off my make-up and as a quick-so­lu­tion hair serum.

The last thing on my Sun­day agenda is to set­tle in and watch some­thing from Net­flix. At the mo­ment I’m watch­ing se­ries three of Chef’s Ta­ble.

My ideal Sun­day No plans. My typ­i­cal Sun­day As above. Ideal Sun­day sound­track

Karen Dal­ton, In My Own Time.

Fave Sun­day café

Bolaven on Mt Eden Rd. Its Asian-style break­fasts are num­ber one.

Hang­over cure

If you can stom­ach it, a litre of green smoothie that’s not sweet. Ev­i­dently your liver craves fat when you are hung over, hence the greasy food crav­ing. So the best way to stop this is eat­ing good fats like av­o­cado on toast. Then about 5pm, have a glass of wine.

Best tip for Sun­day night blues

Spend 10 min­utes plan­ning, and look for­ward to/get ex­cited about all the good parts of your week. Then watch a good film.

Lucy Vin­cent is a top hair stylist turned beauty brand cre­ator.

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