Something For The Weekend

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Relax, unwind and look gorgeous with these pampering tips from the fabulous and the fashionable

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Something for the weekend

1.    Day of rest (and recuperation)

‘During the week, work takes over and, at best, you can squeeze in a lunchtime treatment’, says Nicky Kinnaird, founder of Space NK. ‘But, on Sundays, we can properly relax. A spa treatment helps to put things back in perspective and prepares you for the week ahead’. Restore energy levels by treating yourself to a detox, massage or body therapy such as The Ultimate Escape, $345 for three hours and 15 minutes, at Spa NK; the three-and-a-half-hour Ayurvedic Escape, $592.5, at Espa; and Top to Toe Rejuvenation, $427.5 for three and a half hours, at Elemis, loved by Pixie Lott and Kristen Stewart.

2.    Home haven

Scented candles are a great way to de-stress. ‘After I put (son) Indio to bed, it’s “me time”, says Jodie Kidd. ‘I lie on my bed and read or soak in the bath, but a Neom candle is always burning’. We love Neom Organic Treatment Candle in Tranquility, $56.5, and Jo Malone Diffuser in Lime, Basil and Mandarin, $67.5.

3.    Take a hike

‘I love walking my dog and riding in the fresh air – gyms are so stuffy and there’s really no substitute for a scenic backdrop’, says Sienna Miller. As well as helping to lower blood pressure and lose body fat, walking outdoors is associated with mental well-being. ‘It helps self-esteem and symptoms of depression’, adds Simon Barnett, Ramblers director of walking programmes. Invest in fur-lined Ugg Adirondack walking boots, $330, and a copy of Rambless Best Walks Britain ($37.5, Collins), and you’re set.

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Take a hike

4.    4. Healthy hair

How do celebrities colour their hair over and over again without damaging it? ‘It’s about lots of deep-conditioning treatments’, says Nicola Clarke, celebrity hair colourist at John Frieda. Madonna looks after her hair with Alterna Caviar Anti-Ageing Seasilk Moisture Shampoo, $40.5. John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner, $8.99, repairs any damage caused by overstyling, while Lauren Laverne relies on Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, $32,5. ‘I try to keep my hair looking healthy and damage-free with a deeply moisturizing mask at the weekends’, she says.

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Healthy hair

5.    Perfect polish

‘Concentrating on a nan-work-related activity, such as a manicure or pedicure, calms the mind,’ says Jenny Longworth, Revlon’s nail artist, who has worked with Jessie J and Rihanna. Cuticle oils are popular with models running from job to job: ‘I always have to get my nails done for work, so I make time at weekends to give them some love with Nails Inc Cuticle Pen [$18],’ says model Poppy Delevigne. ‘It smells like lavender, so I apply it before I go to bed on a Sundsy night.’

6.    End of week treat

Get in the mood for a weekend wind-down with a treatment on a Friday. ‘At the end of the week, my clients often hold immense tension and fatigue not only in their bodies but in their faces too, which alters how they look,’ says Anastasia Achilleos, legendary facialist. ‘I use deep manipulation lymphatic drainage and cranial therapy to create a sense of letting go, balance and stillness.’

7.    7. Complete mental calm

Can’t get away to a distant paradise to chill out? Try transcendental meditation (popular with super-humans such as Gisele Bundchen) at home. ‘We use a technique that show a racing mind how to relax but still be alert, while also giving the body a rest,’ says teacher David Hughes, whose clients include Katy Perry and Heather Graham. A retreat condenses the benefits of four to six months of normal meditation into four days of ‘industrial strength’ meditation. Visit londonmeditationcentre.com.

8.    8. Give your skin a break

According to a survey by Olay, more than 58 per cent of women in western Europe diagnose themselves as having sensitive skin. ‘Hyper-sensitivity has increased with the rise in high-pressured jobs,’ faces Adele and Elle Macpherson. ‘Lack of sleep, environmental pollution, hectic lifetyles and an overload of products all contribute to skin flare-up, red patches, burning and itching. I tell my clients to stick to simple products, such as rose facial oils, and cut out heavy foundations during their down time,’ says Joss. Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, $50.5, is the most popular DIY face-saver among the Hollywood hard-hitters, with Victoria Beckham duding it ‘a little ambulance in a tube’.

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Give your skin a break

9.    Head in the clouds

‘I love essential oils in my steam room – Neal’s Yard geranium and rose calm and uplift me,’ says Kate Moss. For those without the luxury of an in-house spa, put a few drops of marjoram, $16.5, and ylang ylang, $11.5, in a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and take deep breaths.

10. And relax…

‘What my clients crave in a fragrance is the equivalent of a lazy weekend,’ says Lyn Harris, celebrity perfumer. Victoria Beckhaam and Alexa Chung love Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse, $135, which includes soothing tree moss and cedar. Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina, $84, contains comforting musky wood notes, while Hermes Santal Massoia, $234, is inspired by country air. And Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude EDP, $51, is a ‘musky, neck-nuzzling scent’, says senior vice president Karyn Khoury.

11. Forget the frowns

‘At weekends, our facial expressions change subtly from the way we pursue our lips and furrow our brows when we are stressed at work,’ says Dr Doris Day, a dermatologist at Philosophy. When we’re more relaxed we’re less prone to making these negative expressions, which, in turn, creates a happier mood.’ And now UK-based facialist Debbie Costello tells us there’s a move away from Botox and fillers. ‘People are looking more into results-driven products. Use a skin-plumper, such as Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Day Cream, $9, or Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex, $44.99, which contains micro-filler powders to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

12. Glow and go

A subtle tan is the lazy girl’s way to an instant healthy look. ‘If I’m tired, a St Tropez spray tan boosts my confidence,’ says model and DJ Bip Ling. Organic tan Vani-T Velocity – love by Cameron Diaz – doubles as a skin treatment thanks to marine collagen. For a temporary fix, Givenchy Mister Radiant Body, $48.75, is an antioxidant-rich gel with a hint of golden colour, while Dior Self-Tanning Oil, $42, also gives a gleam.

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Glow and go

13. Clever catnaps

‘Weekends are generally when we sleep more, and when the skin repairs itself,’ says Dr Day. ‘Having a catnap or sleeping in for an extra hour is like a mini holiday for your skin.’ Make like Amy Adams and switch to a super-soft Skinsilk pillowcase, $58.5 – it has the same pH as skin, which helps maintain moisture levels. Encourage skin to boost cells the same pH as skin, which helps maintain moisture levels. Encourage skin to boost cells while you snooze – Lily Donaldson applies Biotherm Skin Viivo Uniformity, $36, before she sleeps, and Lisa Snowdon is a fan of Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream, $72.

14. Pinch of salt

Forget bubble bath - a tub of salts is the smart way to relax and unwind. ‘Magnesium sulphate can be absorbed through the skin, and it’s claimed to lower blood pressure faster than taking it orally,’ says Margo Marrone, co-founder of The Organic Pharmacy. No wonder Rachel Weisz uses Ila Bath Salts for Inner Peace, $64.5, as part of her weekend ritual. ‘I use them on Sundays to relax before the week ahead.’ For an indulgent treat, Katy Perry books in for Ole Henriksen’s Hydrotherapy Soak – you can do it at home with his DIY Rud N’ BuffSalt Scrub, $70.5.

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Pinch of salt

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