Gwyneth’s home spa day routine
Published on: July 31, 2022
The right routine can change your life and free up a framework to make meaningful transformation. When I was younger, I had no sort of routine (except for my morning coffee and Camel Lights). But when I was about 25, I started this serious yoga practice six mornings a week. Very quickly I found out – for the first time – that I had real discipline.
Routines continue to help me make meaningful shifts in the way I live morning skin care and intermittent fasting for our sacred Faltrow clan dinners. (Every Wednesday we have a special dinner with all four kids where we sit around the table together. It’s something we did religiously throughout their high school years, but since the girls are going to college in September, we’re doing a new ritual of sorts .) Flexibility is also important – you have to respond to the fluctuations in life, and there are always opportunities to create new rituals.
Creating space for a routine can be like simply setting an alarm for yourself to remember to meditate or scheduling a regular physical therapy appointment, taking a bath, reserve some private time for yourself, even call a friend in your calendar. (One caveat: Type A people need to be a little careful with routines—just be sure you don’t create a situation where you use the routine as a tool to punish yourself.)
I’m excited about my relatively new spa routine—our home spa in Montecito has a cold plunge, hot tub, steam room, and sauna—that I’ll be using often. Brad is an obsessive cold stamp, and we both love a good sauna schvitz. But you definitely don’t need a spa to do this routine.
One of my favorite wellness rituals before I sweat, work out, or even shower is to dry brush. I brush against the heart to promote blood flow. It’s tingling and refreshing – and it’s a fantastic exfoliator. It just wakes me up.
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My hair is color treated and gets a lot of wear and tear so I wanted to create something active that would help strengthen it. This serum makes my hair manageable and soft and shiny. I love applying it to dry hair – I really work in from root to tip – and it smells lovely. I leave it on for at least 20 minutes before I shampoo.
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“The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak is one of my absolute favorite goop products – I bathe in it almost every night. We called it “Martini” for two reasons: One, I love a really good martini. And secondly, in the movie world, the martini is the last take of the day. I developed it with an amazing acupuncturist, Paul Kempisty, who is a really good friend of mine and incredibly skilled in the art of essential oils. I put it in very hot water and soak it for at least 20 minutes at the end of each day. It smells so good and it’s made with these beautiful Himalayan salts and incredible essential oils like Frankincense, Myrrh and Vetiver. It is special.
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Our Himalayan salt scrub shampoo is an incredible hair product — and you only need a small scoop so it lasts forever. It has this amazing pillowy texture – the shampoo itself is so foamy and luxurious – but you can also feel the salt crystals deep cleansing the scalp for a lovely, fresh feeling. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, bouncy and full every time.
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This body butter is actually the best red carpet skin secret that I know. It’s super, super rich and ultra hydrating. In addition, it is firming, like the rest of the GOOPGENES collection. I massage it into my skin and it gives this incredible glow.
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