Sunday Riley’s Full Around-The-Clock Skincare Routine (Even at 3AM)
BY SOPHIE CHUNG
“It’s true! I reapply in the middle of the night at around 3AM and I also reapply my skincare throughout the day.”
6 DEC - 2022
This year, I had the honour of interviewing Sunday Riley, who is a household name for most.
We talked about all things business and her journey to success, and in particular, the ebbs and flows of starting a skincare brand in the thick of a recession back in 2009’s Global Financial Crisis. With the next dip coming hard and fast at us, her interview proved to be inspirational for all the female hustlers in need of motivation.
LUNA Sleeping Night Oil
LUNA Sleeping Night Oil lives forever in my facial oil collection as a must in my bedtime routine. So when I heard that Sunday wakes up in the middle of the night for to top up her skincare, I needed to stop what I was doing and find out if this was something I should be setting an alarm for.
“It’s true! I reapply in the middle of the night at around 3AM and I also reapply my skincare throughout the day. I definitely switch it up depending on what we’re developing but my core routine is pretty consistent.
At the moment, I keep our new C.E.O Afterglow Vitamin C Brightening Cream on my bedside table, I use it a little differently to most. I wake up in the morning and I wash my face with Ceramic Slip then I’ll spritz my face with Pink Drink, which helps to support the microbiome – I take my probiotics and I use my Pink Drink! I then apply Afterglow first basically as a thick water based serum – this is an extreme hack but I really believe it has brightened the appearance of my skin. Then I mix around 2-3 pumps of CEO 15% Vitamin C Serum, with about 2-3 drops of CEO Glow so both Vitamin C and mix them together in my hand then I apply it. I’m pretty diligent about application, I’ll apply all over my face, under the eye, over the eye, I make sure I apply around the mouth, face, neck and chest.
From here, I might go do some emails, do my thing around the house. I’ll come back and apply Good Genes. If I need a moisturiser, I’ll use ICE Ceramide Moisturising Cream. Finally, I’ll apply Auto Correct Eye Contour Cream around my eyes. I also reapply Auto Correct throughout the day because I have to look awake cause I don’t really sleep.
Plus I always have products at my desk throughout the day. I’ll always apply CEO Serum and (at the moment) C.E.O Afterglow Vitamin C Brightening Cream throughout the day at least once. AND I apply a tonne of sunscreen – even if I’m indoors I apply a tonne of sunscreen.
At night is where it gets a little weird, I’ll use Ceramic Slip to cleanse, a spritz of Pink Drink then A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum. If I haven’t done the Good Genes, I might put it on now but I usually do it in the morning. I wait a minute, I might walk around, do some stuff, take my contacts out – I spread it out. Then, I’ll put my CEO 15% Vitamin C Serum on, so Vitamin C twice a day. I’ll apply LUNA Sleeping Night Oil. Then I’ll apply C.E.O Afterglow Vitamin C Brightening Cream, because I have to make sure I cake it all on before I go to bed. Then I go to sleep.
This is where it gets a little crazy! I wake up, always, at least once or twice in the middle of the night (I purposely wake up because I make myself drink so much water) and at this point I check in on how my skin might feel – is it dry or dehydrated, what’s the texture or feeling. Then in the middle of the night, I’ll do another round. Usually just some CEO 15% Vitamin C Serum and some ICE Ceramide Moisturising Cream but I always apply around 3AM.”