“My 5 Daily Rituals That Make A Real Difference”

marie claire's beauty director Sally Hunwick shares the daily rituals that keep her balanced.

My life is pretty busy. I have a demanding job and I am the mother of two young boys, one of whom is only 16 months old. Life is non-stop and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but it is important for me to have some daily rituals to keep my head, mind and body in check.

1. Wake Up Fresh

Simply put, the only way to do this is get enough sleep the night before! I place a lot of importance on my sleep; it’s so crucial to having a productive day at work and being a good mamma to my boys. I try to go to bed at the same time each night so that I can be up at 6am and ready to start the day. I also turn off my phone before I hit the pillow and I often diffuse a night time essential oil an hour or so bed to get me ready for sleep. Usually I get up with the boys, try and get a bit of a stretch in while my little one plays around then I make a coffee to get me ready for the day. I love the Moccona Barista Reserve Café Black, it tastes just like freshly brewed coffee but I can get it made in seconds! It’s my little teeny bit of me time in amongst a busy morning.

Sally Hunwick drinking coffee
(Credit: Phillip Castleton)

2. Take A Bath

We didn’t have a bath in our old house so now that I have a bath again, I am using it! I love to take a bath at night time once my baby boy is asleep and the house is quiet. I’ll add a beautifully scented bubble bath or an oil. Sometimes I just lie there and quiet my mind, or sometimes I even catch up on a bit of Netflix. It’s my extra little bit of me-time.

3. Make A Mask

In my role as Beauty Director I get to try a lot of different face masks, but there are times when I feel creative and want to DIY something in my own kitchen. Caffeine is the ultimate in reducing inflammation and puffiness and also really good for tightening the skin. And a DIY mask is easy to make! I made a mask the other day using instant coffee (I used Moccona Barista Reserve Café Black. It’s not just perfect for my morning cuppa, it’s also amazing as a face mask ingredient!), turmeric and natural yoghurt. Turmeric is rich in vitamin C and great for lightening pigmentation, while yoghurt contains lactic acid, which helps sloth off dead skin cells leaving skin smooth and bright.

Coffee & Tumeric  Face Mask


1 level teaspoon Moccona Barista Reserve Café Black

1 level teaspoon turmeric

1 generous tablespoon Greek yogurt


1. In a bowl, add a level teaspoon of Moccona Barista Reserve Café Black and a level teaspoon of turmeric. Mix the two and add a generous tablespoon of Greek yogurt to make a smooth paste You can add more yogurt if you want to make it a creamier mask.

2. Apply the paste to your face with a synthetic makeup brush and leave for 20 minutes. 

3. Massage mask into face with a bit of warm water for a minute or two (this will help get rid of dead skin cells and leave skin glowing) before rinsing thoroughly with warm water and a facecloth. Use a dark facecloth to avoid staining.

Sally Hunwick masking a face mask
(Credit: Phillip Castleton)

4. Energise With Exercise

While I can’t get to the gym these days, I do make sure that I get the kids out and about every day. I’ll often take a coffee, (yep, my Moccona Barista Reserve Café Black in my keep cup!), as caffeine is great to get the metabolism going. We love to go for a walk with friends or meet people at the local park – when we aren’t in lock-down! I also try to walk to or from work with a friend a few times a week to keep my steps up. If I do over 5,000 a day during the week, I am pretty happy. And that doesn’t count all the running around I’m doing after the kids at home!

5. Reflect By Journaling

I write a lot at work but I still like to journal. I often just type a few words into my phone but getting thoughts out on paper is a great way to remind myself of the things I am grateful for and it helps me let go of worries and stress too. I can also look back and see how I was feeling at a certain time. I find it a great way to feel more centred.

Moccona Barista Reserve
(Credit: Phillip Castleton)

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