Nicolas Travis On Sunday Masking And Recharging

Founder of Singaporean skincare brand Allies of Skin, Nicolas Travis spends a lot of his time travelling for work, but wherever he is in the world Sunday’s are sacred. There’s no schedule, so he can sleep in and keep the day free to do as he feels. From listening to Deepak Chropra’s guided meditation to Sunday evening masking, here is how Nicolas recharges…

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On De-Stressing After A Busy Week…

I travel a lot for work, I’m on a plane probably every two weeks, so regular restorative yoga classes help me to reset and rebalance. I also have an acupuncture mat that I use regularly. When I’m stressed, I lie on it and meditate, usually with the Headspace app. I’m currently enjoying Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day of Abundance Meditation Experience.

On Starting Your Own Business…

My biggest tip would be to believe in yourself. Focus on the yes and ignore the nos. All you need is one person to say yes and open the door for you. The rest will follow.

On Setting The Tone With Scents….

I love Diptyque’s Baies Room Spray, it’s a great universal scent for refreshing the room and bed sheets. I’m also a fan of Byredo’s Bibliotheque Candle

On The Damp Skin Trick…

One of my favourite beauty tips is to apply skincare on damp skin. Your skin is like a sponge; it absorbs and retains more when it’s damp. This is why misting is such an important step – mist after cleansing to deliver nutrients and essential hydration to the skin.

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On Simple Bodycare Routines…

I’m a shower person and I like to keep my bodycare routine extremely simple. If I’m breaking out on my back I’ll use Allies of Skin Bright Future Sleeping Facial and then top it up with an avocado oil. I apply both when I’m in the shower and my skin is still wet for maximum absorption. 

On Coming Back From Platinum…

I wash my hair everyday with Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Shampoo and Conditioner. I also like Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask With Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. I used to be platinum blonde, so a few times a week I use Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector just to restore and repair the damage from past bleaching. 

On Saging The Room Before Bed…

My bedroom is very sacred as it’s my favourite place in the apartment to recharge, so I’m very protective of that space. My sheets are changed twice a week, I sage the room at least once a week and I use a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow to help aid relaxation before bed.

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On Sunday Evening Masking…

Sunday is the day for extras, so it’s when I give myself an at-home facial. I start off with a peel – I like the Omorovicza Copper Peel – to gently dissolve and loosen dead skin cells. Then comes a clay mask to help suck out the gunk and dead cells that the peel has loosened. I follow up with a hydrating sheet mask, while I’m not partial to any brand I avoid any with silicones and fragrance. 

On Essential Radiance Boosters…

If my skin needs it I might use Ren Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask to soothe and reduce redness. I always mist a generous layer of Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist before applying a mix of the Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum with Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum to boost radiance.

On Getting Eight Hours Of Sleep…

Unfortunately, I don’t get as much sleep as I need. I need seven-to-eight hours, but I usually average somewhere between five and six. It’s something I’m working on.

On Gut Boosting Supplements…

I am a big believer in probiotics and adaptogen supplements to help keep your gut, skin and body healthy. I take them regularly and my favourite adaptogens are ashwagandha, maca, chaga and reishi.

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On Morning Routines…

I’m a jump-out-of-bed person and I’m usually up before my alarm goes off. The first three things I always do are pray, meditate and take a teaspoon of chlorophyll with water – it’s a great internal deodoriser. 

On Setting Intentions For The Week Ahead…

Gratitude is a big focus of mine. On a Monday morning I set my intentions for the week and I give thanks for everything I have and ask to be guided to where I need to be.

On The Thing That Surprises People…

I drink a lot of tequila.

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