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Susan Harmsworth

In her final diary entry, the Espa CEO is in countdown mode before her trip to Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

July 25 2011
Susan Harmsworth

Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

7am: I was exhausted today so although I woke up at 7am, I got out of bed to make myself my usual detoxifying hot water and lemon and after picking up the papers, I went back to bed again!

9am: When I finally did rise, I made a smoothie with bananas, raspberries and blueberries for breakfast using my “bells and whistles” blender, adding a touch of spirulina to help boost my energy levels and strengthen my immunity. I’m trying to get my system ready for the detox programme at the end of August so I’m cutting out caffeine and alcohol and trying to avoid bread and starch.

9.15am: I left home to go to the John Frieda salon in Mayfair to get my hair cut and coloured. This was an errands day for me – once out of the salon, I ran over to SpaceNK to pick up some make-up as some of my favourite Laura Mercier palettes weren’t going to see me through my trip to the UAE. I then headed over to Rupert Sanderson to pick up a pair of shoes that had been ordered in for me in my size; then, finally, I was excited about my visit to Stephen Webster – I had a beautiful ring being re-set and I couldn’t wait to be reunited with it.

2.30pm: By the time all my “jobs” were completed, it really was time for a late lunch. I headed over to Strand on the Green to meet my gentleman friend. After lunch, we went for a walk through Richmond Park and it was just such a clear, warm day. A relief to be outdoors during high summer.

5pm: I drove back to Guildford as my son Charlie and his wife had invited me over for dinner; I could spend time with Maia (their two-year-old) and Lexi, who is already two months old now. Charlie has a wonderful house with views going down the hill so we sat out and ate on the deck. It was also a delightful, celebratory evening as my daughter-in-law’s mother was over from South Africa for the summer: I’ve known Tina for over 30 years so it was great to catch up and enjoy Charlie’s fare. I’m proud to say that he’s a great cook and his presentation is far better than my own, but I like to think that his tendency to use local produce and ingredients which are in season has been passed on from me!

9pm: When I got home I started my pre-flight skincare and bath ritual. I skin-brushed all over the body and then I applied Espa Skin Polish to cleanse and exfoliate the body while in the shower. On my face I used a brightening exfoliator, Espa Refining Skin Polish, to revitalise before applying my Lift & Firm Mask, which is my favourite anti-ageing, at-home treatment. To keep me intensely hydrated and protected overnight I applied 24 Hour Skin Saviour with Replenishing Face Treatment Oil underneath to really quench skin so that by the time I board my flight, my skin feels totally hydrated. Just before I turned in for the night, I remembered to pop Lift & Firm Intensive Serum for face and eyes into my make-up bag, along with my face oil, and Lift & Firm eye and face moisturiser. For the flight, I can’t travel without Hydrating Floral Spafresh spritzer – this is a face toner which is great for toping up hydration levels, refreshing and rejuvenating.

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