Russell Kane: “A fat glass of wine and a cuddle sorts me out!”

The comedian talks us through his self-care saviours

Russell Kane self-care

by Lucie Cave |

We love a bit of self-care and all this time at home has really given us an excuse to look after ourselves inside and out. Each week, we'll be asking the celeb lot to share their Sunday self-care routines, because taking care of yourself is more important than ever.

This week it's all about comedian Russell Kane, the writer, comedian and actor who is best know for his stand-up specials and his hilarious commentary on Instagram. His Love Island sketches? Top tier.

Forever the overachiever, the star also has his own hilarious podcast 'Russell Kane's Man Baggage' and famously hosted the chart-topping BBC Radio 4 podcast 'Evil Genius'.

Russell Kane chats exclusively to heat about favourite books, burnout and his saucy secret for a good night's rest...

What does self-care look like for you?

"I’m low maintenance and blessed with a love of books and film. What I get from turning my phone off and watching a two-hour film is what most people get from going to the spa for two days. It switches my brain off at the stem. My number one tip is 'self-sufficiency' when it comes to self-care – it's much easier to maintain when it’s on you and you don’t pin it on other people or holidays."

What books have you read recently that you’ve loved?

"There’s a favourite quote I’m using 'I go to non-fiction when I want to find facts and I go to fiction when I want truth.' It’s not a very manly thing to read so much fiction, but I love it.

I just read an amazing book called Acts of Love and War by Maggie Brookes (£13) about a woman who is attracted to two brothers at the same time during the Spanish civil war and it's based on a true story. It has a bit of everything in it – love, war, history and it's accidentally topical with what's going on in Ukraine."

Do you ever meditate?

"No, I’m too impatient!"

What's your top secret for good skin?

"I don't have Botox or filler,  but I do have a radio frequency facial - it's non-invasive and feels like a hot pen being run over your face. I also take loads of supplements that encourage extreme biohacking - my wife, Lindsay is working on a business around this and has been testing her product on me!"

What rituals help you sleep?

"Well, it's grounded in science that after an orgasm you are programmed to rest! So either that or change the light bulbs in your bedroom to red as that makes you sleepy – fact!"

Bath or shower?

"Shower; short hot violent and as quick as possible. Don’t lie in a bath like a lazy hippo in your own dirt!"

What products do you use?

"I don’t put anything on my body or hair unless it has passed a full lab trial that shows it has done something. The only thing that costs me money are the 11 different aftershaves I use – I have one for every mood depending on where I am in my cycle [laughs] I call it "Boy-vulating".

Ever get burned out?

"I never feel I can’t carry on with my career but if you mean do I get on-the-floor-tired at least once a week? Yes. The answer for me is a fat glass of wine and cuddle and eight to nine hours' sleep."

Quickfire round:

TV binge? The Boys series 3 and me and [wife] Lindsay are watching Inside Number 9 from series 1.

How do you have your cuppa? I don’t have tea but I have loads of coffee – triple espresso helps everything!

Fave candle? Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir (£50). No question.

Suicide prevention charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), launch The Last Photo exhibition to challenge the stigma and stereotypes surrounding suicide. For more info, head to thecalmzone.net/thelastphoto.

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