How We Spent Our Skin Care Sunday
In our opinion, every day of the week should be dedicated to skin care, but if there’s one day that’s universal amongst beauty bloggers, editors, and junkies alike, it’s Sunday. Indeed, we lounge around in our PJs and kick our sacred beauty rituals into high gear. Because what better way to welcome a new work week than with fresh, clean, and revitalized skin? In honor of the New Year, we’re taking you all on a little tour inside our typical Skin Care Sunday rituals at home. Here’s exactly how we indulge our skin at the end of each week.
“Skin Care Sunday for me always starts with deep-cleaning my skin. Of course, I make sure to cleanse my skin twice daily during the week, but I like to up the ante on Sundays. (Go big or go home, right?) After sweeping my skin with micellar water, I follow up with an alcohol-free toner to ensure that dirt is cleansed away. Not everyone is a fan of toner, but I really like the way it helps balance my combination skin and mattify the appearance of oilier areas. Next, time to multi-mask. For my oily T-Zone, I always reach for a clay-based formula to help reduce excess oil and help keep my pores purified. For my dry cheeks, gel-textured masks (stored in the fridge!) are incredibly hydrating and soothing. I recently received a complimentary sample of Vichy’s Quenching Mineral Face Mask—enriched with hydrating glycerin and vitamin B3—and it’s my current go-to while multi-masking. While my masks are hard at work, I usually brew some tea, scroll through my social feeds, or watch TV. After about 10 minutes, I rinse my skin with lukewarm water and gently pat it dry with a washcloth. After my mask, I smooth on a generous dollop of oil-free moisturizer. At night, I pick up my beauty ritual once again by cleansing and moisturizing as usual, followed by eye cream. As a last step, I apply a sleeping mask that’ll help my skin look radiant, hydrated, and replenished come morning. Who doesn’t like waking up to that on a Monday?” – Jessica Khorsandi, Junior Editor
“Sunday is my favorite day of the week to care for my skin. I always start my Skin Care Sunday by dry brushing my body and exfoliating my complexion with a sugar scrub before soaking in a warm Epsom salt, coconut oil, and eucalyptus essential oil bath. This helps me slough away dry, dead surface skin cell buildup from the week and relax my mind. While in the bath, I like to put a bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mask on my complexion, neck, and chest. The DIY clay mask leaves my skin feeling cleansed and ready for the week. Once I'm out of the bath (and have rinsed off the mask), I massage coconut oil onto my body and apply a hydrating facial mask to my complexion for about 10-20 minutes. Once my time is up, I follow up with a pH balancing toner, vitamin C serum, rosehip oil, and a hydrating moisturizer and eye cream. I also deep condition my soles by applying some castor oil to my feet, followed by plastic wrap and a pair of warm, fuzzy socks. This helps keep my feet soft and smooth in the dry, cold winter season.” – Jessica Quinn, Junior Editor
“For me, Skin Care Sunday starts when I wake up. The first thing I do is deeply cleanse my skin with my Clarisonic which I’ve had since college but have upgraded with the new and improved brush heads—my favorite is the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head which I feel helps keep my pores decongested. I use a gentle cleanser formulated with lactic acid to chemically exfoliate the surface of my skin and after cleansing I physically exfoliate my skin with a scrub. After that I reach for Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque—which I received compliments of the brand and immediately became obsessed with. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay, oatmeal, and aloe vera, the mask helps to purify skin and I’ve noticed my pores look smaller—sensing a pattern yet? After I remove the mask I layer on a thick moisturizer (because the cold winter weather isn’t doing my complexion any favors) and then reach for an equally thick body butter and moisturize the skin below my chin. On Sundays I also let my skin breathe by skipping the heavy foundations and contouring and opting instead for a makeup-free face.” – Jackie Burns Brisman, Editor in Chief