I have a love-hate relationship with Sundays. Hate, because the weekend is almost over and another week is about to start before I’m ready, and love because they are reserved for lounging around, eating yummy food and giving my skin a little extra love. Pamper Sundays are a ritual I’ve come to love, and I’ve also hooked Simon on it, which was not as hard as you’d think. You know, a couple that masks together stays together.
You may have noticed a #FacemaskSunday appearing on my Insta-stories, where I show you the mask I am using (almost) each week. I love trying different brands, so the Mask Time boxes are right up in my faves, the Garnier sheet masks make regular appearances, and I am obsessed with the best-smelling Anatomicals chocolate mask. But let’s start with step one…
As in 98% of the cases I’ve spent the day laying around the couch in my PJs, I am obviously not wearing makeup or sunblock, so I don’t always do a double cleanse on a Sunday. Unless, of course, I’ve been out of the house. It is, however, important to wash your face before exfoliating so you can remove any dust or dirt that might have found their way to your skin. I start my routine with what I think is one of the most talked about cleansers these days – the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I may not be crazy about the rose scent, but it doesn’t bother me too much, because I love the milky jelly texture and that it makes me feel like I’ve done a good job taking the day off.
You might know that my favourite product for the job at the moment is the Avene Gentle Exfoliating Gel. I just bought a replacement because I’m obsessed with it. It comes in a gorgeous and very photogenic (!) bottle, it is indeed very gentle and does its job perfectly well. You don’t need much – pop a large pea-sized amount on your fingers and exfoliate your wet face with circular motions, without pressing too hard. Wash it all off, pat dry with a soft towel and enjoy your baby-soft skin! I do it two to three times a week, but no more, because over-scrubbing is never good.
You know how much I love my Avene Thermal Water, and use it for anything and everything. After I’ve exfoliated my skin, I spray a bit of the eau thermale to make sure my skin is not irritated and slightly damp, in preparation for toner. I’ve been using the Garnier Soothing Botanical Toner for a couple of months now and what I like about it is that it feels very gentle, unlike old-school toners, and doesn’t have a harsh smell. I use a cotton pad to apply the toner all over my face, which removes any leftovers of product/dirt and make my skin ready for the next step.
#facemasksunday is literally the highlight of the end of my weekends. Maybe after the occasional Sunday Roast. It’s up there, ok? I love how soft my skin feels after I’ve taken a mask on, and this is about 90% of why I do them. I’ve talked about Mask Time* in a previous post, so go check that out. They now have the Glow Starter box, which comes with four sheet masks, which makes it perfect if you’re a K-beauty or mask newbie and don’t want to commit to a big box. Recently, for example, I used the Ariul 7 Days Mask. The bamboo water in it is hydrating and works to defend your skin from signs of ageing because it’s packed with amino acids which, if applied regularly, help strengthen the skin and delay signs of ageing.
Usually, you should have a mask on for 10-20 minutes, and massage the remaining product in your face and neck after removing it.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which brightens and smoothes the skin, fights pigmentation issues and gives the skin that we all dream of. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, it is anti-ageing and fights UV damage, so when you combine the two, you get the power-bomb your skin needs. Teamwork!
Last step, because I am still not hooked on oils, but I’m trying, OK?!
Moisturisers, however, are like my favourite thing ever. Especially the Elemis Marine Cream. It is magic. I fell in love with it after using a little sample I got from somewhere and I use the full size SO carefully because I never want it to end. Now, I don’t have any signs of ageing, so I can’t say it has reduced the appearance of my non-existing wrinkles, BUT it has the most beautiful smooth formula that definitely feels hydrating and just a little boujee.
And there you have it, my pamper routine. I think it’s played a big role in me getting used to going out with a bare face, and not worrying about my skin. It’s like a little plant – if you give it all the water and plant food it needs, it will grow strong (unless you’re me and you kill cacti like it’s a sport). Have a glorious Sunday!
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