Okay I realize it’s Tuesday as this is posting, but I am pretty consistent about taking some time for a little extra skin attention on Sundays. This isn’t my day to day routine, just that special something I like to do for myself once a week.
My skincare routine on Sunday evenings involves a few masks followed by my absolute favorite face oil. Is it necessary for me to use all of these things? Probably not, but I just like doing it and I like the way my skin feels when I’m done!
I start with Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask which is a pore clearing clay mask. I have pretty oily skin and I tend to get blackheads and sebaceous filaments (read more about the difference here) so I like to use a pore clearing mask once a week.
Pore clearing masks are great but can be drying which is why I usually follow up some hydrating elements to keep everything balanced.
I found Dermal sheet masks on Amazon a while back and have continued to repurchase ever since. I usually get a pack of 16 for around $10-$11, so you can’t beat that! I like these right after a clay mask (or a peel) because they feel soothing, and there’s something very relaxing about laying a serum soaked mask on your face and watching Netflix (currently and newly addicted to “Lost in Space” and “The Good Place”).
Once I’ve let the serum soak in (I put the excess on my neck and chest) I follow up with a moisturizing rinse-off mask.
My two favorite moisturizing masks at the moment are Caudalie Moisturizing Mask and Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment. I don’t use both on the same day but alternate them every other week. The main star of Caudalie’s mask is grape seed oil which is supposed to have anti-aging properties (I can’t really speak to the efficacy of the product in that sense as I’m only 32) but also helps protect skin and keep it hydrated. The Paula’s Choice mask has some moisturizing ingredients as well as anti-oxidants and is especially good if you have drier skin. I tend to use this one more in the winter as I do get dry spots and if I’ve had a long day with full makeup, I’ll sleep it it as an overnight mask just to give my skin a little extra TLC.
The final thing I use at the end of my little mask party (and every night in fact) is Natura Culina Chamomile Face Oil. This one is a little bit pricey (and full disclosure, my friend gave me this bottle) but it’s lasted me a long time as a little goes a long way! I’m nearing the end of my bottle and it’s definitely something I would purchase for myself! The ingredients list is short and simple: “Jojoba Oil, Calendula Flower Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Chamomile Essential Oil, Vitamin”. I know that it seems counter-productive as an oily person to put more oil on my face, but it is actually possible to have dehydrated skin and still be oily. I’ve found that since I started using face oils, my skin has been far less oily than it was before. My skin responds really well to Rosehip Seed Oil, so it’s no surprise to me that this face oil works for me. It absorbs nicely into my skin and leaves my skin looking looking really fresh!
Do you have a treat yourself skincare routine? What are your favorite masks?