Sundays are for brunches, communal hangovers, and catching up on last week's TV.
Mine are, anyway. After brunch, I usually head home for my TV marathon, which I think is the best time for a little beauty pamper. I can't sit still and watch a TV show unless something keeps me there, so I take this time to paint my nails, marinate in various body products or...do a face mask.
My favourite kind have to be peeling/cleansing/extracting/brightening masks. There's just something incredibly satisfying about taking off the last vestiges of a deep cleansing mask to reveal new, glowing skin. I usually like clay masks (as evidenced by two out of three here), with the occasional glycolic or enzyme peek mask to prep my skin if it's feeling really clogged. Those of you with sensitive skin, I advise against following a peeling mask with a clay one -- it can really tear up your skin.
That little round pot labelled Indian Healing Clay is a decant of the strongest mask I've ever used. When my skin is troubled, I mix it with a little apple cider vinegar or water for an all-over mask or an insanely strong spot treatment. I apply it with an old foundation brush and sit until I feel like it's completely dried. Again, for sensitive skin, mix with water and apply a very thin layer. You can actually feel the pulling sensation on your skin, and it leaves me red for a while, so I only use this at night. Once you remove it and your skin calms down, it leaves the most beautiful matte finish.
Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque has a ridiculously high rating on Make Up Alley, as it should. If you're too lazy to mix up the Indian Healing Clay (as I often am), consider this a pre-mixed version. It's not quite as strong as the other one, but most people will still benefit from its detox power. Sometimes I'll even smooth a thin layer over my face in the morning and wash it off right away, like a cleanser. This takes about 20 minutes to dry.
To give my skin a break from the pore-vacuuming action, I turn to Caudalie's Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peeling Masque. I turn to this when I have more of a general complexion problem, versus actual breakouts. It comes out as a white paste that dries a little chalky, but it's the nicest 5-minute boost for your skin. In fact, it's what I have on my skin at this very moment. This is the priciest of the three, but I think that's fairly normal for an enzyme treatment. This gives less of a flat, matte finish than the other two and leaves your skin radiant.
To remove all my masks, I run a muslin cloth under running lukewarm water and gently buff it off in a broad sweeping motion. Since these are cleansing masks, try not to buff them off in small circles or it could take off more skin than you're able to handle.
What's your Sunday routine?