The Ultimate Sunday Night Face Mask Routine

The Ultimate Sunday Night Face Mask Routine

We don’t always have time to pay much attention to our skin during the week. When we get home after a busy day, all we want is to rest and we often find ourselves too tired to do more than a quick makeup removal before bed time. A facial routine is easier to fit in a weekend schedule and Sunday night is the perfect time to treat yourself to a well-deserved skincare ritual. Allow your skin to detoxify and feel the benefits throughout the week.

Which Face Mask is Right For My Skin?

Every type of face mask serves its purpose and the product that does wonder for your best friend might not be the best for you.

The secret is finding the Holy Grail mask tailored to your own skin’s needs, whether it’s hydration, excess oil removing, detox, replenishment… They deliver both immediate and long-term benefits when they are integrated to a regular skincare routine. We pulled together our favourite face masks for every skin type:

Normal skin

Normal skin doesn’t need any extra hydration but sometimes looks dull. If that’s your case, look for a mask infused with energising and properties. Some of them are specifically formulated to boost radiance and leave your skin with a luminous glow.

We love Origins masks for their great results and amazing feels, and our go to for dull skin is the Ginzing™ Peel-Off Mask. Enriched with coffee beans, its formula works to refine your complexion.

GLAMGLOW’s FLASHMUD™ Brightening Treatment Glam To Go is another great radiance-reviving face mask that revitalises your skin and combats unevenness as well as dark circles.

If  your skin needs a bit of extra moisture, especially in the Winter, we recommend the Double Glow Peel Mask from Vichy. Its watery-gel texture feels amazing on the skin and leaves it smoothed.

Blemish prone skin

If your skin breaks out, go for a formula that contains blemish-fighting Salicylic Acid. This result-proven ingredient deeply clears up your pores and helps you combat future blemishes.

There are plenty of options out there but one of our favourite is Dermalogica’s Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque. Its purifying yet gentle formula cools down your skin and prevents future breakouts.

As an alternative, the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask helps your skin to get rid of acne, including blackheads.
Another favourite is the Pure Intense Purifying Mask from Babor absorbs excess sebum and leaves your skin visibly calm and smooth.

Oily skin

A clay mask is your must-have to balance oily skin. We love the Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask from Paula’s Choice. Infused with Kaolin clay, it minimises the appearance of pores without drying out your skin.

If you need a deep cleansing treatment, the Aveda Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Mask works to absorb excess oil and dry out impurities, leaving your skin visibly refined.

With its detoxifying and purifying properties, Charcoal is also a key ingredient that you can find in the Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask from Clinique.

Dry and/or sensitive skin

These skin types need a lot of moisture, which you can achieve with the right hydrating mask. We’ve already rounded up our 5 top face masks for sensitive skins but here are some others that are worth giving it a try.

If redness is your main concern, count on the Roséliane Anti-Redness Mask from Uriage to cool down inflamed skin and improve micro-circulation.

We also love Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Mask for its refreshing gel texture and its incredible moisturising properties.
Organic Surge’s Daily Care Deep Cleansing Face Mask combats both dullness and dehydration for a smooth and brightened up complexion.

Mature skin

Enriched with anti-ageing ingredients such as Hyaluronic and Collagen, some face masks effectively improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

NUXE’s Nuxuriance Ultra Mask works to re-plump the skin and reshape the oval of your face.
Another favourite is from Shiseido. Containing exclusive LAG Revitaliser, Shiseido’s Benefiance Firming Massage Mask gives your skin a youthful and radiant glow.

Darphin’s Stimulskin Plus Divine Mask is formulated to reduce visible signs of maturation and boost the skin’s regenerative process.

Your Step By Step Full Pamper Face Mask Routine

A good face mask routine starts off with cleansing and exfoliation. Both are essential steps to remove any impurities from your pores and deeply clean your skin, leaving it ready to absorb all the benefits of your face mask.

Take advantage of the weekend and enjoy a little pamper ritual in the comfort of your own place. Set a nice atmosphere and fully enjoy this ritual. Put on your favourite lounge wear, play some relaxing music and maybe light a few scented candles to feel like you’re at a gorgeous spa.

You are now ready to start your at home facial routine:

  1. Cleanse
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    This step is necessary to remove any impurities and leave your skin perfectly clean, ready to get the benefits of the next steps.

    Find your perfect cleanser. If you want to target skin imperfections, use a clarifying cleanser. If you’re experiencing some irritations, go for a soap-free and fragrance-free formula that won’t disturb your skin’s balance. Suitable for all skin types, Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil is a must-have.

    Apply the cleanser that suits your needs on a clean, makeupless skin. Gently rub in circular motions before washing your face with water.

    Pro tip: always go for cool over warm water to prevent your skin from drying out. Pat your skin with a towel and move on to the next step.

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  2. Exfoliate
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    Exfoliating your skin is a key-step prior the at-home face mask. Exfoliating products remove the top layer of dry and dead skin cells, clear up your pores and leave you with smooth, fresh-looking skin, ready to absorb the good ingredients in your mask.

    Once again, be gentle. Take a little amount of product in your palms and softly massage onto your face for couple of minutes, before rinsing carefully. We love the Gentle Exfoliating Gel from NUXE for its softness and fresh feeling on the skin.

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  3. Apply face mask
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    Apply face mask

    Face masks help you target and effectively solve any skin issue you might have.

    Sometimes, one face mask isn’t enough to address all your concerns. For instance if your skin is oily on your T-zone, dull under your eyes and dry on your cheeks, say yes to multi-masking!

    This skincare strategy consists in using different masks simultaneously on different zones to suit all of your skin’s needs.

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  4. Don't Skip The Toner
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    Don't Skip The Toner

    After rinsing your face mask, you want to make sure that there isn’t any residue left on your skin.

    Using a toner, such as Lancôme’s Tonique Confort Toner will not only leave your complexion squeaky clean but it will also tighten your pores. You can find toners designed for any skin type, from dry to oily. Drop a bit of product on a cotton pad and gently massage across your face and neck. Don’t rinse.

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  5. Serum Time
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    Serum Time

    Boost the benefits of your Sunday night face mask ritual with a serum after your toner.

    Lightweight yet packed with hyper-active ingredients, serums help to instantly regenerate, even out, firm or lighten up your skin. Drop a little bit of serum in your palms and apply onto your face, starting from the centre to the edges.

    We love the fast-absorbing Hydragenist Moisturising Serum from Lierac, that delivers a refreshing fragrance of Rose Water.

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  6. Last But Not Least : Moisturise
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    Last But Not Least : Moisturise

    Finish up your facial ritual with a final layer of moisture.

    With an evening pamper, it is the perfect moment to go for an overnight treatment that will leave your skin soft, refined and hydrated like the Vichy Idealia Peeling.


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