Today I decided to reinstitute the ritual thanks to some major inspiration from Jourdan Dunn. Earlier this week, I posted the full run down of her entire day time and nightly ritual. But I thought I'd save the best for last. Because not only does she have a solid morning and evening routine, Jourdan also developed a unique Sunday night ritual as well.
Let's see what's in her line up.
Moringa Cleansing Balm. This cleansing balm comes highly recommended by various beauty bloggers. It gently removes makeup while keeping the skin soft and hydrated. It seems like everyone who's tried it, loves it. I promise you that I'll have this balm in my possession before long.
Once her skin is clean Jourdan exfoliates with Peter Roth's Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. We've discussed the goodness of fruit enzymes in the past. Fruit acids are especially important because they weaken the connection between dead skin cells. Once the connection is weakened, your dead cells are easily removed without disturbing the live ones. It's a gentle, yet effective exfoliating experience. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and, compared the rest of her regimen, this pumpkin mask is a bit more on the affordable side.
Next she steams her face using Skin Owl Beauty Steam. At first glance, Beauty Steam looks like loose leaf tea. But, instead of drinking it, you add the leaves into a bowl of hot water. Then hold your face over it and allow the herbal extracts to treat your skin. I'm pretty sure the herbal ingredients also add a soothing aromatherapy aspect to the Sunday night facial experience.
With her pores now open, Jourdan reaches for her Skin Perfecting Clay Mask by Dr. Sebach. Next she follows up with a hydrating mask from Skinceuticals. This skin nourisher is loaded with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. I like the idea of employing a hyrdator after a purifying clay mask. We've all had that experience of dry tight skin after a deep pore cleanse. I usually counter balance it with toner but a hydrating mask makes much more sense. Although I'm intrigued by the idea of using a moisture promoting, gel mask, I'd much rather use a serum soaked sheet mask instead.
Once her skin is good and hydrated, Jourdan follows up with Estee Lauder's eye serum and her favorite moisturizer (Pixi's Beauty Sleep Cream).
Jourdan's Sunday night skin regimen is simple but well thought out. She's inspired me to reinstitute this practice as a way of properly closing out the weekend. Until I get my hands on the cleansing balm, I'll pre-cleanse with coconut oil. Basically, I massage my skin for several minutes with the oil, to loosen dirt and promote blood flow. I have some chemical exfoliators on deck but would love, love, love to try a fruit enzyme based exfoliator like our homie Beyonce does.
Thanks to Jourdan, I've already treated my skin to a nourishing facial. One takeaway from tonight's in-home facial is realizing that, while my skin looks ok, I could feel congestion beneath the surface. This needs to be addressed immediately. From past experience, I know that I need to get back to steaming at least 2X a week. Especially now that I'm sweating more than normal and my oil glands are out of control.
When I worked in corporate America, Sunday nights were a bit stressful (with Monday fast approaching). Facials were a way to ease my anxiety while promoting healthy skin. It was my favorite thing to do on a Sunday evening. If you haven't had the pleasure of indulging in Sunday night facials, I urge you to make it a part of your self care ritual.
You deserve it.