The Weekend Beauty Routine You Need For Glowing Skin
For most people, the weekends are, without a doubt, the best time to kick back and relax. That means sleeping in, slow mornings, and some serious self-care. Using the weekend to pamper your skin allows you to spend the time you don’t normally have during the week to indulge in a more thorough skin care routine. Not only will your skin be left glowing for the week ahead, but your daily skin care regimen will also be more effective.
So today, let’s go over this weekend’s beauty routine and some fantastic skin care products that will elevate your skincare game.
Weekend Beauty Routine
Step 1. Double Cleanse Your Skin
You want to start your facial with clean skin. And the best way to do this is by oil cleansing. First, use a cleansing balm or oil to fully break down and remove makeup, dirt, and oil. (The Precleanse Cleansing Oil from Dermalogica is a product I never want to be without). Using the tips of your fingers, gently massage the oil into your face for a few minutes. When finished, rinse the oil from your face with warm water. You’ll immediately follow this step by washing your face with a gentle cleanser.
Step 2. Exfoliate
After cleansing your face, it’s time to apply an exfoliant to help slog off dead skin cells. Whether you use a physical or chemical exfoliating product is up to personal preference. Be sure to follow the directions on the label of your exfoliating product. The active ingredients can irritate your skin if left on for too long, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Protecting your skin by applying sunscreen during the day is an absolute must when using chemical exfoliants. Your skin is more delicate and susceptible to sun damage.
Step 3. Steam
Steaming your face opens up your pores, making it much easier to clean out clogged pores of trapped dirt and oil… aka blackheads. You can steam your face with an at-home steaming device or by filling a large bowl with hot water. Keep a towel draped over your head to help trap the steam.
Step 4. Face Mask
The best time to apply a face mask is while your pores are still open from the steam. Use a mask that best addresses your specific skin needs. Clay masks are usually best for oily skin, and a hydrating mask is better if your skin is dry or irritated. Try leaving the mask on for at least 30 minutes or the maximum recommendation on the label.
Step 5. Lip Scrub
Lips are often forgotten about and need some extra love too! A lip scrub only takes a few minutes and will remove dead skin cells that cause dry flakey lips. Your lips will be left feeling so soft and smooth.
Step 6. Apply Serums
Next is applying antioxidant serums that play well with the other skincare ingredients you used in your mask. You don’t want to overdo it with the exfoliating products. Niacinamide provides a long list of benefits, including minimizing pores, fine lines, wrinkles, redness, blotchiness, and hyperpigmentation. It also protects against sun damage and is compatible with most other ingredients, with Vitamin C being the exception.
Step 7. Eye Cream
No matter your age, using a good eye cream should be a part of your daily skincare routine. Lightly dab on a small amount to keep your eye area hydrated. It will also help address puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Step 8. Moisturize
Alright, it’s time to moisturize your skin and lock in moisture. If you’re doing this beauty routine in the evening, I suggest swapping out your daytime moisturizers for heavier night creams.
Step 9. Gua Sha
Using my Gua Sha stones is undoubtedly the favorite part of my routine. Because it’s so effective at reducing puffiness, it’s usually a part of my everyday morning routine.
Start by applying a small amount of face oil to your face for slip. (this one here is my favorite) Keeping the stone as flat as possible to the skin, gently glide up the planes of your face using light to medium pressure.
The video below is a good tutorial for an easy routine you can easily do yourself.
Essential Items For Your Weekend Skincare Routine At Home
Skin care products can be pricey, but I consider them a personal investment. I know protecting and maintaining healthy skin is much easier and less expensive. Trying to repair damage to your skin later in life is a much more significant expense and investment in time. So you’re much better off developing a good skincare routine now that you can enjoy!
Precleanse Cleansing Oil
The Precleanse from Dermalogica is always the first step in my skincare routine and one of my holy grail beauty products. Although I’ve tried many cleansing oils and balms, this is the one I always return to and always have on my shelf.
Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash
This daily facial cleanser safely works by sloughing away dead skin cells to effectively resurface the top layers of your skin for a brighter, more even complexion.
Radiance Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
The natural fruit acids in this glycolic mask resurface the skin by lifting away dead skin cells. Your skin tone and texture are enhanced, and your overall complexion is brighter.
Although suitable for all skin types, those with oily skin and many clogged pores, might prefer Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask. The natural formula draws out impurities, and excess sebum and tightens pores. I switch between these two masks depending on my skin needs.
Pro Facial Steamer
The steamer is the best way to recreate a spa-like experience at home! Pores are opened and decongested in less than 10 minutes, leaving skin ready to absorb skin care products more effectively.
Rose Lip Polish
This organic lip polish gently removes dry skin using a blend of sugar, shea butter, rose geranium, and coconut oil. You’ll be left with the softest, most kissable lips!
The Better B Niacinamide Serum
This serum from Dr. Barbara Strum reduces the size and appearance of pores and protects against environmental hyperpigmentation and premature skin aging. It also refines skin texture and boosts hydration. Niacinamide pairs well with most active ingredients, so there’s little worry of irritation. This is a product everyone should have in their beauty arsenal!
The other serum I love, and use is The Good C Vitamin C Serum, also by Dr. Barbara Strum. It has three forms of vitamin C that the skin can easily absorb, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Vitamin C protects against environmental stressors, and supports the formation of collagen, for a bright, even, and youthful complexion.
Time Response Eye Reserve Crème
Okay, so I know this eye cream is pricey, but it’s hands down the best I’ve ever used and worth every penny. Green tea helps with puffy eyes, and the thick, velvety formula blurs fine lines and provides all-day hydration.
Gua Sha Stones
A puffy face is something I, unfortunately, wake up with way too often. I have found Gua Sha to be way more effective than rollers or just ice at reducing puffiness. Gliding the stones over your face using light pressure promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage. That’s why it has become a big part of my morning routine. It also feels good and is incredibly relaxing.
JUNO Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
Face oils with good ingredients rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin while sealing in the first layers of skin care products. You’ll wake to beautiful, silky glowing skin when used at night.
Another favorite is the Orchid Antioxidant Beauty Face Oil from Herbivore. Even if you have oily skin, you can still benefit from using good face oil. You need to find one with the best ingredients for your skin type, like the one listed above.