Chances are, if you follow any skin care/beauty blogger on Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, you’ll usually get some kind of statement (on Sunday) like this: “Sunday detox!” “Time to prep my skin for the week!” etc.
So…what is a Sunday detox? & why has it become a hashtag?
Well, a Sunday detox is…a detox…done on Sunday. That’s already clear. But what kind of products does one use for a detox? & why is it done on Sundays?
For me (& most others), Sunday is the day I have the least to do. I have a lot of time to kick back, take a bubble bath, read a book, catch up on This American Life (!!!!!), &, since I’m not really going anywhere, detox my skin. Essentially – I’m taking advantage of a lazy, stay-at-home day to get rid of the previous weeks’ dirt, clogged pores, & flaky skin, & prep my skin for the upcoming week.
Detoxing is important – it gets rid of dirt, a buildup of sebum, & just the unsavory particles that we collect thanks to the unclean air (especially if you live in an urban area). However – if you detox too often, it can be detrimental to your skin’s health, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin.
Basically, detoxing is an amazing thing to do in moderation. I don’t detox my skin more than once (maybe twice) a week. If I did more than that, I could risk irritation from powerful chemicals or clays, & suffer from dry skin. Overly dry skin, no matter your skin type, causes microabrasions – those just invite more bacteria into your skin, resulting in either an increase of blemishes or even an infection on your face.
So, without further ado, here are some products I’ve used time after time to detox my skin on Sundays. The amazing thing about these products? All of them work well on all skin types. Just remember: if you have dryer, more sensitive skin, make sure you do a little extra hydration after your detox. A retexturizing, clarifying mask is amazing, but it can dry you out, even if it claims to be gentle. So – save yourself the worry, & apply an extra layer of cream the night of your detox!
Cleanse your face.
Detoxing won’t work properly unless you have a clean slate to start with. I use my usual cleansers – either Glossier’s Milky Jelly, or CLĒ Cosmetics Oxygen Foam Cleanser. Both cleanse very effectively, but neither strips my dry/sensitive skin of its natural oils & moisture. Clean, but not dry skin is the perfect way for me to start my detox.
Apply your mask/masque.
A “mask” is what you think: either a sheet mas k or a mask in a jar. Detox masks are most often clay – this is because clay absorbs toxins & impurities, but don’t absorb into your actual skin. The best detox masks I’ve come across are the Origins Skin™️ Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask, the Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask, & the Origins Clear ImprovementⓇ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, All of these masks are clay, so they do what I explained above – absorb toxins, but don’t sink into your skin. Basically – once you can’t smile without your face cracking, it’s time to take off the mask. For me, that’s around 15-20 minutes. Any longer, & I’ll feel dry.
All four of these masks are incredible for my skin – gentle enough to leave me feeling soft, not parched, after removing – but effective enough that I see reduced redness, softer, clearer, more transluscent skin, & a tightening of pores/decrease in texture days after using. My two absolute favorite, however, are the Glossier Mega Greens, & the Origins Rose Clay. The Glossier one I purchased as a full size last summer – & have not been let down, 4 jars later. A little goes a long way, it lasts a good amount of time (especially if you only use it 1-2 times a week) & you get a good amount of product for your money. I’ve used it in winter, summer, fall & spring – & it’s an amazing detox, no matter the season. I just adjust the amount of moisturizer I use after applying it depending on the season, & I’m good to go!
Same goes for the Origins Rose Clay mask – I first recieved this as a mini 100 point gift from Sephora. One month later, I had squeezed my mini mask tube to death trying to get every little bit of product out – & as soon as I was out, rushed to grab the full size version. This mask is more exfoliating than the Glossier one – hence the “retexturizing” description – but even on my sensitive skin, it’s never been too harsh. It smells lovely, makes my skin baby soft, & reduces redness. It’s basically an amped-up version of the Lush Rosy Cheeks Mask – if you like that one, you’ll love this one.
Okay, but you didn’t talk about a masque yet. What’s the difference?
A masque is essentially a highly concentrated face mask, usually formulated with various enzymes & AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids). Both enzymes & AHAs can reduce texture, wrinkles, age spots or dark spots, acne scars, & hyper-pigmentation. Masques are amazing – even life-changing! – if you choose the right one for your face, & you’re careful not to use it too often. Don’t apply a masque more than twice a week, no matter your skin type. Ever. AHAs are powerful! Don’t play too hard with them. &, if you’re using a product that contains AHA, make sure you wear sunscreen. I can’t emphasize this enough! Again, no matter your skin type, AHAs increase your skin’s sensitivity to sun. & even if you were to stop using AHAs completely, it would take about 4-6 weeks for your skin to lose its extra sensitivity to sun. So basically: AHAs & enzymes are amazing, but tread carefully if you’re a beginner, & don’t forget to wear extra sun protection. Also! Don’t freak out if your skin tingles or even burns a little bit when you apply an AHA/enzyme masque. They’re strong, & the tingling sensation is totally normal. If it makes you nervous, you can start out by diluting the masque with a cream or, if it’s a liquid, some good old H20.
The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – what I like to call the vampire facial. This stuff is blood red – & I mean blood red, so make sure you let your family/boyfriend/guy who’s going to deliver pizza to your door while you’re masking that you’ll look a little odd. Your face will look like a murder scene, but only for 15 minutes. Wash it off after that! 15 minutes is the maximum time this particular masque should be on your face. & again – if your skin is sensitive, try starting out with a shorter period of application. Better to slowly build your way up than have a bad reaction the first time around – even The Ordinary recommends you do so, if you have sensitive skin!
Next up? I wasn’t sure whether to include this in the mask or masquecategory, but since it is a more liquid texture, is packed with enzymes, & also has a tingling feel when applied, I’ll put it in the latter. It’s the Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask. Although this mask/masque doesn’t contain any AHAs, it is the pineapple & papaya enzymes that resurface & exfoliate your skin; it also contains Brazilian White Tourmaline gemstone – hence the “glow” in the mask’s description.
I decided to go right ahead & do the 20 minute application my first time using it. The liquidy constistency & Herbivore’s organic, cruelty-free, vegan policy made me think that this would be no big deal. Wrong. My skin was super irritated the next day – & I felt like a fool! I could’ve completely avoided it by starting out slow – like everyone should with any enzyme/AHA product. I waited a few days for things to calm down (lots of Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask – chilled – to sooth my skin) & then tried it again – for 5 minutes only. No problem! I rinsed off, & my skin looked bright, smooth, & soft. I tried it again the next week for 10 minutes. Again, no problem. I haven’t tried a 15-minute application yet, & am not sure if I’ll need to – this mask is effective, even if it’s “only” on my face for 10 minutes! Effective, absolutely. But don’t be fooled by the words “organic & vegan.” Things that are organic & vegan can absolutely still be powerful! This isn’t me bashing the mask, by the way. I aboslutely love it now! Just proceed with caution, as always.
I saved the best (& yes…most expensive…) for last. That is the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial™. If you’re at all into skin care, chances are you’ve seen this somewhere on your Instagram feed, or your discovre page. It’s that perfect millennial pink, is tubby – but cute! – & people won’t stop raving about it.
Honestly? I’m one of those people. I almost screamed the first time I saw the price – $80 for 1.69 fluid ounces??? But I got a sample from Sephora, &, rolling my eyes, applied it on my face.
This was the first AHA product I’d ever used, so the tingling sensation was definitely a new thing for me. Drunk Elephant’s site says to leave on for 20 minutes – but to start with 10 if you have sensitive skin – but as I’d gotten this as a sample, & been told by the skincare consultant to leave it on for 20, I went with the whole 20, unaware of the sensitive skin warning.
However – & this is a testament to the effectiveness yet gentleness of Drunk Elephant’s products – I had absolutely no problems immediately after removing, during the night, or the morning after. I just kept marveling at the smooth, soft texture of my skin. (My mama got annoyed at me because I kept coming up to her to say “LOOK!”) After two more tries with my sample in the next two weeks, I bit the bullet, & made the purchase.
The purchase was made in early March. I am nowhere near done with my bottle – & that’s because you only need 1-2 pumps, & aren’t supposed to use it more than twice a week. Since I alternate between the Babyfacial & some other AHA products like the Ordinary’s, sometimes I’ll go a week without it. My point is: the product lasts you a long time, it is air-tight, it is cruelty-free, fragrance-free, &, if you’re trying to decide on something to splurge on, I would tell you, out of all the things on my top shelf, to go with this one.
I’ll be posting a piece exclusively about Drunk Elephant & the products I’ve tried from them so far, so I won’t get too much into detail about the Babyfacial – just that it’s good for all skin types, it’s air-tight so you don’t have to worry about product contamination (great for those who are immunosuppressed…like me!) & yeah…it’s really, really, really pretty. I am unashamedly in love with the #millennialpink.
I hope I was able to effectively explain #SundayDetox for you guys, & able to provide you with some products that you can purchase in time for next Sunday. You might be wondering: When do I personally do my detox, & what do I use before & after?
Like I said, it’s always important to start with a clean slate – so wash your face! I gave you two cleanser options, but honestly, it doesn’t matter which one you use, so long as your face likes it.
After I cleanse my face, I apply my mask/masque. If it’s Sunday, & I’m really upholding my #SundayDetox rules, I usually go with a masque (I’ll use clay masks during the week, usually in the middle of the week, to tie me over until I can use an AHA product again). Usually, that masque will be Babyfacial – but The Ordinary’s peel is great, too! I definitely see myself purchasing that again. Plus – it’s about 8 times cheaper than Babyfacial (though…admittedly…it is also less effective. BUT if you don’t have the $ for Babyfacial, The Ordinary vampire facial will give you a very similar effect).
After my 15-20 minutes of masque-ing, I wash off my mask – and I use hydrating products, & only hydrating products. For me especially, being dry/sensitive, it’s super important for me to ensure that my skin is properly hydrated. I always apply a hydrating serum after using an AHA product, like the Anese Slay Serum or Mario Badescu’s Peptide Renewal Serum. Both are hydrating, plumping, & will help the masque work even better – even though it’s now off your skin. The Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil or the Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil is what I apply next – again, both great, hydrating oils that sink in very well & provide extra hydration without leaving you greasy. If you’re looking for cheaper versions, The Ordinary has some amazing cold-pressed rosehip, argan, & marula oils – I believe they’re all currently out of stock, but sign up to be notified when they restock!
Finally, I make sure to use a good moisturizer. I like to apply a masque like Babyfacial or The Ordinary’s peel at night, just in case my face is a little red or irritated afterwards – I can sleep it off &, thanks to an extra layer of cream, wake up with no issues. As always, my all-time favorite night cream is the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich – amazing smell, reduces redness, makes your skin baby-soft, but never clogs pores. You’ve heard me say it (many times).
And remember – now that you’re detoxed, moisturized, & ready for a fresh week – apply sunscreen every single day! Especially if you’re using a product containing AHA. But you should always be wearing sunscreen every day, anyway. I’ve been wearing Glossier’s chemical sunscreen, Invisible Shield SPF 35 or Dr. Jart Every Sun Day UV Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Both amazing! (If an SPF is 30 or above, it has the same effect – SPF 50 doesn’t necessarily make a sunscreen stronger. But if it mentally makes you feel better, go for it! They’re both great.)
Happy Sunday, & happy (& safe!) detoxing.
- So that you can buy Babyfacial without crying too much – here’s 20% off at Drunk Elephant. That’s $65, instead of $80. & it applies to any product, in case you’re eyeing another DE product more. Yup!
- Here’s 20% off at Anese! If you want the Slay Serum.
- As always, you should definitely shop Glossier with me, if you want Milky Jelly, Priming Moisturizer Rich (two of my favs) or their latest: Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35.
- Yes, these are affiliate codes! I will never pretend something isn’t an affiliate code. But they’re good products, & I don’t recommend products I don’t like – even if I have an affiliate code. Just a disclaimer. ❤