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8 Sunday Reset Beauty Tips to Follow for the Best Week Ahead

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Sundays are often viewed as the perfect day for relaxation and self-care. It's a day to recharge, reflect, and prepare ourselves for the week ahead. While many of us focus on decluttering our living spaces or planning our schedules, one area that often gets neglected is our beauty routine.

Enter the Sunday reset beauty routine—a chance to give our skin, hair, and overall well-being the attention they deserve before Monday rolls around. It's about hitting the reset button and starting the week with a fresh, glowing canvas.

But, what are the essentials of a Sunday reset beauty routine? From indulging in a pampering skincare session to nourishing your hair with that hair mask you never touch, read on for steps and products that can elevate your self-care game. By dedicating time to yourself on Sundays, you'll set the tone for a week filled with confidence, radiance, and self-love. It’s a carved out amount of time just for you to experience the ultimate night routine and take care of your mental health before the new week.

Your Guide to a Sunday Reset Routine

1. Deep Cleanse and Exfoliate

Start your Sunday night routine by having an ‘everything shower’. You know, where you go through all the steps and use all the products for the most elite self-pampering. Then, focus on your skincare routine.

Thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove any impurities accumulated throughout the week, using an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup and any product buildup from SPF. Follow up with a gentle exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, radiant complexion. You can use a chemical exfoliating cleanser for this or if you prefer, a physical exfoliant. Some people like to ‘feel’ the cleanse from a good scrub! Just be sure not to be too aggressive, let the physical exfoliant do the work and not your hands.

2. Pamper With a Face Mask

Treat your skin to a relaxing moment and treatment with a face mask. Whether it's hydration, brightening, or clarifying, you can target a specific skin need after cleansing in the shower. Sheet masks are easy to use, and our best tip is to keep them in the fridge for an icy-cold feeling on your skin! Take this time to relax and unwind while the mask works its magic—make yourself a cup of hot tea or write a few lines in your journal.

3. Nourish and Hydrate

After cleansing and masking, ensure your skin is deeply hydrated by applying a rich moisturizer or facial oil. Pay extra attention to areas that may be prone to dryness, such as the cheeks or under-eye area.

You can use this time to incorporate a skin care tool like a gua sha or jade roller. We have some great gua sha massaging tips here from experts. It’s ideal to focus on releasing tension in your brow bone, around your mouth or along your jawline. Or, if you need to make time to use a microcurrent device like the one from NUFACE, this is a great time to do so.

And don’t forget to hydrate your body! Choose your favorite moisturizer to provide hydration all around—we like to use something that smells great and then immediately wrap ourselves in our bathrobe when done. A popular (and TikTok viral favorite) is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream from SOL DE JANEIRO. The fragrance is intoxicating with notes of caramel and vanilla.

4. Treat Your Hair

Don't forget to give your hair some love during your Sunday reset routine, too!. Apply a nourishing hair mask or treatment to restore moisture and shine, especially if you've been styling or exposing your hair to heat. Depending on the mask, you can either do this before your everything shower or after if it is a leave-in treatment. Not sure which one to pick? We’ve rounded up the best hair care masks no matter your hair concern, budget and hair type.

5. Relaxing Bath

Baths aren’t for everyone, but if you’re inclined to draw a hot bubble bath during your Sunday reset there are so many ways to make it fun and spa-like so you can unwind. Feel free to add some bath salts, essential oils, or bubbles for experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. If you have a bath tray, maybe you want to sip on a cold beverage and enjoy a few pages of your book, a podcast, or a favorite influencer's new vlog as you take a relaxing soak and forget about the Sunday scaries.

6. Manicure and Pedicure

How are your nails looking by the time Sunday morning rolls around? Do your cuticles need some love? We bet they do. Take the time to care for your nails by giving yourself a manicure and pedicure or you can book an appointment at your fave salon. Let this time be maintenance to clip, file, and shape your nails, then finish off with a hydrating cuticle oil.

The two must-have nail care products we suggest are BUBBEAU Cuticle Oil Beads, they have no mess and deliver the right amount of nourishment in just one bead for all of your fingers and the MANICURIST S.O.S Nail Masquethat you can sleep in overnight and peel off of your nails Monday morning.

7. Hydrate Inside and Out

Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. Hydrated skin starts from within, so make sure you're nourishing your body with the essential hydration it needs. Fill up your water bottle before you start your Sunday reset and make it a priority to empty it by the time you’re finished with all your pampering. Your skin will thank you by presenting its best dewy and hydrated self in the morning.

8. Plan Your Week

Last but not least, take 30 minutes to an hour to plan your upcoming week. This can be anything from planning your grocery shopping, to-do list, scheduling any appointments for self-care, setting goals for each weekday, meal prepping, or deciding to tidy up your beauty areas like your vanity or dresser. Having a plan in place can help you stay motivated and organized and Monday morning (and the rest of the week!) won’t feel so daunting because you’ve taken care of all the planning. You could even start with this practice and have this step be the very beginning of your Sunday reset checklist.

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Article Last Updated April 12, 2024 12:00 AM