Sunday Spa Routine

Editor Tara Gonzalez Shares Her At-Home Sunday Spa Routine

Throughout the week my routine is minimal, but I need a little extra *something* come Sunday.

By: Tara Gonzalez

I’ll admit that beauty products weren’t really my thing. Up until this year I had never gotten a facial or set foot into a spa. In terms of skincare, the most I would do was consistently wash my face and use Kirkland wipes to remove my makeup. This year all that changed (though I still swear by those makeup wipes), and now my beauty cabinet is somewhat a mess with beauty products; it feels like there isn’t one I don’t own. I have a mask to match every color of the rainbow (even one in neon blue!). Maybe it was this job, or my access to Coveteur’s beauty closet, or simply turning 25 and wanting to preserve what I’ve got—whatever the reason, it’s now my thing, which includes using all of the colorful facial masks I can get my hands on.

Throughout the week I keep it very simple; I wake up and wash my face. At night I stick to three products that I love, but every Sunday I’ve gotten into the habit of doing the *most* in preparation for the week ahead. It’s a nice way to take some time for myself, and it makes me feel refreshed and ready for Monday morning.

If you’re looking to de-stress from a long week or get glowing for the week ahead, here is my 13-step at-home Sunday spa routine for inspiration!

Even when I don’t wear makeup on Sunday I’ll always wash my face with my Kirkland wipes because chances are there is still some residual mascara somewhere on my face. I’ll then put on OILLE Facial Milk Cleansing Intelligence, which is one of my newest obsessions. OILLE is a new brand that uses essential oils in their purest form. This cleanser has watermelon and sea salt in it, which is incredibly refreshing and leaves my skin feeling so fresh and so clean.

Throughout the week my schedule is crazy, and I brush my teeth with a high-speed intensity every morning that shocks me every time. On Sunday I try to get them looking extra bright with APA products. I brush with APA White Toothpaste, rinse with APA White Rinse and apply some APA tooth gloss. I was skeptical at first as I am devoted to Crest White Stripes (I still use a whole packet once a year!) but these products actually make my teeth shimmer. So much so my sister took notice and may have stolen my toothpaste from my cabinet last week…

Since I refuse to cut my hair, I have to accept people comparing it to that of a horse’s tail. Horses are majestic, though, so I guess I should just run with this compliment...quite literally with shampoo and conditioner that has horse imagery right on the label. Mane ‘N Tail Shampoo and Conditioner are what I use for my Sunday showers, it’s really lovely for thick and long hair like mine. Everyone always compliments my hair, so I guess it’s working!

I take showers on Sunday night because waking up is a struggle every Monday come 6AM. Pai Gentle Genius Camellia & Bergamont Body Wash is something I just started using this week but I love it. The camellia and bergamot smell is incredible and it’s made specifically with sensitive skin in mind. It soothes my skin so much I don’t feel the need to moisturizer after. I also will apply some of The Perfect V Gentle Exfoliator cream to my Bikini Line when wet. My skin is delicate and with shaving and waxing happening more often than ever in the summer, it's prone to red bumps—which does not look good on the beach. This cream helps replenish my delicate skin and makes it bikini-ready.

After my shower I immediately spray Biolage Daily Leave-in Tonic in my hair. It is ESSENTIAL for someone like me with long hair that tangles easily, I honestly don’t know what I would do without it. It immediately detangles my hair and allows me to comb through it, which would be impossible otherwise.

After my hair is detangled I apply Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam throughout while scrunching my hair to create waves that maintain until my next shower. I’ll also add some Sachajuan Hair Paste for finish. Once my hair is wet, detangled and wavy I never blow-dry. I always let my hair air-dry, which is how I think I’ve kept it so healthy for so long! I’ll split my hair into two sections and put it into two buns (à la Miley Cyrus two years ago) which I’ll keep in all day and night. When I wake up my hair is super wavy and ready for the long days ahead!

Now that my hair is taken care of, I’ll move on to my face. I’ll wet my face and hands before I put some Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder into my palms and massaging into my face for twenty seconds. It exfoliates my skin, takes away all the dullness and reduces the appearance of my pores.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is the BEST product I’ve ever used. I will pour out a tiny amount of this magic water (a nickname has never been so truly deserved) into my palms and gently pat onto my face and neck for twenty seconds. After I started using this essence I immediately saw that my skin was brighter and incredibly glowy! This is one of the products I don’t just use on Sunday, I use this every day because I love it so, so much.

I have extra big eyes, which means dark circles, dullness or wrinkles underneath my eyes are unfortunately extra noticeable. Recently my under-eye area has been troubling me, which is why I’ve added Oille Facial Eye Creme Hydrating Intelligence to the routine. When I wake up I actually feel like I look awake, thanks to the rooibos and carrot in this hydrating cream, which is said to fight off signs of aging.

Next I’ll apply a mask. I’m relatively new to masking but have a couple I circle through every Sunday depending on what my skin looks like. I love the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask if i’ve had an incredibly long week with a particularly alarming amount of lost sleep. Not only is it really pretty (the light beautyberry purple is dreamy) but it makes me feel really pretty because it’ll brighten my face immediately. If my skin is acting up, breaking out or suddenly home to unwanted pimples, I’ll apply Origins Out of Trouble Mask, which dries out the pimples I have and prevents other ones from developing into monstrous bumps. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask is great at reducing the appearance of pores if my skin is feeling dirty. I also love Borghese Fango Active and Borghese Fango Delicato. It’s honestly Italy’s best-kept secret that Mariacarla Boscono told me about and if you’ve ever seen that woman’s face, it’s pretty evident why we should just do everything she’s doing.

After I wash off whatever mask I decide to apply (which I usually keep on for 10-15 minutes depending on the instructions), I’ll moisturizer with La Mer Crème de la Mer which is as luxurious and perfect as it sounds. If my skin is extra dry (maybe from the beach or a humid day), I’ll opt for Tatcha Water Cream instead, which honestly feels like incredible water dew drops on my face.

Now that I’m all moisturized, I’ll spritz on Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist for some extra hydration and luminosity.

I am terrible at doing my nails and if I’m able to have Matisse line design gel manicure from Chillhouse, I’m so happy. If I’m unable to make it to the nail salon (which is more likely than not), I’ll attempt to do mine at home. I’m recently inspired by the super sparkly nails Alexa Chung had when I met her, so I’m applying a nice coat of Ariel Gordon Candy Crush this weekend. Come Monday, typing at my computer will feel fun again!