Skincare Revamp: Daily + Weekly Routine

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Let's get something clear...your skin. Ok, I maybe can't clear your skin up completely, but I am going to share my daily and weekly skincare routine and why I do what I do. Hopefully, you will find some helpful tips to improve your routine, or maybe even adopt my whole thing if you are like I was a little bit ago and don't have a routine at all. (P.S. If you're new to this skincare series, you can see part 1 here and part 2 here)

Seriously, I was just winging it, occasionally finding time to wash my face and slather some creams. Then I decided that since this is not college anymore and I am full-time adulting, I needed to step up my game, do a little reading, and put together a consistent routine that worked for my skin. Well, after a while of trying different products and making some changes, here it is.

Weekly Skincare Routine | Facial Routine | Exfoliation | Facial brush | Face Cleanser | Diy Face Scrub

MORNING

This is my morning skincare routine, including the products I use. I've been doing this whole thing for about a couple months now and I have already noticed a huge difference in my skin.

1. CLEANSE

Wait, I need to wash my face in the morning when all I did was sleep? Yes. You might not know it, but you sweat *a lot* at night. Plus, if you are using a night cream that is a little heavier, you probably want to give your face a fresh start. Use a somewhat gentle cleanser in the morning or a soothing cleansing pad that doesn't overstrip the skin. I like to use a scrub cleanser to lightly exfoliate in the mornings. It gives my skin just a little wake me up, and brightens my complexion.
     Recommendation: Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel or Glycolic Fix Facial Cleansing Pads
 

2. TONE

Using a gentle toner helps to balance skin's PH levels and wipe away excess oils and dead skin cells that can lurk on the face even after washing. I like to use a soothing rose water toner in the mornings to hydrate my skin. Toners are not absolutely necessary, but they can be a great way to keep skin fresh, and add in some helpful active ingredients like antioxidants.
     Recommendation: Rose Water Floral Toner
 

3. MOISTURIZER + SUNSCREEN 

This step you cannot skip. Even if you skip toner, just cleanse with a pre-soaked pad, or do not even cleanse at all. Sunscreen is a must. I used to be a slacker and there were days I definitely skipped everything in the morning except mascara, and definitely did not put in any effort to apply sunscreen. I knew it was a good thing and an important step in preventing premature aging and sun damage, but for a while it just didn't seem worth getting an extra two minutes of sleep (yeah, I am so not a morning person). Now, however, I've seen the light and added a sunscreen/moisturizer combo into my routine every morning. 
     Recommendation: Kate Somerville Daily Deflector | Hydro Boost Water Gel | Drunk Elephant Sheer Defense
 

4. PRIMER THEN MAKEUP

I never skip primer, even on my no makeup days. I wear it alone because it blurs imperfections and leaves my skin looking smooth. You also just can't beat the smooth base it creates for foundation. Primer has benefits for every skin type: it helps combat shine for oily skin and works to lock in moisture for dry skin. 
     Recommendation: Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer 

5. DRINK WATER!! 

You have probably heard this advice all the time, but it really does make such a crazy difference in your skin. One of the main reasons is that our bodies push impurities out our pores via sweat (yeah, ew) which can lead to clogged pores and bleh looking skin. Drinking more water helps those impurities get washed out more efficiently, and leaves skin looking healthier and more hydrated. I have a water bottle with my everywhere I go, I even drink a huge glass of water before bed and bring a full bottle of water with me to put on my nightstand.
     Recommendation: A Lot! (and I love this bottle)

6. VITAMINS & MINERALS 

I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin everyday. I find that a (gummy, hehe) vitamin which includes biotin and vitamin C makes a huge difference in my complexion. Plus, making sure I'm getting enough omega-3's  via a fish oil supplement also helps supply hydration to my skin and ward off wrinkles. (P.S. You should definitely do your research / talk to your doc before adding these things)
     Recommendation: Gorgeous Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies
 

EVENING

 
So if you felt like the morning routine was a lot of steps, you might just want to pop over and read my lazy girl skincare tips here, because this night routine has a couple more steps than the morning one. If a multi-step routine is not intimidating to you because you know it's so worth it, then read on!

1. MAKEUP REMOVER 

There was a time, not long ago, when I never removed my makeup before bed *gasp* and then on top of that, I would sometimes wake up in the morning, roll out of bed, and go...effectively "recycling" my makeup from the day before. Now that I have revamped my routine, I'm getting diligent about this step. I love using coconut oil to remove my makeup. It smells amazing and helps condition eyelashes, which is super great because mascara can leave them dry and frail. 
     Recommendation: This Coconut Oil
 

2. CLEANSE 

After most of my makeup is wiped away, the next step is to cleanse. I use a gel cleanser first, and then (lightly) exfoliate in a separate step, but you can totally combine these into one step. It also depends where I am at in my weekly routine (below). If I am on a "mask" day, I will usually cleanse with gel cleanser, then use a mask, and finish off with some light exfoliation with my DIY face scrub after. 
     Recommendation: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser
 

3. EXFOLIATE (Lightly) 

Light exfoliation every night is good to increase blood circulation to the skin and gently wash away dead skin cells so they don't build up or clog pores. I use a DIY scrub for my daily exfoliation that includes ground almonds as the exfoliator, which are gentle and exfoliate without irritating. This scrub also includes glycerin and almond oil as other main ingredients which help to condition skin and lock in moisture. If I am on a "deep exfoliation" day in my weekly routine, I will exfoliate with my Clarisonic and gel cleanser instead of my DIY scrub.
     Recommendation: My DIY face scrub 

  

4. TONE 

At night, this step helps to wipe away any excess oil and dead skin from my exfoliating session, and add a few anti-aging ingredients plus antioxidants while balancing my skin's PH. I just put a little toner on cotton round and make a quick pass across my whole face.
     Recommendation: Black Tea Age Delay Toner

  

5. SERUM AND/OR EYE CREAM

I did not do this forever. I thought it was something I would add to my routine when I was older and my skin was showing signs of aging, but after trying a few serum samples I realized how great of an add these were to my routine. You are probably also thinking, do i really need an eye cream? The answer is absolutely. Eyes show age first since that skin is thinner, constantly active (blinking) and prone to dark circles and puffiness. If you don't believe me, then check out this article for some more details on why you should add an eye cream into your routine.
     Serum Recommendation: Dragon's Blood Plumping Serum | Pixi Hydrating Serum
     Eye Cream Recommendation: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye

  

6. MOISTURIZER / NIGHT CREAM 

I love slathering my skin in a silky night cream before bed. It's our chance to give our skin what it needs to get its beauty sleep. Keeping skin moisturized at night helps prevent and repair signs of aging, especially if you select a night cream with the right active ingredients. Look for ingredients based on your skin type and the main issue you are trying to address, but things that are always a good go-to are vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe, hyaluronic acid and vegetable glycerin (locks in moisture). 
     Recommendation: TULA Probiotic Night Cream | Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream | Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream

Weekly Skincare Routine | Facial Routine | Exfoliation | Facial brush | Face Cleanser | Diy Face Scrub
Ok so here are all the special things I do throughout the week for my skin. Also, I usually do all of these as part of my night routine.
 

DAY 1

DEEP EXFOLIATION - Unless you have really oily skin, there is no reason to deeply exfoliate everyday. I use a Clarisonic spin brush and gel cleanser to deeply exfoliate about 3x a week. I do this in place of my diy facial scrub.
 

DAY 2

BRIGHTENING MASK - Brightening masks come in a few different types, but most are meant to refresh skin. I prefer to use sheet masks since they are way less messy and easier to wash off. I use the mask after cleansing and exfoliating, but before moisturizing. 
 

DAY 3

DEEP EXFOLIATION - Clarisonic time! Make sure to do a little research and pick a brush that is best for your skin type. I spend about 30 sec each on the main areas of my face...ie 30 sec on my forehead, 30 sec on left side, 30 sec on chin and nose, 30 sec on right side...done! Again, done at night in place of my light exfoliation.
 

DAY 4

CLARIFYING MASK OR LET SKIN REST - I use a clarifying mud mask about every 2-3 weeks to pull all the impurities out of my skin. My favorite one is a Dead Sea Mud Mask, and while it leaves my skin feeling amazingly clean, it can be a little drying (especially in the winter), so I don't do it every week. I do this after cleansing / exfoliating and before serums, creams, or moisturizing.
 

DAY 5

DEEP EXFOLIATION - Get your Clarisonic out again.   You can also use a facial oil instead of cleanser to exfoliate. Make sure not to forget the sides and top of your nose.
 

DAY 6

MOISTURIZING MASK - There are sheet masks and spread-on varieties available, but I prefer overnight masks that I can put on in place of my night cream, sleep in and then wash off. Partly because it gives the ingredients more time to soak in, mostly because I'm lazy and this way there are less steps in my nightly routine.
 

DAY 7

AT HOME PEEL - A peel-off face mask pulls dead skin cells right off and helps to unclog pores. It also exfoliates in a different way that a facial brush, so it can grab some of the stuff your brush might have missed. Plus, they are pretty fun to pull off (just me? I didn't think so)
 

  

What does your weekly skincare routine look like? Do you have any questions about mine? Leave a comment below or use #NSBbeauty

 

XO, Cara Newhart - Never Skip Brunch Blog - Denver Blogger & Style influencer

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    Jannine Pampu
    August 11, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Great routine. I love how you broke it down into what you do each day of the week for exfoliation and masks. I always just exfoliate or do a mask when I think of it. I should start getting a better routine rotating between different products!

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