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Skincare Revamp: Daily + Weekly Routine


Let's get something clear...your skin.

O k, 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 want more skincare tips, 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


T his 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 super gentle cleanser in the mornings. It gives my skin just a little wake me up and fresh start without ingredients that strip it of moisture.
RecommendationFRESH Soy face Cleanser

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.

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.

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.

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)
RecommendationFoliGROWTH Ultimate Hair Growth Vitamin - GF + Vegan // Garden of Life mykind Organic Plant Collagen Builder - for Hair, Skin and Nail Health


S o 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.

2. Cleanse

After most of my makeup is wiped away, the next step is to cleanse. I use a cleanser first, and then (lightly) exfoliate in a separate step, but you can totally combine these into one step - I like the Alba Botanica Acne Dote scrub for that - it's my favorite scrub even though I don't struggle with acne. It also depends where I am at in my weekly routine (below). If I am on a "mask" day, I will usually cleanse, then use a mask, and finish off with some light exfoliation with my DIY face scrub after.
Recommendation: FRESH Soy Face 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 Foreo LUNATM mini 2 OR the Clarisonic Mia 2 brush and a cleanser to exfoliate. The Foreo brush is super gentle, while the Clarisonic gives me a little more of a deep clean. I love both and alternate which I'm using  - I do this in place of my diy facial scrub.
The Foreo face brushes are amazing! Seriously. The Foreo brushes are silicone so they are much gentler and keep bacteria at bay. They can get kind of pricy, so if you're insure you could grab the little play version to see how you like it, or grab it from Sephora since they'll let you return even if you used it and didn't like it. Clarisonic has a few different brushes, but the Mia 2 has been my favorite. I love that there are different brush heads available so you can really customize the feel and level of exfoliation you get based on your skin type.

Recommendation: My DIY face scrub // Alba Botanica Acne Dote 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: FRESH Rose Floral 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: Drunk Elephant - C-Firma Day Serum
Eye Cream Recommendation: Perricone MD - H2 Elemental Energy De-Puffing Eye Gel

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).

RecommendationDrunk Elephant - Lala Retro Whipped Cream // Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm

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

O k 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.


DEEP EXFOLIATION - Unless you have really oily skin, there is no reason to deeply exfoliate everyday. I use a DIY scrub for my deep 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.


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. A good brightening mask usually includes ingredients like Vitamin C or glycolic acid. If you want a quick snag, this Yes To Grapefruit one is a good drug store pick.


LET SKIN REST - Give your skin a break and just do the necessary daily steps we chatted about above. Too many products or exfoliating too often can irritate skin or even cause skin to produce more oil to makeup for being stripped of natural oils. If you must do something, try a steam bath and a little facial massage for some good circulation.


CLARIFYING MASK  - I use a clarifying mud mask about every 2-3 weeks to pull all the impurities out of my skin. One of my favorites is the Ahava Mineral Mud Clearing Mask, and while it leaves my skin feeling amazingly clean, it can be a little drying for me (especially in the winter), so I don't do it every week. I do this after cleansing / exfoliating and before serums, creams, or moisturizing.


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. I like this Coca Moisture Mask


PEEL-OFF MASK or STEAM BATH - 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. My go-to for this is just a simple pore strip (Peace out pores)


LET SKIN REST - Give your skin a break and just do the necessary daily steps we chatted about above. Too many products or exfoliating too often can irritate skin or even cause skin to produce more oil to makeup for being stripped of natural oils. You can still do a product-free treatment like a steam bath and a little facial massage for some good circulation.

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

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

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


I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials


  1. Jannine Pampu says

    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!

  2. Kileen says

    Okay, this post is so awesome and SO helpful!! I am loving all of these tips and how you made an easy guideline/template for us all!! Definitely going to try this.


  3. Deborah says

    Great routine! Mine is similar – I use my Foreo Luna to cleanse and in fact at night, I double cleanse! I use my Fresh Soy Cleanser and then my L’Occitane oil cleanser afterwards.

    • NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara NewhartBrighter BOLD by Cara Newhart says

      The Foreo / Fresh soy cleanser combo is amazing. I have the L’occitane oil cleanser too! It’s perfect for adding a little hydration during winter.

  4. sharon wu says

    such a great skincare routine babe! mine looks pretty similar too 🙂 i can’t live without masking at least once a week. thanks for sharing!

  5. Kenzi || Life of a Sister says

    I love this skincare routine! I have been looking for a good mask, I liked the Neutrogena Hydro Gel mask but I feel like it’s not doing much right now. I am going to save that template because sometimes I need to be reminded!

  6. tressie says

    Hey! Great job. Thank you for sharing with us. It’s really very informative & inspiring content. I have been looking for this kind of skincare routine as well.

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