If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you might not even be thinking about what your skin will look like when you’re older—that’s the beauty of having youthful skin. But the truth is, your skin changes as you age—so taking care of your complexion now with the right skin care routine and skin care products can help keep your complexion looking its best in the future. One of those changes you might experience is a loss of moisture, which can leave your skin feeling dry. What’s more, you might notice visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots, becoming more prominent as you get older. So, it’s time to adopt the following skin care tips into daily skin care routine, including choosing a hydrating moisturizer and using a nightly peel pad formulated with glycolic acid.
1. Apply Moisturizer morning and night
Whether you’ve got dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, or anywhere in between, applying moisturizer should be something that you never skip out on if you want to maintain the appearance of youthful skin. Every morning and night after cleansing, slather on moisturizer while skin is still damp to help lock in hydration.
Speaking of moisturizer, are you looking to add a new one to your skin care routine? It’s all about finding one that’s right for your skin type’s unique needs. The following three moisturizers are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to provide long-lasting hydration, which, as you now know, goes hand-in-hand with the appearance of youthful-looking skin.
If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin.
If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin.
If you have extra dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
2. Wear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen (or Moisturizer with SPF)
Besides applying moisturizer, one of the best things you can do to help keep your skin looking youthful is using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed. To cut back on the number of steps in your skin care routine, consider using a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, in the A.M. In addition to applying broad-spectrum sunscreen as the last step in your skin care routine in the morning, you should also reapply sunscreen at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. (Find out How to Reapply Sunscreen.)
3. EXFOLIATE ON THE REGULAR
Dull skin, which can be the result of dead skin cells that have built up the on the surface of your skin, can leave you looking older than you really are. Exfoliation can help rid the surface of your skin of this dead skin cell buildup. An easy way to exfoliate is by using a peel pad as part of your nightly skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are formulated with glycolic acid and have a multi-ply texture to help resurface dull, uneven skin tone. Immediately, skin looks brighter, while skin tone appears more even with continued use over time.
4. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR NECK
Be honest: When it comes to your skin care routine, how much attention do you really pay to your neck? If you answered none at all, you’re not alone. Plenty of people stop their skin care routine at their jawline—but it’s important to apply whatever skin care products you use your face to your neck as well if you want to help maintain the appearance of youthful-looking skin. That means cleansing, exfoliating, and applying moisturizer below your chin. Spread the skin care love! (Here's more on Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Neck.
5. BE GENTLE WHEN YOU PUT ON MAKEUP
Think about it: How much force do you use when you put on eyeliner? Do you pull on the outer corners of your eyes? When it comes perfecting a cat eye, of course you want a super-straight line, but tugging isn’t the answer. The good news is that you can nail the look while still being gentle. If you must hold the corner of your eye for any reason when applying makeup, try using your ring finger, because it provides less pressure than your other fingers.
6. ALWAYS REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED
We get it: When you get home after a long day running around, the last thing you want to do is spend time navigating a full skin care routine. In fact, you probably want to hop into bed ASAP and just dream of youthful skin! But hold off on snoozing immediately and take off your makeup first. When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil that has built up on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores (and clogged pores can lead to breakouts and blackheads). To make things easier on yourself, stash a bottle of micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, on your nightstand. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe it across your face to remove your makeup. If you’re specifically removing eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.
Now that you know the basics, why not hone in on specific factors that can disrupt an otherwise youthful-looking complexion? For your next lesson in skin care, check out our article, Your Guide to Taking Care of Dull-Looking Skin.