Skin Care Essentials

How to Curate a Face Care Routine

As you likely already know, face care is a top priority for healthy, glowing skin. However, building the right face care routine can be a confusing concept for some. When you’re left to sift through different facial cleansersmoisturizers, and toners at the drugstore, it can all make your head spin. And if you start thinking of additional skin care products to complement your routine, well, that’s even more intimidating. So, if you’ve been struggling to put together the right face skin care routine to address your skin care concerns, there is no need to fret. Below, we’re sharing how to curate a proper face routine to help keep your skin in tip-top shape.

YOUR PERFECT FACE CARE ROUTINE

First things first, your perfect face care routine may differ from that of your bestie. The reason being, different skin types require different care. The basics of any routine include a facial cleanser to remove dirt and impurities from the skin, a moisturizer to hydrate and soften the skin, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen for all-day protection. However, certain skin types require a little extra love to keep the skin in proper shape. Keep reading to learn what will suit your specific skin type.

FACE CARE FOR NORMAL SKIN TYPES

If you have normal skin, your skin is not excessively oily or dry. Think of it as a happy medium. To care for your complexion, try the following face routine.

STEP #1: CLEANSER

When you’re on the hunt for the right cleanser for normal skin, it’s best to keep things easy and simple. Reach for a gentle cleanser that can rid your skin of dirt, excess oils, and makeup without any harsh rubbing or rinsing. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - All Skin Types to clean and balance your skin in just one step.

STEP #2: MOISTURIZE

Provide your skin with effortless moisture with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Normal/Dry Skin. Formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer offers your skin lightweight hydration for a healthy glow that goes the distance.

STEP #3: SUNSCREEN

No face care routine is complete without the use of sunscreen. Per the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher regularly and as directed to prevent sun damage. Further, you should take additional sun protection measures, including wearing protective clothing and accessories, avoiding the sun during its peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and seeking shade when possible.

FACE CARE FOR DRY SKIN TYPES

If you have dry skin, your skin is always thirsty for moisture, and you’ll need a face care routine that reflects that. Try this hydration-focused regimen.

STEP #1: CLEANSER

You want to start your face care routine on a nourishing note, and the L’Oréal Paris Nourishing Cream Cleanser is perfect for doing just that. Formulated with skin-replenishing oils, this cleanser gently removes dirt and oils without over-drying your skin.

STEP #2: EXFOLIATE

While you might assume that dry skin types should avoid exfoliation, it’s actually all about using the right exfoliator. Dry skin types will need an exfoliant, like a gentle face scrub, that can gently remove dirt and debris while providing nourishment. Sound like too much to ask for? Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub. Blended with three pure sugars, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, this facial scrub gently removes impurities from the skin while hydrating for a soft and supple finish.

STEP #3: TONER

Now it’s time to add a toner into the mix! The L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner offers a gentle non-drying formula that refreshes and softens the skin to prep your skin for moisturizer. Plus, it helps reveal a brighter complexion while leaving your face feeling ultra-soft and smooth.

STEP #4: MOISTURIZER

Give your dry skin some much-needed moisture with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer provides your skin with non-greasy hydration that lasts and lasts.

STEP #5: EYE CREAM

Chances are if your face is dry, you can expect the skin around your eyes to be dry as well. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your face, so you want to really show this area the love it needs. Use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment to give your eyes a more vibrant and refreshed look.

STEP #6: SUNSCREEN

Sun damage is a major skin concern for all skin types. Protect your skin from damaging sun rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you don’t, you can leave your skin vulnerable to developing premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots. Be sure to apply sunscreen every day as the last step in your face care routine.

FACE CARE FOR OILY SKIN TYPES

Oily skin types are prone to getting greasy throughout the day. It can be a struggle to deal with, but the right face care routine can help put your mind and skin at ease.

STEP #1: CLEANSE

Oily skin types may need a little extra attention when it comes to cleansing. Our recommendation? Double cleansing. Start the process with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin to gently remove makeup, dirt, and oil for a mattified finish. Then, follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser to help clarify and purify your skin.

STEP #2: EXFOLIATE

Tell excess oils to take a hike with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub. This lightweight gel-like scrub helps to unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells to reveal smooth and polished skin. 

Editor’s note: This isn’t necessarily a step for your everyday face care routine. While some people can handle exfoliating every day, others can only handle it a few times a week. So, it’s important to listen to your skin.

STEP #3: MOISTURE

One of the worst things you can do for oily skin is to avoid moisturizing. All skin types need moisture, and the key is finding the right formula to suit your oily skin. We recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin for lightweight hydration that locks in moisture and removes excess sebum for a fresh and healthy feel.

STEP #4: EYE CREAM

Every skin type can benefit from an eye cream. If you ever notice your under-eye area looking puffy, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel to help de-puff under-eye bags.

STEP #5: SUNSCREEN

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but sunscreen is a face skin care must. Since you’re working with oily skin, try an oil-free formula to protect your skin from the sun without contributing to a greasy complexion. Remember to opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen and take other sun protection measures.

FACE CARE FOR COMBINATION SKIN TYPES

Dealing with oily skin in certain areas and dry skin in others? Sounds like combination skin! If this is you, find a face care routine curated just for you below.

STEP #1: CLEANSER

When you have combination skin, your best bet is to use a cleanser that’s formulated for all skin types. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser to gently cleanse your skin without leaving it feeling dry or tight.

STEP #2: MOISTURIZER

Since you’re working with a few skin types all in one, one option is to use more than one moisturizer to treat different areas of your face. Alternatively, you can smooth on a face cream or lotion that works for all skin types, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica.

STEP #3: MASKING

Face masks are a great way to revive your skin and get some R&R. And with combination skin, you can get your money’s worth by multi-masking. The perfect technique to treat different areas on your face at the same time, this method will come right in handy. Check out our article, The Best Face Masks for Your Skin Type, to learn how to address your skin care concerns via masking. 

STEP #4: EYE CREAM

Show your eyes some love with a nourishing eye cream like the L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense. Formulated for all skin types, this eye cream will provide the delicate skin in that area with moisture.

STEP #5: SUNSCREEN

You know what to do! Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to top off your skin care routine and follow up with sun protective measures for the rest of your exposed skin. 

FACE CARE FOR MATURE SKIN TYPES

If you notice that your skin is beginning to age, it's time to change how you care for it. Follow this anti-aging face routine to keep your skin looking fresh.

STEP #1: CLEANSE

Take your cleansing game to the next level with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. Formulated with glycolic acid and micro pearls, this cleanser gently removes dirt and impurities from the skin to improve your overall skin tone, texture, and clarity to give your complexion a radiant finish.

STEP #2: SERUM

After you cleanse your skin, you should add a serum to your routine. A great way to boost your skin with moisture and other benefits, a serum’s potent formula can transform your skin. Smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum, which stimulates surface cell renewal to refresh, firm, and visibly plump your skin with hydration for an illuminating finish.

STEP #3: MOISTURIZE

As your skin matures, moisture-loss and lack of natural oils become a factor. Revive your skin with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer Fragrance-Free. Formulated with three of the top proven anti-aging ingredients, including Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer will visibly reduce wrinkles, firm, and brighten your skin in one week.

STEP #4: EYE CREAM

While the skin around your eyes is more prone to showing signs of aging, adding an eye cream can help with that. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream targets five signs of aging, including dark circles, puffiness, under-eye bags, crow’s feet, and crepiness, at once.

STEP #5: SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen is the icing on the cake for your face care routine. Sun damage can lead to aging signs becoming more prominent, so be sure to add a broad-spectrum offering to your routine.

Next up: Ready to start caring for the skin below your chin? In that case, it’s time to create a décolletage skin care routine to complement your face routine. Here’s A 4-Step Skin Care Routine for Your Décolletage.