Spring break may be associated with the beach and enjoying warm weather, but if you aren't able to travel, it's also a great opportunity to take a closer look at your beauty routine. Whether you’re looking to refine your skin care routine with a face mask or scrub or your makeup routine is ready for a revamp that involves tossing heavy foundations in favor of lighter springtime formulas, ‘tis the season for change. And when would it be better to make changes than a week where you actually have time you can dedicate to the new and improved you? Below, find eight simple ways to make the most of your beauty routine over spring break.
1. ADD A FACE MASK TO YOUR ROUTINE...OR 4
There’s nothing like a face mask to satisfy your self-care fix when you have off from school or work. Best of all, there are tons of face masks out there that can help target specific skin care concerns. Find your face mask match with our four options below. You can even multi-mask by applying different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time, depending on your concerns. Use the below face masks two to three times a week for the best results.
If you’re concerned about rough skin and clogged pores…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask. Formulated with three pure clays and red algae extract, this mask helps exfoliate dead skin cells from skin’s surface, and also lifts away dirt and oil from clogged pores. The end result is a polished, smooth-looking complexion. After you’re done, your skin texture will appear refined, and pores will look minimized.
Where to apply it: Any spot where you are bothered by clogged pores, such as your T-zone.
If you’re concerned about dull, tired and oily skin…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. This face mask formula with three clays and charcoal acts like a magnet to unclog pores, drawing out impurities like dirt, oil, and pollution from skin’s surface. The creamy, non-drying formula helps leave your skin looking noticeably brighter and feeling clean and velvety-smooth. Your complexion will also look more even.
Where to apply it: Any spots where you experience a buildup of dead skin cells or dullness.
If you’re concerned about stressed skin…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask. Formulated with three clays and seaweed, this face mask helps draw out any buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, visibly reduce the appearance of imperfections, comfort stressed skin, and gently cleanse skin. When you’re finished, skin is not only clean but refreshed and soothed.
Where to apply it: Any spots where your skin is stressed.
If you’re concerned about rough texture and uneven tone…use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. The face mask formula with three clays and yuzu lemon extract helps shed rough, dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, clarify tone, and improve skin texture. Rinse off to reveal skin left with a clean glow.
Where to apply it: Any spots are uneven with roughness and imperfections.
2. EXFOLIATE WINTER-WEATHERED SKIN WITH A FACE SCRUB
While you’re refining your face, another great way to refresh your complexion is with a gentle face scrub. There are many types to choose from, but we particularly enjoy the gentle exfoliating effect of sugar scrubs. If you want to give one a try, take a peek at the four sugar scrubs, below.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: Get your green on by using this green face scrub formulated with kiwi and three types of sugar. The face scrub will gently yet effectively exfoliate and purify the look of your complexion. Immediately, skin looks smooth and glowing.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: In addition to a combination of three sugars, this face scrub is also formulated with finely crushed cocoa, luxurious coconut oil, and rich cocoa butter. Immediately after use, skin looks more refined and feels softer, smoother, and comfortable. With continued use over time, skin looks healthier and radiant.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: This face scrub provides gentle yet effective exfoliation for glowing, baby-soft skin. It’s formulated with finely ground acai and nutrient-rich grapeseed and monoi oils, along with three sugars. Immediately after use, skin feels smoother and looks glowing. With continued use over time, skin looks rebalanced and glowing with a more refined texture.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub: In need of an energy boost? This face scrub won’t disappoint! Formulated with real Kona coffee grounds and three sugars, the scrub instantly awakens tired-looking skin for a rejuvenated finish. After use, skin looks smooth and energized.
Whichever you choose, simply smooth a small amount of the face scrub onto clean, dry skin, avoiding your eye area. Massage the scrub over your skin with wet fingers, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Have flaky lips? Our scrubs can be used there, too! To learn how, check out our article, How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick.
3. GET IN THE HABIT OF WEARING BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN EACH AND EVERY DAY
If you’re the kind of person who only uses sunscreen on vacation when you’re sitting by the pool, it’s time to change that. Here’s the thing—it’s essential to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day—rain or shine—since, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days. Yes, really. In fact, UVA rays can even penetrate glass, which means you should be wearing sunscreen inside, too.
Not to mention, sun damage can lead to visible signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles down the road. To knock two steps of your routine out in one, use a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30.
4. GIVE YOUR SKIN A BREAK FROM HEAVY FOUNDATION FORMULAS
While winter may call for heavier formulas to help cover up the appearance of extra-dry skin, spring calls for a lightweight alternative that won’t weigh your complexion down as the temperatures heat up. The solution? A no makeup, makeup approach to skin. To get the look, try swapping your go-to foundation out for the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. Squeeze some of the liquid formula onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and stipple it onto your skin for unmatched all-over radiance.
Next, dab the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer under your eyes and blend it out with the applicator. To top off your look, pat the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops onto your cheekbones with your fingertip for skin that looks as if it glows from within.
5. GET YOU FAUX GLOW ON
Not going on a warm-weather vacay doesn't mean you can’t score a seasonal tan. With the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse, you’ll be able to achieve natural-looking, streak-free color without leaving home. Designed to deliver an even, bronzed glow while hydrating skin, you’ll look fresh off the beach by the time you get back to your regular everyday life. Smooth the mousse over clean, exfoliated skin and let dry before putting on clothes.
6. SHOW YOUR MANE SOME TLC
Ready to get your tresses back on track? There’s an easy way to do just that. It all starts with a nourishing hair care system like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo for Long, Damaged Hair and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Conditioner for Long, Damaged Hair. Formulated with a blend of castor oil, vitamin B3, and vitamin B5, this restoring pair works to seal in shine and strengthen your locks for a healthier mane.
And since you have some extra time on your hands, complete your hair care regimen with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner. The leave-in treatment helps to combat split ends and hair breakage while preventing heat damage.
7. GIVE YOUR HAIR A BREAK FROM THE HOT TOOLS
Spring break is a chance to take time away from your regular schedule. Even if you’re not going on a luxurious vacation, why not give your hair a vacation from heat-styling? To maintain your style sans heat, apply an egg-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse evenly through your strands and scrunch for heat-free definition.
8. EXPERIMENT WITH A NEW HAIR COLOR
Ready to step out of your hair color comfort zone and try something new? Give a bold hair color a test drive with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray, which is available in a variety of on-trend shades, including rose gold and pastel mint. Place a towel around your clothes, shake the can well, and spray on color four to six inches away from dry hair. Wait a few minutes for the color to dry completely. The temporary spray washes out in one just shampoo, so you can play with a new hue the next day!
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