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14 Skin Care Products Every Woman Should Own

Skin Care Concerns

14 Skin Care Products Every Woman Should Own 14 Skin Care Products Every Woman Should Own 14 Skin Care Products Every Woman Should Own

There are some items every woman needs in her life: perfectly-fitted skinny jeans, a LBD, red lipstick that flatters her skin tone—and a whole host of skin care products suited to her specific concerns, of course. Want to maintain a beautiful-looking glow? A consistent skin care routine is key! From facial cleanser and serum to face masks and eye gels formulated to minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, there are certain skin care products you should keep your bathroom stocked with if you want to maintain a radiant-looking complexion. Ready to go shopping? Consult this list to find L’Oréal Paris’ best skin care products for 2019. Trust us, they're worth adding to your cart—and your skin care routine!

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #1: MICELLAR WATER

Dear lazy girls: Introducing your skin’s new BFF! Micellar water has been a French-favorite cleanser for years and years—and now it’s super-popular across the globe. Haven’t tried it yet? Well, your skin is in for a gentle treat. Micellar water is made up of tiny micelles—oil molecules—that are suspended in water. These micelles act like magnets, attracting makeup, dirt, and oil up and away from your skin. The coolest part: Micellar water doesn’t require any rinsing or rubbing. Ooh là là!

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Sleeping in your makeup is a total beauty faux pas since your foundationmascara, and whatever else you have on your face can mix with the dirt and oil on your skin, leading to clogged pores. That’s where micellar water comes in. This one removes makeup (even the waterproof kind) in one swipe.

How to use it: Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water. For eye makeup removal, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe. You can also wipe the pad across your face to cleanse your skin.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #2: CLAY FACIAL CLEANSER

Sometimes you’ll find yourself really in the mood for a deep clean, and that’s when you’ll want to turn to a clay facial cleanser. While you’ll need to step up to the sink for this one (watch the cleanser turn from clay to mousse when you add water), these cleansers are formulated to remove everyday impurities including dirt, oil, and pollution from the surface of your skin. Talk about clean!

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser. This exfoliating cleanser helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, leaving pores with a tighter, minimized appearance and imperfections less visible. Squeeze the cleanser into your hands, then add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #3: PEEL PADS

It's possible you haven't heard of them before, but peel pads are beloved by beauty industry pros—and for good reason. Peel pads help to exfoliate away dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull (and who wants that?).

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads. It’s not just wrinkles that can make you look older—a dull, uneven skin tone can, too. Unfortunately, your skin’s natural ability to shed dead skin cells declines as you age, which allows dark spots and uneven tone to become more visible. What you can do: Try adding a peel pad to your nighttime skin care routine to slough off the dead skin cells. This one is formulated with glycolic acid, an AHA known for its exfoliating abilities.

How to use it: At night, gently smooth a peel pad over your face after cleansing. In the morning, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed, because newly revealed skin may be sensitive to sunlight.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #4: WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER

No matter what type of skin you have—such as oily, dry, sensitive, combination, or normal (in that case, lucky you!), moisturizer can help keep your complexion adequately hydrated. Water-based formulas have been trending lately, so this might be an option to consider when you’re thinking of picking up a new moisturizer.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal to Oily SkinL’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal to Dry Skin, or the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin. This line of water-based moisturizers is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water for long-lasting hydration. The normal to oily skin moisturizer removes excess sebum (a.k.a. oil) from the surface of skin for a fresh feel and matte look. The normal to dry skin moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving radiance. The extra dry skin moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.

How to use it: Morning and night, gently apply your moisturizer of choice to your face.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #5: MOISTURIZER FOR MATURE SKIN

Getting older is a fact of life, and aging skin comes with it. While there are plenty of preventative measures you can take (see below), when you have mature skin, it’s important to use a moisturizer that fits the bill. Mature skin requires some extra TLC as your skin is no longer producing as much natural oil as it used to, which can lead to dry skin and wrinkles.

Skin care product pick: Grab the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream, which penetrates effectively into the skin's surface layer to restore comfort and nourishing moisture to mature, very dry skin. The day cream will leave your skin firmer, feeling supple and elastic with a healthy glow.

How to use it: Every morning, apply onto cleansed skin.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #6: MOISTURIZER WITH SPF

While it might feel amazing to relax at the beach, all that time in the sun can actually do a number to your skin. When you spend time in the sun without wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, this can lead to damage later on, which can show up on your skin (think: wrinkles and dark spots). That doesn’t sound good, does it? That’s why it’s important to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily—and no, not just on sunny days.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher every single day as directed. You’ll also need to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Of course, sun protection doesn’t begin and end with sunscreen. The FDA also recommends dressing for the occasion by wearing long sleeves and pants, broad-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Better safe than sorry! To cut down on the number of steps in your skin care routine, reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, which is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, glycolic acid, and vitamin C.

How to use it: Apply it as the last step in your morning skin care routine daily as directed.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #7: SERUM

To seriously upgrade your skin care routine, it’s time to say hello to serum. Typically, serums are highly concentrated formulas that target specific complexion concerns, such as dark spots and wrinkles. They can also help to improve the overall appearance of your skin. Talk about a win-win! Unsure of where serum should fall in your skin care routine? The answer: You should apply one in between cleansing and moisturizing.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum or the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum. The hyaluronic acid serum enhances skin's moisture-retention for lasting hydration, reducing wrinkles for visibly plumped, youthful-looking skin. The vitamin C serum boosts radiance and neutralizes free radicals that lead to skin aging, reducing wrinkles.

How to use it: Before using your moisturizer, apply either serum over your face in the AM and PM.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #8: EYE GEL

Is anyone a fan of dark circles, under-eye puffiness, or crow’s feet? Anyone, anyone? We thought not! If you’re plagued by any of these skin concerns, reach for an eye gel and add that bad boy to your skin care routine pronto to help reduce their appearance.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel. This ultra-gentle eye gel helps cushion mature, very dry skin with nourishing moisture, reducing puffy bags, brightening dark circles, and leaving your eyes looking more youthful over time.

How to use it: Apply twice daily on clean skin. Using the rollerball applicator, massage formula onto the under-eye area in circular motions. Gently pat in any excess with fingers.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #9: MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES

Heading to the gym? Toss a pack of towelettes in your tote so you can freshen up post-workout. Towelettes are a great one-step skin care product that don’t require rinsing—so it’s perfectly alright if you don’t have access to a sink in the locker room.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes. Your life is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to towelettes. These wipes gently cleanse and remove all makeup (yes, even waterproof!). Plus, these ultra-soft towelettes won’t dry out your skin. Yay!

How to use it: Wipe a towelette over your face and you’re good to go.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #10: CHARCOAL MASK

Is there anything more relaxing than putting your feet up and chilling with a face mask on? Face masks are an awesome way to get your Zen on without ever leaving the comfort of your own home (meaning you can slather one on while wearing your jammies). But any ol’ face mask won’t do—this time, reach for a charcoal mask for major skin care benefits.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. Formulated with charcoal, this face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the appearance of dull skin.

How to use it: Apply an even layer of the face mask to clean, dry skin. (Avoid your delicate lip and eye area!) Leave the face mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use three times a week for best results.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #11: SUGAR SCRUBS

Exfoliation is key for having a smooth, soft, and bright complexion. But while exfoliating your face is a must in any routine, finding a face scrub that won’t be too harsh on your delicate skin can be a struggle. This is why sugar scrubs had to make it onto this list of our best skin care products for 2019, as they provide gentle yet effective exfoliation.

Skin care product pick: Grab your favorite out of the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub. Each scrub is formulated with a blend of three pure sugars. These scrubs can also be used to smooth your lips!

How to use it: Using dry fingers, smooth a small amount of the scrub onto clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Massage over face with wet fingers, then rinse with warm water. Use up to three times a week.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #12: NIGHT BALM

Did we mention keeping your skin hydrated is important? Every woman should invest in a nighttime moisturizer to give their skin intense, overnight hydration (we promise your skin will thank you).

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm. Formulated with manuka honey, this luxurious night balm melts onto skin for long-lasting hydration, effectively penetrating the skin's surface layer to comfort and strengthen mature, very dry skin. Skin on the face, neck, and chest is left firmer, stronger, and more resilient.

How to use it: Every evening, apply onto cleansed skin. 

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #13: SELF-TANNING MOUSSE

We mentioned earlier that sun damage can really take a toll on your skin, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up having a bronze glow! Grab a self-tanning mousse for a faux tan that’s easy to apply and looks natural.

Skin care product pick: Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse. This gradual self-tanner will give your skin a long-lasting natural glow with an even finish.

How to use it: Shake well. Pump some mousse into your hand and smooth evenly over clean, exfoliated skin. Allow four to eight hours for the color to fully develop before showering. For a longer-lasting tan, apply three times over 12-24 hours. Wash hands thoroughly after use. Let skin dry completely before putting on clothes.

SKIN CARE PRODUCT #14: MULTI-USE MOISTURIZER

Tired of having an array of moisturizers for every body part? Grab yourself a multi-tasking moisturizer that can be used to hydrate more than just your face!

Skin care product pick: Grab the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face/Neck/Chest/Hands, which absorbs quickly to relieve mature, very dry skin on the face, neck, chest, and hands—even on the go.

How to use it: Every morning and/or night, apply onto cleansed skin. Use alone or under makeup.

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