There are some items every woman needs in her life: the perfect pair of jeans, a LBD, red lipstick that flatters her skin tone—and the best 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, there are certain skin products you should keep your bathroom stocked with all the time. Ready to make sure you’re properly stocked? Consult this list to find the top skin care products we started using in 2020 and are taking with us into 2021. Trust us, they’re worth adding to your cart—and your skin care routine!
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, making it one of our go-to skin care products of 2020. Add the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types to your shopping list and get in on the fun.
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), this cleanser is formulated to remove everyday impurities, including dirt, oil, and pollution, from the surface of your skin. Talk about clean! Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, an exfoliating cleanser that helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, leaving pores with a tighter, minimized appearance and imperfections less visible.
You may not be familiar with peel pads, but this skincare product is beloved by beauty industry pros—and for a good reason. Peel pads help to exfoliate away dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull—and who wants that? Grab the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, which are formulated with glycolic acid, an AHA that’s known for its exfoliating abilities, making it one of our favorite skin products! Just make sure to pair your new skin care essential with broad-spectrum sunscreen, as newly revealed skin may be sensitive to sunlight!
No matter what type of skin you have, whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive, combination, or normal, 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. Our obsession in 2020? The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal to Dry Skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, the moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving radiance.
Getting older is a fact of life, and aging skin goes hand-in-hand with that. While there are plenty of preventative measures you can take (see below), when you have mature skin, it’s essential to use good skin care products like a moisturizer that suits your skin. Mature skin requires some extra TLC as your skin decreases in moisture, which can lead to dry skin and wrinkles. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream is one of our favorites of 2020. It penetrates effectively 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-looking glow.
While it might feel amazing to relax at the beach, all that time in the sun can actually do a number to your skin. Spending time in the sun without wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen can lead to damage later on, which can show up on your skin (think: wrinkles and dark spots). That’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen daily—and no, not just on sunny days. We’re all about doubling up on skin care benefits, which is why the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30 made a lasting impression on us in 2020. Formulated with Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and broad-spectrum SPF 30, the moisturizer firms, brightens, and reduces wrinkles while protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
To seriously upgrade your skin care routine, it’s time to say hello to face serum. Typically, face serums are highly concentrated formulas that target specific complexion concerns, such as dark spots and wrinkles. One we’re taking with us into 2021? The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum! This hyaluronic acid serum enhances skin’s moisture-retention for lasting hydration, reducing wrinkles for visibly plumped, youthful-looking skin.
Is anyone a fan of dark circles, under-eye puffiness, or crow’s feet? We thought not! If you’re plagued by any of these skin concerns, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel and add that bad boy to your skin care routine pronto to help reduce their appearance. 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.
Heading to the gym? Toss a pack of towelettes, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes, in your tote so you can freshen up post-workout. Face wipes are a great one-step skin care product that doesn’t require rinsing—so it’s perfectly alright if you don’t have access to a sink in the locker room. These wipes gently cleanse and remove all makeup (yes, even waterproof!). Plus, these ultra-soft towelettes won’t dry out your skin. Yay!
Is there anything more relaxing than putting your feet up and chilling with a face mask on? We think not! 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—the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask has been our mask obsession this past year. The charcoal mask has major skin care benefits; formulated with charcoal, it helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the appearance of dull skin.
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 the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub had to make it onto this list of our best facial products for 2020, as sugar scrubs provide gentle yet effective exfoliation. This face scrub is made with a blend of three pure sugars and can also be used to smooth your lips, and you know we love a good multi-tasker!
Did we mention keeping your skin hydrated is important? Everyone should invest in a nighttime moisturizer to give their skin intense, overnight hydration (we promise your skin will thank you). Our saving grace from 2020? 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. Every evening, apply onto cleansed skin.
We mentioned earlier that sun damage could 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. Give the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse, our go-to for 2020, a try. This gradual self-tanner will give your skin a long-lasting natural glow with an even finish.
Last but not least, we’re taking the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face, Neck, Chest and Hands with us into 2021. Tired of using an array of moisturizers to hydrate every body part? This all-over moisturizer can be used to nourish more than just your face! The formula absorbs quickly to relieve mature, very dry skin on the face, neck, chest, and hands—even on the go. (Not ready to stop shopping? How about perusing a few makeup products your beauty arsenal might be missing? Check out the 20 Makeup Product Essentials Every Woman Should Own.)