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Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: How to Brighten Your Skin Post-Winter

Skin Care Concerns

Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: How to Brighten Your Skin Post-Winter Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: How to Brighten Your Skin Post-Winter Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: How to Brighten Your Skin Post-Winter

Complexion looking a little duller than you’d like as winter winds down? Ugh, we’ve all been there—and we all know that dull skin can seriously mess with your self-confidence. The thing is, the lack of moisture in the air during wintertime can leave you with skin that looks a little lackluster. But getting brighter, younger-looking skin as we head into spring isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish, as you’re probably well aware. The good news is that by incorporating a few simple skin care tips and skin care products—like peel pads—into your daily post-winter skin care routine, it is possible to recapture some of that radiance you’ve lost during the cold weather season. We chatted with Dr. Rocio Rivera, head of scientific communications for L'Oréal Paris, to learn all about her favorite skin care product for brighter-looking skin (peel pads!) along with other skin care tips you can use for a more radiant look this spring.

what are peel pads?

Peel pads are a type of skin care product that you can use at night to exfoliate your skin and help brighten its appearance. Peel pads can utilize both forms of exfoliation—mechanical and chemical. Typically, used smooth one onto your face after cleansing, then follow up with moisturizer. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are a derm-inspired brightening skin care product that can be used daily to help resurface dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal youthful-looking skin. These ultra-soft, pre-soaked peel pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help gently dissolve dead skin cell buildup and help to reduce the look of uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time. What’s more, the multi-ply texture pads physically resurface dead skin cells on the surface of your skin to help reveal a lit-from-within glow.

How Do You Use Peel Pads?

When it comes to maintaining brighter-looking skin, Dr. Rivera points out that it’s all about consistency in your skin care routine—after all, you wouldn’t go to the gym one day and expect to see results the next day, would you? (If only that was actually the case!) So, keep up the good work by swiping on a peel pad daily. Dr. Rivera suggests using the product at night, when your skin is most receptive—that’s because according to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin repairs itself while you snooze. (Hey, it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!)

As you know, it’s essential to wear a broad-spectrum SPF every single day—rain or shine—to help protect against UV rays, which can cause damage (plus, it turns out you can get burned even on cloudy days—yikes). Slathering on a broad-spectrum SPF is especially important when you’re using glycolic acid, advises Dr. Rivera, since alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. So, always apply a sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher in the morning before heading out for the day—this should be the last step in your morning skin care routine. And remember to toss your sunscreen in your purse so that you can reapply every two hours! (You should take other sun protection measures, too, like limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas.)

what are the beauty benefits of glycolic acid?

Our peel pads are formulated with glycolic acid. Here’s what you need to know about glycolic acid: Like we told you earlier, glycolic acid is an AHA. That means it can help exfoliate dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, which can in turn help improve skin’s texture and brighten things up. Glycolic acid can also have anti-wrinkle benefits with continued use over time. It’s no wonder it’s super-popular in the skin care world. Just remember: It’s important to apply a broad-spectrum SPF if you are using products formulated with glycolic acid since it makes skin more sensitive to sunlight.


Are there any other steps you can take in your skin care routine besides using a peel pad to help brighten the look of your complexion this spring? Dr. Rivera recommends the entire L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal collection, which includes the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub CleanserL'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer, and L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.

For more radiance-boosting skin care tips, here are 5 Easy Ways to Help Create the Appearance of Glowing Skin.