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The Skin Care Routine That’ll Help You Survive the Holidays

The holidays don’t have to mean dull skin or breakouts.
November 11, 2022


It’s not news that stress and the holidays tend to go hand in hand. Between  spending time with family, trying to catch holiday shopping deals and attending a slew of holiday parties, you may not have the time to pamper yourself. It’s also common to find acne breakouts, dullness, and eczema flare-ups affecting your skin during this time since they all can be linked to stress.

That’s why it’s important to lock down a skin care routine that can help you avoid pesky blemishes and redness and instead leave you with healthy-looking skin. Ahead, two routines — one for day and one for night —  for the holiday season.


The Best Daytime Holiday Skin Care Routine

The combination of winter weather and holiday fun can lead to skin care stressors, but this daytime routine will help soothe and protect your skin.


1. Cleanse Your Skin

If you want a clarifying cleanser, seek out a facial cleanser with glycolic acid that can help to resurface the skin and even skin tone. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 3.5% Glycolic Acid Cleanser, which is formulated with glycolic and salicylic acid  to exfoliate dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your face and refine the appearance of enlarged pores. As a result, you’ll sport a fresh and bright complexion.

2. Use a Powerful Eye Serum

Tired eyes can be an unfortunate side effect of late nights and fun holiday parties, but eye serums like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum can help. The eye serum uses hyaluronic acid and caffeine to depuff and brighten the eye area, and it can help reduce the look of under-eye wrinkles, crow’s feet, and dark circles.

3. Add Some Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps brighten and even dull skin, which is a common wintertime complaint. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum combines the vitamin C in the formula with vitamin E and salicylic acid to help reduce the look of pores and lines.  

4. Protect Your Skin From the Sun

There’s no reason why you should ever skip out on sun protection, even in the wintertime. One easy way to always make sure you’re in the clear is to use a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. The moisturizer helps to correct uneven skin tone and reveal brighter skin, while also providing sun protection.
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The Best Nighttime Holiday Skin Care Routine

Nighttime is recovery time for your skin, and this routine includes serums and creams to combat any holiday strain.


1. Remove Your Makeup Before Bed

By now you probably know that sleeping with your makeup on can wreak havoc on your skin. Your makeup can mix with dirt and oils on the surface of your skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Always make sure to completely remove your makeup before you sleep. 

For nights when you’re too tired to wash your face, keep the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and a few cotton pads on your bedside table. This cleanser purifies and hydrates your skin all in one step — no rinsing or rubbing required. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe it over your face to clean your skin.


2. Apply a Hydrating Face Serum

Since you may be wearing more makeup during the holidays, investing in a face serum formulated with hyaluronic acid is a smart move. Consider adding the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your holiday skin care regimen. This lightweight formula replenishes the skin with hydration to leave you with a visibly plumped and youthful-looking complexion. Every morning and evening, smooth two to three drops over your face and neck.

3. Use a Retinol

Retinol is a do-it-all product, and it helps improve skin texture, hyperpigmentation, while also reducing the look of wrinkles and revealing brighter, more luminous skin. Since retinol can increase sun sensitivity, wintertime is a great season to add it to your routine, but be aware that your skin may need time to get used to it. Introduce the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Night Serum, 0.3% Pure Retinol gradually: Twice a week, then every other night, before starting nightly use.

4. Grab an Eye Cream 

Soothe tired eyes with the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment. The eye treatment targets dark circles, crow’s feet, bags, puffiness, and crepey lids, and it helps to recover the skin’s antioxidant reserves. Gently apply around the eye with your ring finger before moving on to moisturizer. 

5. Finish With a Nourishing Moisturizer

Since the holidays and colder, harsher temperatures go hand in hand, it’s a good idea to add a nourishing cream to your skin care routine. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Micro Hyaluronic acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and plumping ceramides. The lightweight moisturizer provides long-lasting and non-greasy hydration. Smooth it on your face and neck every morning and evening.

Next: The Best Nighttime Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Production Assistant: Jason Parigian, Digital Tech: Sam Kang, Photo Assistant: Hannah Lewis-Lopes, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Prop Stylist: Katrina Rozeville, Prop Assistant: Zach Molina, Model: Alexandra Cunningham

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