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Standing in the supermarket or drugstore beauty aisle can be fun—or it can be overwhelming. The latter can tend to happen when you’re trying to pick out new skin care products, only you’re not sure which ones to choose because you’re not exactly sure what your skin type is and what will work best for your complexion.
The thing is, if you have dry skin, you’re going to want to follow a different routine than someone who has oily skin. So, what can you do to cut down on the confusion? It’s all about understanding what your skin type is, using products formulated for your specific skin type, and following a routine that’s tailored to your skin care concerns. Read on for all your must-have skin type knowledge.
If you have normal skin, congratulations! Your skin isn’t too oily or too dry—basically, it’s balanced. Lucky you!
If you have normal skin, follow this motto: Stick to simple. A gentle cleanser can be enough to help keep your skin clean. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types removes makeup (even waterproof mascara!) and dirt in just one step. Saturate a cotton pad and sweep across your face until completely clean—no harsh rubbing or rinsing required.
Look for a moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for your skin type, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica, a nourishing option that works all day to help refresh and hydrate skin while preventing against the signs of aging.
Even if the skin surrounding your eyes isn’t particular dry, it doesn’t hurt to start using eye cream regularly, as the area around your eyes is often the first to show signs of aging. The L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense is a light, non-greasy gel cream that is specially formulated to defend against premature signs of aging around the eyes.
No matter your skin type, wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen—and taking other sun protection measures—is a must. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily, reapply every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), cover up exposed areas, seek shade, and limit your amount of time in the sun, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Spotting an oily complexion is typically not difficult. In fact, if you have one, you probably already know. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), oily skin looks shiny.
What’s better than cleansing your face once? Doing it twice! We’re talking about double-cleansing, which just may be something you want to try if you have oily skin. Your first cleanse should help remove makeup and dirt from the surface of your skin, while your second cleanse should help remove any remaining impurities. Start with a simple rinse-free option like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes. Then, follow up with a rinse-off cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser.
Dead skin cells and excess oils can build up on your skin, which can lead to your skin looking extra-oily. So, reach for an exfoliating scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, which gently exfoliates dull, dead skin cells from skin’s surface and removes traces of oil, dirt, and makeup. There’s no right or wrong answer as to how often you should exfoliate—some people can handle doing it every day, while others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you.
Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from moisturizing. In fact, moisturizer should be part of every single skin care routine, no matter your skin type. You might think you can get away with skipping out on moisturizer if you have oily skin, but really, it’s all about finding one that’s right for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that is formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid to help provide long-lasting hydration. Plus, it has a matte finish.
Similar to how everyone should use moisturizer, everyone could benefit from the use of an eye cream, too. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur Eye has a silky, hydrating formula that glides on smoothly for an immediate smoothing effect and cool, fresh finish.
Again, you shouldn’t skip out on broad-spectrum sunscreen—and taking other sun protection measures—if you have oily skin. Look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic formula, and remember to apply daily before going outside and reapply often—as well as limiting your time in the sun and covering up exposed areas.
According to the AAD, dry skin can look flakey and sometimes even feel itchy. That’s why a hydrating skin care routine is key!
When your skin feels as dry as the desert, the last thing you likely want to do is wash your face. That’s why it’s important to pick a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser is formulated with replenishing oils to help cleanse skin without over-drying.
Dead skin cells and excess oils can build up on your skin, which can lead to your skin looking extra-oily. So, reach for an exfoliating scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, which gently exfoliates dull, dead skin cells from skin’s surface and removes traces of oil, dirt, and makeup. Remember, there’s no right or wrong answer as to how often you should exfoliate—some people can handle doing it every day, while others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you.
Now it’s time to find a moisturizer that’s formulated for dry skin! The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are both formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid, enveloping skin with moisture. Smooth your moisturizer of choice over your face and neck.
If the rest of your face is dry, the skin around your eyes could be, too. This delicate, thin-skinned area is even more prone to dryness than the rest of your complexion. So, look for a hydrating eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm, which is formulated with precious oils for all day hydration and comfort.
If you have dry skin, look for a moisturizing broad-spectrum sunscreen—apply it daily as the last step in your morning skin care routine, then make sure to take other sun protection measures, like limiting your sun exposure, seeking shade whenever possible, and throwing on sun protective accessories like a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Think you might have combination skin? This is one skin type that can be tricky to manage. According to the AAD, those with combination skin may notice that their T-zone (which includes the forehead, nose, and chin) are oily, while their cheeks tend to be dry.
If you have combination skin that’s oily in some areas but dry in others, look for a face wash that works on all skin types, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser and cleanse morning and night.
Make things easy on yourself by applying a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30. Toss it in your tote so that you can reapply on the go—and be sure to limit your amount of time in the sun, especially during peak hours. Throw a hat on sunglasses on, too!
Just as with every other skin type we’ve covered so far, now’s the time to reach for an eye cream and dab it lightly onto your under-eye area.
Indulging in a face mask is one of the best ways to pamper your skin. If you have combination skin, try multi-masking—we’re talking about applying different masks to different areas of your face at the same time—to address your skin concerns. Take your pick of the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. Apply your mask(s) of choice to clean, dry skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask three times a week for best results; use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Mask twice a week for best results.
Now that you know the basics, you might be craving an even more in-depth look at skincare routines. If you have mature skin, check out our article, How to Restore Radiance to Mature, Dull Skin.