You know how important it is to follow a consistent skin care regimen—but other than your skin type, is there anything else you should take into account when putting together your routine? Well, depending on where you live, you may want to take the climate into account, too. That’s because whether you live in a dry, cold environment or one that’s hot and humid, the weather can play a role when it comes to how your skin looks. To help you determine how to adjust your skin care routine based on where you reside, we’ve rounded up the following skin care tips. Here, find your location-based skin care routine.
The Skin Care Routine for Cities
City life can be hectic—during the week, you take a crowded train to the office, hit up happy hour with your friends after work, and always have a packed schedule of activities during the weekend. Regardless of how busy you are, you should make time to care for your complexion with a city-tailored skin care routine.
Step 1: Cleanse morning and night. Dirt and grime can build up on your skin throughout the day, which is why cleansing should be a non-negotiable step in your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleaner lifts dirt and impurities without over-drying skin.
Step 2: Moisturize and protect. You’ll see this come up in all of our location-based skin care routines—sun protection is a must. If you’re an on-the-go city slicker, reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, and apply it before heading outside. In addition to applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, you should also take other sun protection measures including reapplying sunscreen every two hours (and immediately after swimming or sweating), limiting your time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up any exposed areas, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Step 3: Use a clay mask. That city life may be contributing to dull-looking skin. Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask is formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and enhanced with charcoal and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Use three times a week for best results. (Learn more about how pollution can affect the look of your skin.)
The Skin Care Routine for Desert Climates
Known for having little to no moisture in the air, desert climates can do a number on your skin. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, a lack of moisture in the air can cause dry skin. That’s why it’s a good idea to help ensure you’re hydrating your skin properly.
Step 1: Cleanse with micellar water. Instead of reaching for a foaming cleanser, try using a micellar water formulated for dry skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes. It’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act like a magnet to help lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. Since there’s no rinsing required, all you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Step 2: Moisturize. After cleansing, show your very dry skin some love with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid, this water-based moisturizer glides on smoothly to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Step 3: Help protect yourself from the sun. Like we told you earlier, we’re going to be talking about sun protection a lot today! If there’s one thing the desert is known for, it’s the heat. Remember to apply a broad-spectrum with an SPF of 30 or higher, seek shade whenever possible, limit your sun exposure, and wear long sleeves, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat.
Step 4: Spritz on a facial mist. Need an afternoon boost of hydration? Keep a facial mist on hand so that you can spray it on whenever you need a refreshing cool down.
Step 5: Don’t forget the rest of your body. Your whole body deserves to be part of your skin care routine! Pack a moisturizing lip balm formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen in your tote so that you can help hydrate and protect your lips on the go. And don’t forget about the skin below your neck. Stock a body lotion in the tub and apply it to damp skin after you’re done showering.
The Skin Care Routine for Cold Climates
Brrrr! If you live somewhere that’s frequently cold—or you’re traveling to a ski resort for vacation—come prepared with a skin care routine for this particular climate. When it’s cold outside, there’s often low moisture in the air—and that can lead to dry skin. So, hydration should be top of mind.
Step 1: Wash your face with a cream cleanser. Cleansing your complexion should be part of your daily skin care routine, but you don’t want to strip your skin of essential oils while you do so, as this can lead to even more dryness. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser is formulated with replenishing oils and gently yet effectively removes traces of makeup.
Step 2: Deeply condition your skin at night. Certain areas of your body are especially prone to dryness—think: knees, elbows, hands, and feet. And cold, dry climates may only exacerbate that. To help hydrate your skin, keep a nourishing body lotion on hand. For added hydration, apply the lotion to your hands and feet before heading to bed, then slip into a pair of gloves and socks. As far as your face goes, apply the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Mask, a luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy mask, before hitting the sheets. Immediately, skin feels hydrated. Smooth over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed.
Step 3: Try a facial oil. Consider using a facial oil before moisturizing to help add another layer of hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil is formulated with eight essential oils and helps nourish skin. Apply 4-5 drops onto the palm of your hand, then dab the facial oil onto your face in small dots with your finger. Follow up with moisturizer if needed.
Step 4: Invest in a humidifier. Dealing with weather-related dry skin? A humidifier can help add some much-need moisture back into the air. So, set one up in your bedroom!
The Skin Care Routine for Tropical Climates
Tropical weather seems ideal—but all that humidity in the air can leave your complexion looking overly oily. If you live—or are traveling to—a tropical climate, it’s time to add mattifying products to your skin care routine. (These are the top beauty products you should pack with you for a tropical getaway.)
Step 1: Use a cleanser formulated for oily skin. OK, you’re probably getting tired of hearing us repeat this so often, but it’s important! Regardless of your location, cleansing should be the first step in your skincare routine—morning and night. If you’re in a tropical climate, try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies. Because you don’t need to be near a sink to use it, it’s a great travel-friendly skin care pick. Just pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face to help remove dirt, oils, and makeup.
Step 2: Mattify the look of your complexion with a mask. Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. Sometimes, cleansing isn’t enough to solve this problem. That’s where the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask comes in. Formulated with three types of clay and enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract, this clay mask helps to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. To use, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Use three times a week for best results.
Step 3: Hydrate with an oil-free moisturizer. Just because you’re in humid conditions doesn’t mean you should skip out on the moisturizer. Simply look for an oil-free version, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin. Bonus: It has matte (a.k.a. non-shiny finish)!
Step 4: Make sun protection a priority. No matter your climate or skin type, sun protection should be part of your daily skin care routine. Don’t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, limit your sun exposure, seek shade, and cover up.