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If blemishes have become the bane of your existence, you’re likely familiar with spot treatments. Known to help reduce the appearance of various skin care concerns, spot creams have become a must-have for many skin care lovers. So, of course, we had to see if this buzz-worthy product actually lives up to the hype. Ready to satisfy your curiosity? Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about spot treatments, including how to add one to your skin care routine.
A spot treatment, as you may already have guessed, involves targeting specific areas on your face to help address skin concerns and even out your skin tone. Unlike other skin care products, spot treatments are typically applied directly onto blemishes or dark spots instead of being used on your entire face. While pimple spot treatments are the most common, there is a wide variety of options you can try. Look a little closer in the skin care aisle, and you can expect to see acne spot treatments, dark spot treatments, and age spot treatments, among other options. You can also choose from various formulas, including creams, gels, lotions, serums, and patches, to suit your needs. Spot creams are one of the most popular.
Beyond having different formula types and issues that they address, a big differentiator between spot treatments is the ingredients in their formulas. Often, pimple spot treatments are formulated with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Dark spot and age spot treatments may have the same ingredients or be combined into one product. Niacinamide is one ingredient you may see appearing on spot cream ingredient lists frequently. Case in point: the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector. This dark spot corrector is formulated with niacinamide. The serum corrector formula helps to fade age spots, dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne marks, making it a no-brainer. Not to mention, it works to illuminate skin tone for a radiant and youthful complexion.
When you have a skin concern that isn’t taking over your whole face but is focused on specific areas, like a pimple here and there or dark spots concentrated on your cheek, a spot treatment can be just what you need. That way, you don’t have to apply the formula all over when you really only need targeted attention.
To really determine if spot treatments are necessary, however, you may need to visit your dermatologist. This is especially true if you’re considering an acne spot treatment. They can help you determine which actives to look for or if you’re better off with a product that’s meant to be applied to your entire face.
Now that you know all about spot treatments, this is how you can add one to your skin care routine.
Face cleanser is the foundation of any good skin care routine. You’ll want to kick things off with a cleansing session, twice a day—morning and night! This beauty staple removes dirt, oil, and other impurities from the surface of your skin. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which is formulated with three-pure clays and charcoal to get the job done.
In the morning, squeeze the facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face in circular motions, avoiding your eye area. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, and you’re ready for the next step.
It’s time to switch gears and add a round of exfoliation into the mix. It’s easy to think that exfoliation is optional, but this crucial step works to slough away dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of the skin. In turn, this gives your skin a radiant and youthful-looking glow—and who doesn’t want that?
How frequently you should exfoliate varies from person to person. Some people’s skin can only handle exfoliating once a week, while others can exfoliate a few times per week. Pay attention to your skin to see what works for you.
As for what to exfoliate with, a face scrub is always a solid choice. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub. All four are formulated with three-pure sugars that effectively remove dirt, oil, and debris from the skin for a smooth and supple finish.
Now for the star of the show—your spot treatment! Dot the spot cream or gel onto your skin where needed, following the directions that coordinate with the specific product you’re using. Let the treatment dry before moving on to the next step. If you start smoothing products on top straight away, the treatment will end up migrating to other parts of your face.
No matter what skin type you’re working with, it’s essential to moisturize your skin day and night. Show your skin the attention it deserves with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin. These moisturizers are formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid and provide skin with continuous hydration.
No matter the time of year or any other factor you may consider, sun protection is an absolute must for your skin care routine. After all, spending prolonged periods in the sun without protection can lead to sunburn. It can also cause damage and visible signs of aging down the road, like dark spots and wrinkles.
Apply (and reapply) a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration, limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long pants, long sleeves, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Prefer to keep your routine short and sweet? Knock out two steps in one by using a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30. Aside from SPF 30, this staple is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol for a moisturizer that helps to correct uneven skin tone, reveal brighter skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. You have to admit, this formula packs a mighty punch!
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