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8 Must-Have Winter Skin Care Products

Skin Care Essentials

8 Must-Have Winter Skin Care Products 8 Must-Have Winter Skin Care Products 8 Must-Have Winter Skin Care Products

Ah, winter. While we’re huge fans of the holiday season, winter wither can come with a new set of skin care concerns. One of the most common ones is dry skin. Cold winter air lacks moisture—and that can lead to your skin feeling drier and looking duller than usual this time of year. The good news is, we’ve got plenty of skin care products—from a charcoal mask to help brighten the appearance of your skin to a face moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid to self-tanner towelettes to help fake a summer tan—that are perfect for use this winter. Add the following skin care products to your skin care routine this season to help keep your skin looking glowing while temperature drops.

Winter Skin Care Product #1: Charcoal Mask

Complexion looking a little on the dull side this winter? Well, over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and UV rays can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. Our charcoal mask, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten Face Mask, is formulated with three types of clay and charcoal to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the appearance of dull skin, and even out the look of skin tone. Immediately, skin looks brighter with a glow. To use, apply an even layer of this face mask to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use three times a week for best results. Here are 8 Face Mask Hacks That’ll Make Your Skin Care Routine More Fun.

Winter Skin Care Product #2: Moisturizer Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid

Winter is the perfect time to up your hydration game by switching to a moisturizer formulated for extra dry skin. Extra dry skin has a very fragile skin moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. Enter the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, this moisturizer is like a “boost” of water for the skin, continuously refreshing it with hydration. Immediately, skin feel comfortable, soothed, and nourished with moisture. Pro tip: Apply moisturizer to damp skin after cleansing to help lock in hydration.

Winter Skin Care Product #3: Face Scrub

Give your skin a sweet treat (literally) this winter by using a face scrub. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub is formulated with three types of sugar, finely crushed cocoa, luxurious coconut oil, and rich cocoa butter. It effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of skin and gently polishes away the appearance of dull skin. Immediately post-use, skin looks more refined and feels softer, smoother, and more comfortable, while skin looks glowing with continued use over time. Smooth a small amount of face scrub onto clean, dry skin using dry fingers. Massage the face scrub all over your face with wet fingers, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can also use this face scrub on your lips! (We’ve got tips on How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick.)

Winter Skin Care Product #4: Cica Cream

New year, new skin care routine, right? If you’ve been thinking about adding a few anti-aging skin care products to your skin care routine but haven’t been sure where to start, consider cica cream. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica is a lightweight, protective cream formulated with Pro-Retinol and Centella Asiatica. Immediately, skin feels softer and smoother after use, while the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is minimized with continued use over time and skin clarity is improved. Every morning and evening, smooth the cica cream over your face until thoroughly absorbed.

Winter Skin Care Product #5: Face Mask for Mature Skin

As skin matures, it can start to look dull—couple that with winter’s frigid temps and well, you might be wondering if it’s even possible to recapture any of your youthful glow. If you have mature skin, try using the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Face Mask. This glow-activating face mask for mature, dull skin helps to renew the appearance of skin’s rosiness in a fresh, cooling experience. Formulated with imperial peony, AHA, and a mineral exfoliant, this face mask helps exfoliate dull, dead skin cells from the surface of skin and refreshes skin with a gelee texture. Immediately, skin looks fresh, hydrated, and radiant. Apply the face mask to clean skin and leave on for five minutes. Gently massage the face mask into your skin using light, circular motions to help exfoliate. Then, rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use twice a week. (Here’s How to Restore Radiance to a Dull Skin Tone.)

Winter Skin Care Product #6: Self-Tanner Towelettes

Who says you can’t rock some golden color in the dead of winter? It’s all about adding a self-tanner to your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body are convenient, single-use wipes. They have an advanced skin-smoothing formula that helps provide the perfect amount of self-tanner with streak-free application. Since they’re individually wrapped, you can toss them in your suitcase if you have a winter getaway planned. Follow the below steps to use these self-tanner towelettes.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Step 2: Smooth a self-tanner towelette all over your body, unfolding as needed.

Step 3: Use sparingly around your ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 4: Let skin dry before putting on clothes.

Use a self-tanner towelette daily until you reach your desired level of tan, then apply 1-2 times a week to help maintain your color.

Winter Skin Care Product #7: Moisturizer with SPF

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should skimp on sun protection. You should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily as directed—year-round. If you’re always running out the door, look for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. But wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen (or moisturizer with SPF) isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take each day. Oh no, your sun protection routine shouldn’t stop there. Additionally, you should also 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 sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. (Hitting the slopes this winter? Here’s The Ultimate Skin Care Routine for Your Next Ski Trip.)

Winter Skin Care Product #8: Overnight Face Mask

We’re pretty big fans of face masks—which you may have already guessed, since we already had two other face masks on our list of winter skin care product must-haves. But there’s another kind of face mask we want to end our list with, and that’d be the overnight face mask. Overnight face masks are kept on your skin while you sleep to help hydrate—which is something you’re likely in need of this winter! The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask is a luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy face mask that forms a virtual protective mask over skin. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and supple. Every evening, apply the overnight face mask to your skin before going to bed. You can use it alone or as the last step in your skin care routine. Smooth it over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed, and leave it on overnight to see results.

And there you have it! These are officially our favorite skin care products to use during the winter months. From a hydrating face moisturizer to a brightening charcoal mask, you can easily update your winter skin care routine with a few different skin care products to help keep your complexion looking glow-y. Of course, something else you can do is add a humidifier to your bedroom, as a humidifier can help add moisture back into the air. Learn more by reading our article, How Using a Humidifier Can Benefit Your Skin.