Whether you’re obsessed with all things skin care or are new to the beauty game, the primary goal for most of us is beautiful skin. After all, nothing boosts your confidence like radiant, healthy-looking skin. While you may think that curating a face-care routine is the secret to a flawless visage, there are a few more things you need to learn. Following a strict beauty routine is not the be-all and end-all on how to get beautiful skin. Luckily, we’re here to steer you in the right direction. No matter what skin type you’re working with or how busy your schedule is, you can achieve the gorgeous complexion you desire. Keep reading for 13 tips to bring your beautiful skin dreams to life.
1. CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
One of the easiest ways to start your journey to gorgeous skin is by cleansing. Since your skin is exposed to dirt, oil, and debris on an everyday basis, it’s best to remove those impurities regularly, morning and night. Most importantly, you need to choose the right cleanser to give your skin the TLC that it needs. With that in mind, we like to use micellar water, which is formulated with micelle molecules that cluster together to lift impurities away from the skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types. This option comes in handy to remove makeup—including waterproof formulas—dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin for an ultra-clean and hydrated finish.
Dead skin cells are the ultimate no-no if you want to flaunt beautiful skin. While you may think that certain skin types should avoid exfoliation, truth be told, all skin types can benefit from it—the key is to use the right product and not overdo it. While your skin may not be able to handle daily exfoliation, that doesn’t mean you can do without it altogether.
As for the product you should exfoliate with, consider using a face scrub from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line, all of which are made with a blend of three pure sugars. Pick your potion from the four options below.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub: For days when your skin is looking tired and lifeless, this face scrub will wake your skin up. It’s formulated with coffee grounds and will instantly brighten your complexion and reduce signs of fatigue.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: If your skin needs a little extra TLC, this scrub is your perfect match. The scrub contains cocoa butter and coconut oil and provides deep, yet gentle exfoliation.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: Help keep dull skin at bay with this ultra-soft facial scrub. This offering melts onto skin to give your visage a baby-soft feel and luminous glow.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: This sugar scrub is formulated with kiwi seeds. It polishes away dead skin cells and unclogs your pores for a balanced finish.
3. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Right after you give your skin a thorough cleanse, it’s always best to follow up with moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in hydration. We like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Line, which comes in handy to deliver lightweight hydration that goes the distance. Choose from the following facial moisturizers to complement your skin type.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin: Daily exposure to dirt, oil, and debris can do a number on your skin’s moisture barrier. Keep your skin in line with this water-based moisturizer. It’s formulated to glide seamlessly onto the skin for effortless hydration. Your skin will be left with a refreshed, healthy-looking glow.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin: In normal and oily skin types, environmental elements can cause the skin to lose moisture and increase oil production. Stay ahead of the game with this water-based moisturizer that mattifies and provides continuous hydration for balanced skin.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin: Dry skin already has a fragile moisture barrier, so you need a little extra moisture to keep your skin in tip-top shape. This water-based moisturizer envelops the skin with moisture for instant comfort.
4. PAMPER YOUR SKIN
Masking makes a solid addition to self-care Sundays and any other time you need some R&R. Face masks can also improve your overall complexion and can be used to enhance your skin care routine. Whether you’re working with dry, oily, normal, or combination skin, there is an offering that can help your complexion.
5. ADDRESS YOUR EYE AREA
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have mature skin to utilize an eye cream. Eye creams are great for tackling a multitude of skin care concerns, such as puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles, among others. We like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Eye Gel, which is made with a cooling formula featuring manuka honey extract and nurturing oils and will give your eyes a brighter, more radiant look.
6. USE ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS
Speaking of mature skin, it’s never too early to start using anti-aging products. And if you want to keep your skin looking beautiful, it would be smart to revamp your skin care routine a bit. You can start by adding the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica to your routine. This moisturizer is formulated with Pro-Retinol and centella asiatica and helps tackle signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
7. REACH FOR A FACIAL SERUM
If you find that your skin could use just a bit more moisture, feel free to reach for a face serum. A facial serum can provide your skin with instant moisture, as well as firm, plump, and even your skin tone. We love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, which is formulated with aloe and glycolic acid. Beyond moisture, the serum also works to visibly reduce signs of aging and the appearance of dark spots for youthful-looking skin you’ll love.
8. KEEP DIET IN MIND
While a solid skin care routine is the foundation for beautiful skin, your diet also comes into play. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a healthy diet can contribute to beautiful, glowing skin. Yet another reason to stick with a balanced diet!
9. REMOVE MAKEUP AT NIGHT
Catching Z’s with your makeup still intact can wreak havoc on your skin. See, your makeup can mix with dirt and oils on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores that cause breakouts to occur. Be sure to completely remove all of your makeup from your skin before you hit the hay to keep your skin blemish-free.
10. ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN
Sun protection is an absolute must! Spending prolonged periods of time in the sun sans proper protection can damage your skin and lead to visible signs of aging down the road. That’s why wearing SPF, whether that’s a broad-spectrum sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, is critical for keeping your skin looking radiant and beautiful.
11. SWITCH OUT YOUR PILLOWCASES
It’s not uncommon to follow a strict skin care routine and still see a blemish or two pop up. One of the main reasons why your skin may still be experiencing breakouts is your pillowcases. Your pillowcase can house a buildup of dirt, oils, and bacteria that can lead to acne. Instead of switching your pillowcase every time you do laundry, the AAD recommends changing them twice a week.
12. GET BEAUTY SLEEP
They don’t call it beauty sleep for no reason. We understand having a busy lifestyle, but it’s crucial to take some time and get rest so you can recharge. It’s beneficial to your overall health and your skin. The AAD shares that sleep gives your body time to refresh and renew itself. If you’re constantly pulling all-nighters and only settling for a few hours a night, your skin can pay the price. So, rest up!
13. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES & TOOLS
We can’t say this enough: Clean your makeup brushes! Dirty makeup brushes can easily turn your beautiful skin into a blemish zone. Per the AAD, makeup brushes collect dirt and oil and are a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause acne breakouts and rashes. They share that it’s best to clean your makeup brushes every seven to 10 days to protect your skin.
Next up: Now that you know more about how to get your most beautiful skin, we have to tell you—there’s still more you can do. If you’re ready to keep going, consider upgrading your shower routine next. Check out our article, How To Shower For Beautiful Skin, for everything you need to know.