This season may be one of your favorites, but you may not be able to say the same of your skin. While holiday parties, Valentine’s Day dates, and frolicking through snow-covered streets are great, the cold air outside and dry air indoors can wreak havoc on your skin. It’s common to experience dry skin, flakiness, dullness, and even an uneven skin tone during these cold months. And while a cup of hot cocoa may warm your spirits, it won’t solve your seasonal skin care concerns. If you want to have radiant, nourished skin this winter, it is possible. Simply keep the below skin care routine tips and skin care product recommends in mind.
Winter Skin Care Tip #1: Use a Gentle Facial Cleanser
The only way to rid your skin of dirt, impurities, and environmental assaults that can cause dryness and dullness is to cleanse it daily. Pick a gentle facial cleanser like micellar water or a creamy cleansing formula and use it in the morning and at night. Micellar water can be a great skin cleansing option for the winter season. It is a cleansing formula that has hydrating properties, so you can achieve fresh, clean skin without drying it out. Bonus: You can also use it as a makeup remover, too. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Winter Skin Care Tip #2: Moisturize and Protect Your Skin
Your winter dry skin most definitely needs moisture, but it needs protection, too. Try to find a day cream that not only provides your skin with long-lasting hydration but protection from the elements such as the sun. Remember, trading in swimsuits for sweaters doesn’t mean your face is any more or less protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Continue to shield your skin with a moisturizer that is formulated with SPF broad-spectrum protection, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, every day. And, for another element of protection, limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Winter Skin Care Tip #3: Exfoliate for Smooth, Even-Looking Skin
Your skin can take on a dull, lackluster appearance this season, as your summertime glow continues to fade. This may be due in part because of excess dryness, which can also be related to dead skin cell buildup. Dead skin cells that are piling up on your skin’s surface need to be buffed away to allow the light to shine through. Try making exfoliation a regular part of your skin care routine. Typically, exfoliating two to three times a week can do the trick. Get the job done with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub. Apply the face scrub to dry skin with dry fingers, then gently massage it in with wet hands. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Winter Skin Care Tip #4: Apply a Face Mask—or Two, or Three—to Address Your Concerns
Multi-masking, applying different face masks to unique zones of your skin, allows you to address multiple skin care concerns at one time. If winter dry skin isn’t your only woe this season—perhaps you have an oily T-zone—look to multiple face masks to help. So for instance, if you experience congested, clogged pores on your nose reach for a purifying clay mask and for dry, dehydrated cheeks apply an illuminating, hydrating face mask formula. Rinse your face masks away with tepid, lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Then follow up any face mask or masks with your usual hydrating skin care products, like your serum and day or night cream. You can multi-mask with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask.
Winter Skin Care Tip #5: Avoid Hot Water Temperatures
When water is too warm, it can strip your skin of natural oils it needs to maintain proper moisture levels, not to mention leave your skin feeling tight and raw. To best tend to your skin this season—and really all year-round—take showers and cleanse your skin with tepid, lukewarm water. If you’ve been taking long, hot showers to warm up you may be making other shower mistakes, too. Here are 5 Ways to Improve Your Shower Routine.
Winter Skin Care Tip #6: Remove Your Makeup with Micellar Water
Sleeping in your makeup is a major skin care no-no, as the makeup can mix with the dirt and oil on your face, leading to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Always make sure to clean off every last trace of makeup from your skin before you go to bed. Look for a hydrating makeup removal formula, like micellar water, a non-drying toner, or a nourishing facial wipe formula to ensure you remove stubborn makeup residue completely without over-drying your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types.
Winter Skin Care Tip #7: Apply an Overnight Face Mask
Ramp up your skin’s recuperating process at night by applying an overnight face mask before bed. A hydrating leave-on face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask, can provide your skin the extra moisture it craves this winter season. After cleansing and applying your serum and eye cream apply a hydrating face mask like you would your regular night cream. You may want to use it a few times a week to help surge your skin with the moisture it’s missing thanks to the cold, dry air around you.
You can have beautiful skin throughout the winter season—it may just take a few skin care routine updates, with steps that can help address your top skin care concerns of the season. Trade in foaming facial cleansers and lightweight moisturizers for nourishing, creamy skin care products to provide your skin extra moisture. And, consider trying new skin care products like face masks and micellar water that can give your winter dry skin a boost of radiance. For your next winter skin care lesson, head on over to Help Shed Your Winter Skin with These Face Scrubs.
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