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Of course, you’ll want to put extra effort into your makeup during the holiday season. You can’t attend the photoshoot for your holiday cards or a family holiday event with a less than stellar makeup look, now can you? While we totally approve of focusing on finding the perfect mascara and highlighter to rock for every upcoming holiday festivity, we’re here to kindly point out that you shouldn’t forget about your skin. What’s beneath your makeup matters, too. And unfortunately, you may notice that the holidays can wreak havoc on your complexion. From dry skin to dark circles under the eyes—the holiday season isn’t always completely kind to your skin. That’s why we’re sharing a skin care routine that’ll help you survive the holidays—without compromising the appearance of your complexion. From facial cleansers to moisturizers to face masks (and more!), find out how to put a holiday skin care routine together below.
You’ve been cleansing all this time for a reason, and the holidays certainly aren’t the time to stop. If anything, this is an opportunity to step up your skin care game. How, you ask? Swap out your regular old facial cleanser for a clay facial cleanser this holiday season. Formulated with three pure clays, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser help remove everyday impurities, including dirt, oil, and pollution, from the surface of your skin.
Make sure you aren’t skipping this important step in your skin care routine. Even if you’re diligent about smoothing on primer before applying a full face of makeup, it’s still a good idea to use moisturizer first. Since the holidays are typically paired with increasingly chilly temperatures, you may want to switch to a different moisturizer, like 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. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, these moisturizers help provide long-lasting hydration.
Just because you’re freezing all the time doesn’t mean you should ditch your sun protection routine. Even if you’re not spending all your days at the beach, you should still apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as redirected—and you should reapply every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating!), limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. You can also try a moisturizer formulated with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
If dark circles and under-eye bags make their presence known this holiday season, consider adding an eye cream to your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream helps smooth the skin around your eyes and minimize the appearance of dark circles with continued use over time.
No matter how much joy you feel from giving and getting presents, if you’re being honest with yourself, you can probably admit that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Take deep breaths and remind yourself it’ll be over soon enough. In the meantime, treat yourself to a relaxing face mask session to take your mind off all you have left on your holiday to-do list…for a few minutes, anyway.
To help draw out the buildup of impurities from the surface of your skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask. Apply an even layer of your face mask of choice to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.
Have mature skin? Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask, which has a gelee texture for a cool, refreshing finish and helps slough away dull, dead skin cells from the surface of skin. Apply the face mask to clean skin, leave it on for five minutes, then gently massage the face mask into your skin using light, circular motions to help exfoliate. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. If you’re using this face mask in the morning, follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer. If you’re using this face mask at night, follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream.
Whether you’re getting home later than usual from endless ugly holiday sweater parties or simply feeling way too tired from wrapping presents while over-indulging in egg nog—there’s no excuse to skip taking off your makeup at the end of the night. After all, the last thing you need before the big office holiday party is to break out, right? To make it as easy as it can possibly be, go ahead and keep a pack of makeup remover wipes, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes, on your nightstand. Close proximity translates to convenience! Right before you slip between the sheets, you can gently wipe off your makeup, no rinsing required. Then you’re free to catch some shut-eye.
Want to start preparing your skin care routine for once the holidays have passed? Let us suggest Our Foolproof Skin Care Routine for All Skin Types.