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8 Ways to Take Your Skin Care Routine to the Next Level

Skin Care Essentials

8 Ways to Take Your Skin Care Routine to the Next Level 8 Ways to Take Your Skin Care Routine to the Next Level 8 Ways to Take Your Skin Care Routine to the Next Level

Are you a little bored with your skin care routine? We get it—you do the same steps of cleansing and moisturizing day in and day out with little variation. Well, it’s time to shake things—and we’re here to help you take your daily skin care routine to the next level! From trying popular trends (like double cleansing and multi-masking) to giving yourself an at-home spa experience using facial oil, prepare to start having a little more fun when it comes to taking care of your complexion.

1. Double Cleanse with Towelettes and Micellar Water

Sometimes, cleansing your skin once isn’t enough—so go ahead and do it twice! Double cleansing, a skin care trend that originated in Korea, involves using either a towelette or an oil-based cleanser to help remove makeup, dirt, and excess oils to start, then following up with a water-based cleanser to help remove any remaining impurities that were left on the surface of your skin.

Step 1: Wipe your face with a towelette, like the L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes, which gently cleanse and remove all makeup—including waterproof mascara. Plus, the ultra-soft towelettes won’t dry out your skin. To use, gently wipe your face and eye area with a towelette. Or, try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes, which are formulated with vitamin C and help to gently remove impurities and makeup. To use, gently wipe your face with a towelette to remove makeup and impurities.

Step 2: Follow up with micellar water, a gentle no-rinse cleansing option. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Oh, and did we mention that you don’t need to be anywhere near a sink? Just saturate a cotton pad with it and wipe the pad across your face. For eye makeup removal, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.

2. Try a Water-Based Moisturizer

When it comes to moisturizer, finding one that meets the needs of your specific skin type is key. If you have oily skin, you may find that a lightweight facial lotion is all you need, while if you have dry skin, you may find you need to use a heavier cream, for example. Is your regular moisturizer not cutting it anymore? Consider using a water-based one instead—pick from the three below from L'Oréal Paris, which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.

In normal and oily skin, external factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing a loss of moisture and an increase in oil production—which can leave your complexion looking overly shiny. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin helps reduce the look of excess shine and has a matte finish.

Normal and dry skin faces external factors like pollution and UV rays that can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. This can result in your complexion looking dull. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture to help it look more radiant.

Extra dry skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated and feeling tight and uncomfortable. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture to help it feel comfortable and soothed.

3. Use a Peel Pad Before Bed

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin repairs itself while you sleep, which is why nighttime is the right time to add specialty skin care products to your routine. One such product you should think about using? Peel pads! The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface dull, uneven skin tone. The multi-ply textured pads physically resurface dead skin cells as well. Your skin will look brighter immediately after use and more even with continued use over time. Simply smooth a pad gently over your face at night after cleansing. Just one note: Make sure you follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in the morning, since alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can make skin more sensitive to sunlight.

4. Help Correct Dark Spots

Daily UV exposure and age can result in dull, uneven skin tone and the appearance of discolorations like dark spots. Womp, womp. That’s where a dark spot corrector comes in! The L'Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector helps illuminate skin immediately and reduce the look of dark spots with continued use over time. Morning and night, apply it over your face after cleansing but before moisturizing. You can also cover up dark spots with a yellow color correcting concealer, which you can find in the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit. Use the yellow shade sparingly to disguise dark spots and follow up with a flesh-toned concealer and foundation.

5. Dab on an Eye Cream

How much time do you really dedicate to your eyes in your skin care routine? Now’s as good a time as any to take a few seconds to apply an eye cream, since the skin around your eyes deserves some extra attention. The L'Oréal Paris Eye Defense is a light, non-greasy gel-cream that’s specially formulated to defend against signs of premature aging around the eyes, like puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. Apply it in small dots around the eye area morning and night and smooth until absorbed.

6. Multi-Mask

Another skin care trend worth taking for a test drive? Multi-masking, which involves using different masks on different areas of your face at the same time. (Trust us, it’s as fun as it sounds!) Clay masks are a great option for multi-masking. Find out which one (or ones!) from L'Oréal Paris are right for you—and use your mask(s) of choice three times a week for best results.

Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dullness. Apply an even layer to clean skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off.

Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on your skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, and reduce the look of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off.

Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin day after day, leaving your skin feeling rough. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment Mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and exfoliate dead skin cells on skin’s surface. Apply an even layer to clean skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then gently massage the mask in circular motions with water to exfoliate and rinse off.

7. Massage Your Skin with Facial Oil

You know how relaxing it feels to get a facial at a spa? Seriously, there’s nothing better than having someone slather fancy-schmancy oils, creams, and masks on your face as you find your zen. But we know that getting yourself to the spa isn’t always possible. Still, you can recreate the setting at home by using a facial oil and giving yourself a little massage. The L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil is formulated for mature skin with eight essential oils. To use, apply 4-5 drops into the palm of your hand and dab the facial oil onto cleansed skin with your fingers. Smooth it from your nose to ears, eyebrows to hairline, and neck to jawline.

8. Always Protect Your Complexion from the Sun

Real talk: One of the biggest skin care no-nos you can commit is spending time in the sun without wearing sunscreen! When you do that, this can lead to damage, which can show up down the road as visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles. So, think about how you’d like your complexion to look as you get older. Reach for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapply it every two hours. Sunscreen should be the last step in your skin care routine, but you can also combine two steps by using a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen if you want to shorten your skin care routine. The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, which is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum sunscreen.