Now that summer is officially here, many of us are kicking our fitness routines into high gear by hitting the gym more often. From indoor cycling classes to cardio dance workouts, you have plenty of choices if you’re looking to shape up for the summer. Now let’s apply the same strategy to your skin care routine! Ready to get your skin in tip-top condition come summertime? Make the following changes—including using the following facial cleansers, moisturizers, face masks, and face scrubs—to take your beauty regimen up a notch.
1. DOUBLE CLEANSE FOR DOUBLE THE SKIN CARE FUN
Why just cleanse your complexion once when you could it twice? Double cleansing, a popular skin care trend that originated in Korea, involves using an oil-based facial cleanser or towelette first, then following up with a water-based facial cleanser. The first part of your cleansing routine will remove makeup, dirt, and excess oils, while the second part will help remove any remaining impurities from the surface of your skin.
Step 1: Use micellar water
This no-rinse cleansing option that is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. To use, saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe it across your face. Wearing eye makeup? Hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.
Step 2: Follow it up with a clay facial cleanser
The first step of your skin care routine works to get the majority of the debris off the surface of your skin, but when it comes to diving deep into pores to really clear away blemish-causing bacteria, it’s best to rely on a traditional lather-and-rinse formula. We love the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser to purify and mattify oily skin, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Cleanser to buff away build-up and improve skin tone, and the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser to deeply cleanse skin while instilling it with a brighter appearance.
Step 3: Lock in your cleanse with hydration
Double cleansing doesn’t end after you’re done cleansing. It’s important to apply a moisturizer afterwards to help keep your skin hydrated. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
2. EXFOLIATE BEFORE BED
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin repairs itself at night, which is why using skin care products is a great idea before you hit the hay. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads certainly fit the bill. The peel pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface dull, uneven skin tone and reduce the visibility of uneven skin tone and wrinkles. And the multi-ply texture pads physically resurface dead skin cells. You’ll notice your skin looks brighter immediately, while skin tone will look more even and wrinkles will appear smoother with continued use over time. After cleansing, smooth a pad gently over your skin. In the morning, be make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen since alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can make skin more sensitive to sunlight.
More of a face scrub fan for exfoliation? Be sure to check out the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub. All of these face scrubs are formulated with three types of sugar and one unique ingredient to gently, yet effectively, exfoliate skin while catering to a variety of complexion concerns.
3. SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB IN THE SHOWER
It’s not just your face that needs attention. If you’ve been neglecting the rest of your body, it’s time to show it some attention, too—especially if you’re planning on showing it off in a swimsuit this summer! So, once a week, reach for a gentle body scrub to help exfoliate dead skin cells from skin’s surface. When you’re done bathing, slather on a body lotion to damp skin to help lock in hydration. That means you shouldn’t towel off right away!
4. COVER YOUR COMPLEXION IN A FACE MASK
Skin looking a little lackluster after being cooped up in indoor heat and exposed to frigid air this winter? Refresh your complexion by using a face mask. If you have combination skin, you may want to give multi-masking a chance. Multi-masking entails applying different face masks to different parts of your face—at the same time. Try any of the following below!
Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling everything from rough and dull, to overwhelmed with oil as a result of the build-up. Now worries though, with the right clay face masks, you’ll be able to cater to all of your complexion concerns. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and enhanced with red algae extract to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth the look of imperfections, and allow skin to breathe. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Mattify & Purify Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and infused with eucalyptus leaf extract to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and infused with charcoal to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the look of dull skin, and even out skin tone. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and infused with yuzu lemon extract to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and resurface skin for a super-smooth finish. The L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and infused with seaweed to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and calm stressed skin.
For each face mask, apply an even layer to clean skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use your face mask (or face masks!) of choice 2-3 times a week for best results.
5. TAKE SUN PROTECTION VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY
Start practicing good sun care habits now. Spending prolonged periods of time in the sun without protection can lead to visible signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles down the road. Not to mention, you can also get burned—even on cloudy days. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help protect against both UVA rays (the ones that cause damage) and UVB rays (the ones that burn).
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be the last step in your skin care routine, after cleansing and moisturizing. That being said, you can also use a moisturizer formulated with SPF if you’d like. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to help brighten the look of your complexion and protect against UV rays. Apply it 15 minutes before going outside—and reapply it every two hours.
In addition to wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, there are other steps you can take to help protect your skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should avoid the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, and seek shade, especially during the sun’s peak hours.
Now that you know how to kick your routine into gear, maybe you’d like to learn the best ways to care for your skin after kicking your body into high gear at the gym. Our article, The Super Simple Post-Gym Beauty Routine, will show you the ropes.