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A Boot-Camp Inspired Skin Care Routine

Skin Care Essentials

A Boot-Camp Inspired Skin Care Routine A Boot-Camp Inspired Skin Care Routine A Boot-Camp Inspired Skin Care Routine

Now that winter’s over (finally!) and summer is only a few short months away, 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 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 cleanser or towelette first, then following up with a water-based 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: Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes, which are formulated with vitamin C to help remove impurities (even eye makeup). Another option: the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes, which gently cleanse and remove all makeup—even waterproof mascara.

Step 2: Not near a sink? Use a micellar water, a 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.

If you do have access to a sink, you can use a foaming cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Foaming Gel Cleanser, if you’d like. It lifts dirt and impurities without drying out the skin.

Step 3: 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 water to help provide long-lasting hydration.

2. Get Your Peel on 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 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.

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. Massage in a Facial Oil

You know how when you go to the spa for a facial, the esthetician massages the skin care products into your skin—it feels great, doesn’t it? Treat your complexion like that right in the comfort of your own home using a facial oil. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil for mature skin is formulated with eight essential oils to help replenish skin and restore your glow. Every morning and evening, apply 4-5 drops onto the palm of your hand. With a finger, dab the facial oil in small dots onto cleansed skin. Smooth it on your face slowly and deeply, using the whole surface of your hands. Smooth it from your nose to ears, eyebrows to hairline, and neck to jawline.

5. Cover Your Complexion in a Clay 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 clay mask. If you have combination skin, you may want to give multi-masking a chance. Multi-masking entails applying different 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 rough. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment 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.

Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils build up on the skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Mattify & Purify Treatment 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.

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 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.

For each mask, apply an even layer to clean skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Use your mask of choice three times a week for best results.

6. Take Sun Protection Very, Very Seriously

We know, it might be drizzly during spring, but that doesn’t mean you should skip out on the sunscreen. 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 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 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 Lotion 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 4 p.m.), wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, and seek shade, especially during the sun’s peak hours.

7. Fake a Faux Glow

Just because tanning is a skin care no-no doesn’t mean you a golden glow is totally out of reach. You’ve just got to use a self-tanner instead. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes are a convenient and safe way to get your tan on. Available in medium natural tan, these single-use towelettes go on smoothly and provide the perfect amount of color in each wipe. Because they’re individually wrapped, they also make a great travel accessory. Follow the instructions below to use one yourself.

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Slough away dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin to help ensure your self-tanner goes on smoothly. Use a gentle body scrub in circular motions while you’re in the shower.

Step 2: Moisturize. Once you’re out of the tub, apply a body lotion while skin is still damp. Pay particular attention to areas that tend to be the driest, like your ankles, knees, and elbows.

Step 3: Open a towelette. Smooth it over entire body—just be sure to use it sparingly around high-absoprtion areas like your knees, elbows, and feet. They can soak up more color—and chances are, you don’t want them to end up looking darker than the rest of your body.

Step 4: Wash your hands thoroughly. Clean off any excess self-tanner so that your hands don’t end up darker than the rest of your body, either.

Step 5: Allow your self-tanner to dry fully. Be patient! Don’t get dressed until you’re completely dry. When you do put clothes on, reach for dark, loose items to help ensure your color won’t rub off or stain.

Use the towelettes daily until you reach your desired level of tan—then apply one once a week to maintain the color.