It’s not news that winter and dull skin go hand-in-hand. While you may be taking extra precautions to keep your complexion from losing its shine, we know one skin care product that can do the work for you. We’re talking all about the wonders of illuminating moisturizer. This essential comes in handy to provide your face with radiance and lasting hydration—something that any winter skin care routine could use. If you’re ready to put brightening moisturizer to the test, we’re here to assist. Ahead, we’re giving you the full scoop on our best illuminating moisturizer and how to use it in your routine.
WHAT IS ILLUMINATING MOISTURIZER?
Illuminating moisturizer is a beauty product that offers the best of both worlds. It's formulated to give your visage the ultimate level of hydration with the added bonus of luminosity. By working to brighten your skin, it can also upgrade your makeup game and even allow you to use less product for the same purpose. Typically, it can be found in cream and gel formulas. You can also find some multi-tasking picks, such as primers and highlighters, that bridge the gap between skin care and makeup.
ILLUMINATING MOISTURIZER VS. TRADITIONAL MOISTURIZER: WHICH SHOULD YOU PICK?
There’s no debate that moisturizer is a necessity for dull winter skin. However, you may find yourself debating on whether illuminating moisturizers or traditional formulas are best for your winter routine. This really comes down to your skin’s needs.
If your complexion isn’t dull or overly dry, a regular moisturizer that doesn’t up your glow factor will do the job. For skin that’s lacking luminosity, you can’t beat a brightening moisturizer.
OUR BEST ILLUMINATING MOISTURIZER
Now that you know all about the wonders of brightening moisturizer, you’re probably ready to get your hands on this offering fast. Without further ado, let us introduce you to the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Fragrance Free Face Moisturizer. This rich, non-greasy day cream is formulated with imperial peony to gently exfoliate dull skin and stimulate surface cell renewal every day, reviving skin’s natural pink tone. We love that it’s infused with rosy pigments to create the appearance of a youthful-looking complexion. Plus, it’s fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.
HOW TO USE OUR BEST ILLUMINATING MOISTURIZER IN YOUR ROUTINE
If you’re ready to transform your dull winter skin into a radiant-looking complexion, we're here to show you the way. Follow our step-by-step routine below to get the ball rolling.
STEP #1: CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
As with any skin care routine, it’s always smart to kick things off with a round of cleansing. This will help get rid of dirt, oil, and debris from the surface of your face. Since the goal is to refresh dull skin, it’s best to use a gentle cleanser to do the job without the harsh feel. This is where the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser comes into play. It’s formulated with three pure-clays and charcoal that removes everyday impurities without over-drying it.
Squeeze the facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Massage the cleanser onto your face in circular motions, making sure to avoid your eye area. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. Immediately, after use, dull skin appears more radiant and luminous.
STEP #2: EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE
Once your cleansing session is complete, it’s time to focus on exfoliation. This crucial step helps to slough away dead skin cells from the surface of your face that can contribute to the look of a dull complexion. Give it a go with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub. This face scrub provides your skin with a deep and gentle exfoliation for a healthy glow. Use wet fingers to smooth a small amount onto clean, dry skin—making sure to avoid your eye area. Gently massage the face scrub over your visage. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Keep in mind, you’ll need to exfoliate with caution to prevent any adverse effects. Some people can only handle exfoliating once a week, while others can exfoliate a few times per week. Pay attention to see what’s right for you.
STEP #3: LAYER ON FACE SERUM
While illuminating moisturizer may be your go-to for instant hydration, you’d be surprised to see what the right face serum can bring to the table. Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that are designed to tackle various skin care concerns. Since addressing dullness is a top priority, try your hand at the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum. This pick helps to stimulate skin cell renewal and revive the appearance of a dull, tired-looking complexion. Instantly, your face will feel smoother and softer. Over time, your visage will sport a firmer and visibly re-plumped look.
STEP #4: SMOOTH ON YOUR ILLUMINATING MOISTURIZER
Last but certainly not least, it’s time to bring your illuminating moisturizer into the mix. Every morning, smooth the product onto your face and neck until it's absorbed. And there you go, beautiful, bright skin.
Next up: As you can see, the key to keeping your winter skin in tip-top shape is to show your visage extra TLC. Check out our article, 5 Must-Know Winter Skin Care Tips, to keep the momentum going.
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