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There’s a very good chance you know that moisturizing twice daily is important (we’ve told you so time and time again, after all!). But this crucial skin care step goes beyond just slathering any ol’ lotion onto your face and hoping for the best. It’s all about finding a moisturizer that’s formulated for your specific skin type and applying it strategically in order to help keep your skin—from head to toe—hydrated. Follow the below dos and don’ts to upgrade your moisturizing game. Here’s to happier, hydrated skin in your future!
Whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, aging, or combination skin, moisturizing should be part of your daily beauty regimen. To milk the most out of your moisturizer, look for one that’s formulated for your skin type and needs. For example, if you have dry skin, you may find you need a heavier cream, but if you have oily skin, a lightweight lotion could be a better option for your complexion. Here are three water-based moisturizers from L’Oréal Paris that are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
If you have 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. As a result, your complexion can become 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.
If you have dry skin…your skin faces external factors like pollution and UV rays that can damage your skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin surface loses its natural glow, becoming dull. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture, improving skin’s radiance.
If you have extra dry skin…your 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, feeling tight and uncomfortable. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin helps skin feel comfortable, soothed, and nourished with moisture.
Believe us, we know how relaxing it can feel to spend time in a toasty shower. But while this might soothe your mind after a long day, it’s not so great for your skin. Super-hot H2O can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving you feeling dry. So, the next time you shower, turn down the dial and opt for washing off in lukewarm water instead.
When you’re done washing your face, don’t towel off completely. That’s because applying moisturizer to damp skin can help lock in hydration. The same thing goes for the rest of your body—apply lotion to damp skin after showering.
Oftentimes, people think moisturizer should only be applied to the face. Stop right there! You want to moisturize your neck and chest, too, so don’t skimp out! You can extend your face cream past your jawline—or you can look for one that’s formulated especially for the face, neck, and chest.
As skin matures, one of the biggest changes is the loss of moisture, nutrients, and natural oils. Its ability to retain moisture decreases, leaving your face, neck, and chest very dry and thinning. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition – Golden Balm Face, Neck & Chest is a rich, luxurious balm that intensely moisturizes to nourish and strengthen mature skin. It’s enriched with calcium and 10 precious oils to help provide long-lasting hydration and comfort. Apply onto cleansed skin morning and night. Rub the formula between your fingers, then smooth it gently on your face in an upward and outward motion and smooth it from your neck to jawline, then upper chest until absorbed.
Sunscreen should be the last step in your morning skin care routine, no matter what the weather looks like outside. That’s because you can get burned even on cloudy days. What’s more, spending prolonged periods of time in the sun without protection can lead to visible signs of aging, like dark spots and wrinkles. Of course, sometimes you just don’t have the time to layer a sunscreen over your moisturizer. In that case, look for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen (this kind of sunscreen helps protect against both UVA and UVB rays). The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to help brighten the look of your skin, as well as broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 to help protect against UV rays.
Unless you live in a place that has 24 hours of sunlight a day, you don’t need to slather on the sunscreen before bed. That being said, you may want to consider using a night cream, since, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin repairs itself while you sleep.
The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream can instantly make skin feel nourished and supple, while skin will appear renewed and feel firmer with continued use over time. Before bed, smooth it over cleansed skin in circular motions until thoroughly absorbed.
How does your skin feel after using a product—especially one formulated with fragrance, alcohol, or soap? Although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly, you could have sensitive skin. In that case, you may want to steer clear of ingredients like these to help avoid irritation. Make sure to pay attention to how your skin responds so that you can find the right moisturizer for you.
Think there’s no such thing as too much moisturizer? Wrong! Follow the directions on your moisturizer’s packaging to see how much you should apply. Typically, you’ll only need a coin-sized amount to cover your face.
You don’t need to wear heavy sweaters and boots in the summer—so why would you use a heavy cream to moisturize your skin when it’s hot and humid outside? While the low moisture in the air during winter means you could find using a thicker moisturizer beneficial, you may find you can get away with using a lightweight lotion in the spring and summer months. Your best bet is to keep an eye on your skin as the seasons change so that you can care for it accordingly.
Yep, you can even use a facial oil if you have oily skin! It’s all about finding one that’s formulated for your skin type and concerns.
If you have dull, dry skin…As women mature, their skin is gradually depleted of essential nutrients and oils. Skin becomes dry and dull and loses its glow. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil for mature skin is formulated with a unique blend of eight essential oils to help replenish skin. Instantly, skin will feel nourished and hydrated, while your glow will be restored with continued use over time.
If you have oily or combination skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil Light, which is formulated with a purifying blend of eight essential oils, including lemongrass, chamomile, argan, and clove oils. It has a weightless finish that leaves skin looking vibrant and dewy, not greasy.
With either facial oil, apply 4-5 drops onto the palm of your hand morning and night. With a finger, dab the facial oil of your choice in small dots onto cleansed skin. Smooth it on your face slowly and deeply, using the whole surface of your hands.
Moisturizing morning and night is key for happy, hydrated skin. Of course, we all slip up from time to time—no one’s perfect! But try to stick with your skin care routine. That means cleansing and following up with moisturizer both in the morning when you wake up and at night before you hit the hay. There’s just something about hydrated skin that looks pretty and glow-y, right?
Show your body the same love you show your complexion! Keep a body lotion handy so that you can apply it to damp skin after showering, paying particular attention to areas that tend to be drier, like your knees and elbows. Stash a hand cream in your purse—after all, all that hand-washing can leave your hands feeling dry. And last but not least, keep your lips moisturized by applying a hydrating lip balm whenever needed throughout the day.
And there you have it! Keep these moisturizer dos and don’ts in mind as you go through your skin care routine.