When your weekdays are jam-packed with activities and you’re running from one thing to the next, you’re probably not going to have the energy to work your way through a lengthy skin care routine. But that doesn’t mean you should skip out on taking care of your complexion altogether. No, that just won’t do—there are some habits like cleansing and moisturizing that truly are important when it comes to how your skin looks and feels.
But if you’re someone who’s always on the go, consider paring down your skin care steps to just the basics—that means removing your makeup and gently cleansing your face with micellar water, exfoliating with a peel pad, and moisturizing with a lightweight, water-based moisturizer.
Bonus: You can keep all these products on your nightstand, so even if you’re too tired to head to the bathroom sink, you can still reach for them before bed. Easy does it! Below, the busy girl’s guide to nighttime skin care routine.
Step 1: Cleanse + Remove Makeup
No matter how tired you are at the end of the day, it’s always a good idea to take off your foundation, concealer, mascara, and whatever other makeup you’re wearing. That’s because when you snooze in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil that’s built up on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Uhh…who wants that? Try using a micellar water to gently cleanse your skin and help remove your makeup. Have oily skin? The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies. Have dry skin? The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes. The best part about using micellar water is that it doesn’t require any rinsing. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with some and wipe it across your face. Yep, it’s that easy!
Step 2: Exfoliate
Next up: A quick and easy way to exfoliate! The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface a dull, uneven skin tone. Plus, the pads have a multi-ply texture that can help to physically resurface dead skin cells. The result: Your complexion can look brighter and your tone will look more even with continued use over time. All you have to do is smooth a pad gently over your face after cleansing. (Just one quick note: Using an alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to slather on a broad-spectrum SPF of 15 or higher in the morning as the last step in your routine.)
Step 3: Moisturize
Drumroll please…and you’ve made it to the final step in your nighttime skin care routine! Before you hit the hay, slather on a moisturizer designed for your skin type. When it comes to beautiful-looking skin, moisturizer is key. One option worth considering: Look for a lightweight, water-based moisturizer. And yes—it’s a good idea to use moisturizer even if you have oily skin!
The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care line is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration. If you have oily skin, try the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which can leave skin with a fresh, mattified look. If you have dry skin, try the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, which can leave skin looking more luminous. And if you have extra dry skin, try the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, which can provide comfort.
See, that wasn’t so difficult, now was it? If you’re a busy girl-on-the-go, stock up on essential, easy-to-use products and keep them somewhere you can always reach for them to make your nighttime skin care routine as easy to follow as possible.