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Hello, summer! After months spent bundled up in hats, scarves, and turtlenecks, we’re so happy the warmer weather has finally arrived. With the rise in temperatures comes a whole lot of wardrobe changes—yep, it’s time to dust off your flip flops, tank tops, and flowy dresses. And you may want to think about making a few changes to your skin care routine as well. Just as you won’t need to wear a heavy sweater under your down jacket in the summer, you may not need to use a rich, thick moisturizer to help keep your skin feeling hydrated during the warmer months, either. Here, learn about six skin care products that should be on your radar for summer 2017 along with how to use them.
Cleansing your complexion should be the first step in your skin care routine. This summer, why not switch things up by trying a super-cool kind of cleanser? We’re talking about clay cleansers! The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Cleansers are clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that help leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by three different clays. They’re formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities (think: dirt, oil, and pollution) without over-drying.
The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser formula is enhanced with red algae and suitable for oily and combination skin; the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Pure and Mattify Cleanser formula is enhanced with eucalyptus and suitable for all skin types; and the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten Cleanser formula is enhanced with charcoal and suitable for all skin types.
To use your L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Cleanser, squeeze the product into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face using circular motions, avoiding your eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Spending all day outside in the summer heat can be exhausting. Not to mention, impurities can build up on the surface of your skin leaving your complexion looking overly shiny or even dull. So, treat yourself to an at-home spa day—in the AC—by using a clay mask. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Masks are formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava). Feel free to multi-mask by applying a few of the following masks to different areas of your face at the same time.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Clear & Comfort Treatment Mask: Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin feeling uncomfortable. (Ouch!) As a result, skin needs cleaning that is effective yet gentle. The clay mask formula, which is enhanced with seaweed, can help to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, visibly reduce the appearance of imperfections, clear the look of congested pores, and gently cleanse stressed areas. Use two times a week for best results.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask: Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull. The formula, enhanced with charcoal, can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin. Use three times a week for best results.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask: Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. Its formula, enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract, can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Use three times a week for best results.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment Mask: Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin day after day, leaving your complexion feeling rough. Its formula, enhanced with red algae, can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, and smooth the look of imperfections. Use three times a week for best results.
For each mask, apply an even layer to clean dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off.
Have a few summer vacations planned? Pack travel-friendly skin care products—such as micellar water—with you. Micellar water is 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. Since there’s no rinsing required, you can toss micellar water in your purse and cleanse on the go. Use it before a flight to help refresh your complexion, after a workout to wipe away excess oil and sweat, before bed to remove makeup, or any other time you feel the need. Just remember to also pack some cotton rounds in your bag as well!
The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies; the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes; and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with your L’Oréal Paris micellar water of choice and wipe the pad across your face.
Like we said earlier, you may not feel the need to use quite as rich a moisturizer in the summer as you did in the winter. That being said, skin hydration is important—so you shouldn’t skip out on this step in your routine. This time of year, consider using a water-based moisturizer. Find your match below from the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius line. Each of these moisturizers is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
If you have normal to oily skin…external factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin has a matte finish and helps reduce the appearance of excess shine for a fresh look.
If you have normal to dry skin…your skin faces external factors like pollution and UV rays that can damage 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-looking. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture, helping it to look more radiant.
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 envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.
Every morning and night after cleansing, gently smooth your water-based moisturizer over your face.
It’s time to get serious about sun protection—if you haven’t already. While taking sun protection measures is important year-round, chances are you may be most diligent with your routine during the summer when it’s sunny outside and you’re spending more time outdoors.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are a few sun protection measures you should take. For starters, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Rushed for time? Try a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen—like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30—to cut back on the number of steps in your skin care routine. Toss the bottle in your tote so that you can reapply on the go. The FDA recommends reapplying at least every two hours—and immediately after swimming or sweating.
In addition to that, you should limit your time in the sun, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You should also cover up exposed areas when you’re outdoors. That means wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Why not use this a reason to go shopping for some super-cute new summer accessories? We’re all for that!
Ah, summer. While we love that we get to spend more time outside, all that heat can cause your makeup to start melting by midday. Do you really want to have to lug your entire makeup bag with you to touch things up throughout the day? We thought not!
So, what can you do? We’ve got you covered. Use a makeup setting spray—like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray—this season to help ensure your look stays in place. Shake the can well, then hold it 8-10 inches away from your face, close your eyes, and spray it four to six times in an X an T motion.
Now go on and enjoy the sunshine—you deserve to!