Your first instinct might be to get some beauty sleep after celebrating New Year’s Eve, but there is one thing you should do before calling it a night— work your way through a post-New Year’s Eve skin care routine. As you know by now, going to sleep with your makeup still intact can take a toll on your skin. Not fun. Thankfully, your post-New Year’s Eve skin care regimen doesn’t have to be complicated. It takes just five steps—including removing your makeup, double cleansing, and using a facial moisturizer—to get your skin in shape. Ahead, we’re sharing a step-by-step New Year’s skin care routine to keep your complexion in order.
YOUR POST-NEW YEAR’S EVE SKIN CARE ROUTINE
If you’re planning on attending a virtual get-together or spending time with your family this New Year’s Eve, chances are you’ll also be wearing makeup. Whether you choose a natural makeup look or full glam option, you will definitely want to wash it off entirely before you head to sleep. When you fall asleep with your makeup on, it can mix with the dirt and oils that have built up on the skin’s surface and lead to clogged pores. In turn, this will cause blemishes to emerge. That’s why the main focus of your post-New Year’s Eve skin care routine should be removing your makeup before bed. Below, find a step-by-step routine to help you care for your skin.
STEP #1: REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP WITH MICELLAR WATER
One of the easiest ways to remove makeup is by using a no-rinse facial cleanser option, like micellar water. This French-favorite cleanser consists of tiny oil molecules that act like a magnet to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin. This allows you to hydrate and purify your skin all in one step. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Waterproof Cleanser - All Skin Types. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe it across your face for a clean slate. To remove eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then gently wipe to remove.
STEP #2: DOUBLE CLEANSE TO REMOVE LEFTOVER IMPURITIES
Sometimes, one cleansing session is not enough to remove all the impurities from your skin. It’s possible to have leftover makeup or debris on your skin, so you’ll want to take an extra step to clean the surface of your complexion. This is where the double cleansing trend comes in. As the name suggests, it’s all about cleansing your skin twice—once with a no-rinse cleanser and a rinse-off offering. Since micellar water counts as your first cleansing step, follow up with a gentle clay cleanser such as the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser. Each pick is formulated with three pure clays to remove impurities from the skin’s surface without over drying your complexion.
Squeeze a small amount of your facial cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage it onto your face in circular motions, avoiding your eye area. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
STEP #3: USE A HYDRATING SERUM TO LAYER ON MOISTURE
Since you want to step into the new year with healthy-looking skin, you’ll want to seek out a face serum formulated with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid helps to boost your skin with moisture and brighten the appearance of your complexion, which comes in handy since the holiday season and chilly weather go hand in hand. Try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum in your post-New Year’s Eve skin care routine. It boasts a lightweight formula that replenishes skin with hydration to leave you with a visibly plumped and healthy-looking complexion. Smooth two to three drops over the face and neck.
STEP #4: SMOOTH ON A MOISTURIZER TO GET A HYDRATION BOOST
It’s not news that the weather during New Year’s Eve can dry out your skin, so it’s best to look for a nourishing moisturizer formulated with aloe. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin. All three water-based moisturizers are formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid that leaves your skin hydrated with a fresh and radiant glow.
STEP #5: FINISH WITH A NIGHT CREAM TO GET EXTRA MOISTURE
You may want to consider adding a night cream to your routine to help keep your skin moisturized as you sleep. After all, it’s always a smart idea to have an extra layer of security. That’s why the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm is one of our favorites. This rich cream is formulated with manuka honey extract and nurturing oils that penetrate the skin’s surface layer to provide long-lasting, non-greasy, and non-sticky hydration. Smooth the night cream on your face in an upward and outward motion and cover the neck, jawline, and upper chest until fully absorbed.
BONUS STEP: USE A FACE MASK THE NEXT MORNING TO COMBAT DULLNESS
If you had a little too much fun on New Year’s Eve, it’s the perfect time to stay in and relax. Since the mix of chilly weather and cranking up the heat can cause dry and dull-looking skin, pampering your complexion with a face mask is a smart move. Try a charcoal mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, which draws out deep impurities and addresses dullness for a radiant look.
You can also hop on the multi-masking trend, that’s all about using multiple masks at the same time to address various skin care concerns. Pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. Apply your face mask(s) of choice to clean skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
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