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New Year’s Eve—the one night a year when everyone comes together to celebrate the clock striking midnight. After the party’s over, your first instinct might be to head straight to bed, but it’s important to work your way through a quick skin care routine before hitting the hay. Don’t worry, your post-New Year’s Eve skin care routine doesn’t have to be complicated—five quick steps will do! Follow our easy skin care routine, featuring no-rinse micellar waters, clay facial cleansers, a variety of face masks, and water-based moisturizers, below.
If you’re planning on attending a get-together of any sort this New Year’s Eve, chances are you’ll also be wearing makeup (P.S., we’ve got you covered there too. Here’s our article, New Year's Eve Survival Kit: 6 Must-Have Makeup Items for Your Clutch). Whatever makeup look you end up choosing for the night, even if it’s just a simple, light-coverage look, you will definitely want to wash it off entirely before you head to sleep for the first time this year. We know, it can be annoying, especially at the end of a long and fun night, but when you fall asleep with your makeup on, it can mix with the dirt and oils that have built up on the surface of your skin and lead to clogged pores (and clogged pores can lead to breakouts and blackheads). That’s why the main focus of your post-New Year’s Eve skin care routine should be removing your makeup before bed.
One of the easiest ways to remove makeup is by using a no-rinse facial cleanser option, like micellar water. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies skin, so if you’re often oil-prone, this is the right choice for you. If you tend to have dry skin, reach for a more hydrating micellar water, such as the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. And finally, if you’re wearing waterproof makeup to ring in the new year, you’ll want to use a micellar water that’s formulated to remove every last speck of your water and sweat-proof look, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Waterproof Cleanser for All Skin Types. Choose the option that’s right for your skin, then simply saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Sometimes, one cleanse isn’t enough to rid the surface of your skin of every impurity that has built up. After you’ve removed your makeup with micellar water, double-cleanse with a gentle clay facial cleanser. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, all of which are formulated to remove impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying. Squeeze a small amount of your facial cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Then, gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Whatever your age, skin type, or skin care concerns—and whatever day of the year it is—we can’t stress enough how important and beneficial it is to use a facial serum in your regular routine. Seriously, taking those few extra seconds to layer one underneath your moisturizer before you head to bed will help ensure that you start the new year with amazing skin. Using a facial serum is also a great way to help keep your skin hydrated during the dry winter months, so keep up with this step as the weather continues to get colder! If hydration is your main concern, reach for a serum that’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, like the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. To use, just apply a few drops onto damp skin after you’ve cleansed. It’s that simple—and quick!
After you’ve applied your facial serum, it’s time to apply a facial moisturizer overtop. For even more moisture, use a facial moisturizer that’s water-based, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Each of these water-based moisturizers is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Want to really ensure that you’ll wake up fresh-faced in the New Year? Finish off your nighttime skin care routine with a facial cream that’s formulated to work its magic overnight, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm. Apply a light layer of night cream as the final step in your post-NYE routine, then you’re ready to head off to bed—sweet dreams!
Had a little too much fun on New Year’s Eve? We totally feel you. That means it’s the perfect time to stay in and relax. On New Year’s Day, pamper your skin by applying a face mask. Try a charcoal mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, which can help reduce the look of dull skin.
One mask not enough? You can also multi-mask with a number of face masks. Pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, 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. Just apply your face mask(s) of choice to clean skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. These masks work best when used three times per week, so make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to continue masking through the new year!
Now that the New Year’s fun is over, it’s time to protect your skin throughout the rest of the winter. Trust us, it’s necessary! Here’s everything you need to know about SPF and Your Winter Skin Care Routine.