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We all like to think we have our skin care routine down to a T. There are products we use in the morning and products we use before we go to sleep. But what if you wake up every AM with less than flawless-looking skin? What’s going on? Well, it turns out that small things you do (such as sleeping in your makeup) could be hindering you from having the gorgeous, glow-y skin of your dreams. From switching your products out too often to taking a steaming hot shower, here are 10 skin care mistakes you could be making without even realizing it—and what to do instead. A happier complexion, here you come!
We get it: It’s easy to get bored when you’re going through the same routine day in and day out. But it’s important to give your skin care products time to work. Find something you like? Make it a resolution to stick with it!
So, you’ve probably heard this a million times, but it’s worth listening to this next piece of advice: Going to sleep with your makeup on is one the worst things you can do for your skin. Yes, really! When you sleep with your makeup on, it can mix with the dirt and oil that’s built up on your face during the day—and this can lead to clogged pores (which can, in turn, lead to breakouts). Exhausted? Stash a bottle of micellar water or makeup removing towelettes on your nightstand for easy access so you never have an excuse to close your eyes without removing your makeup.
Need help choosing the perfect product for your nightstand? Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which will remove even the most stubborn mascara. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and hold it over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe. There’s no rinsing or harsh rubbing required! If you’re more of a face wipe kind of gal, try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes, All Skin Types. These alcohol-free, ultra-soft towelettes gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup, mascara, and even long-wear formulas. Peel the label to open and then gently wipe your face and eye area. Once again, you don’t need to rinse after you’ve finished. Just remember to reseal the pack to prevent the remaining towelettes from drying out.
With the number of objects you touch during the span of one day, the amount of dirt that’s transferred to your fingers really does add up. That’s why it’s important to avoid touching, rubbing, or resting your hands on your face when you can. You don’t want to transfer that dirt to your face since it can lead to breakouts and other skin care concerns.
You don’t have to wait until you’re sitting poolside on a bright sunny day to slather on the sunscreen. Even if the skies are gray and the weather is dreary outside, the sun can still find ways to affect your skin. Yep: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum SPF (that means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays) of 15 or higher on a daily basis—and an SPF of 30 or higher if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time out in the sun (plus remember to reapply every two hours!). When you do stay out in the sun without wearing protection, it can lead to sun damage, which can lead to visible signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots.
Pressed for time in the morning? Reach for a moisturizer with SPF. That way you won’t have to apply two separate products before you step out the door, saving you a whole lot of hassle if you’re in a rush. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, which is formulated with glycolic acid and Pro-Retinol and can help hydrate and brighten dull, uneven skin.
You may like taking long, steaming showers—let’s be real, who doesn’t? But if you knew the effect that hot water could have on your skin, we think you’d be inclined to turn the temperature down a notch. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural moisture, which can lead to dryness. Yikes! Instead of using piping hot water the next time you hop in the shower, opt for lukewarm water or shorten the amount of time you spend standing under the water in the shower. Either way, afterward you’ll want to apply moisturizer to damp skin to help lock in moisture.
It’s time to hop on the eye cream bandwagon ASAP! Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too early to start using this skin care product. Since the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, your eyes are usually the first place you’ll notice signs of aging. Try the L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense. This light, non-greasy gel-cream is formulated to defend against the signs of premature aging (like puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles) around the eyes. It’s formulated with caffeine and hyaluronic acid.
Adding a facial serum into your skin care routine can make a major difference. Generally, facial serums have concentrated formulas that help target specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, dry skin, or dull skin. They can also improve the overall appearance of your complexion. Use one after cleansing but before applying moisturizer. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum or the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum.
Chances are, you’ve probably been forgetting about applying your skin care products to your neck—and it’s time to show this body part some love! After all, even if you have the most diligent skin care routine, if it stops at your jawline, what’s the use if your neck is going to give away your age? Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Day Cream, which is formulated with manuka honey and nurturing oils to provide nourishing moisture to very dry, mature skin on your face, neck, and upper chest. Your skin will be left feeling firmer and more elastic.
After you wash your face or get out of the shower, do you towel off before you slather on moisturizer or body lotion? If you answered yes, it’s time to stop doing so! As we suggested earlier, you should actually apply face moisturizer and body lotion to damp skin to help lock in hydration. So, the next time you get wet, go ahead and put your moisturizer directly onto damp skin.
Now, if you’re someone who skips moisturizer altogether, you really need to change your ways. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, or something in between, moisturizing should be one of the essential steps in your skin care routine. Yes—even oily skin needs moisturizer! When it comes to picking a moisturizer, look for one that addresses your skin’s specific needs. For example, if you have dry skin, you may need to use a heavier cream. If you have oily skin, a lightweight lotion could get the job done. If you have combination skin, you might have to apply separate moisturizers to your oily T-zone and your dry cheeks and chin. Meanwhile, sensitive skin types may need to stay away from products formulated with alcohol or fragrance.
Ready to take the plunge? Try one of the following water-based moisturizers formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. Add whichever moisturizer you choose to your morning and bedtime beauty routine!
If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin.
If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin.
If you have extra dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
While it’s important to exfoliate your skin and slough away dead skin cells and buildup, exfoliating too often can actually irritate your skin—especially if you have sensitive skin. Rather than exfoliating every day, limit this step in your skin care routine to up to three times a week. Take your pick from the face scrubs in the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line, which are formulated with three pure sugars to be truly kind to your skin.
To recap, there are quite a few common skin care mistakes that could be leaving you with less than stellar-looking skin. If you skip out on daily SPF, never wear moisturizer, and pay no mind to your neck, or commit any of the other skin care sins outlined above, it’s time to stop. By being aware of your skin’s needs and sticking to a daily regimen, you can help to keep your skin in tip-top shape for years to come. You can do it!
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