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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 A.M. 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 nine 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 night stand for easy access so you never have an excuse.
Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in water that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. 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!
More of a wipes 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. The best part: You don’t need to rinse after you’ve finished. Just remember to reseal the pack to prevent the remaining cloths from drying out.
With the number of objects you touch during the span of one day, the amount of dirt that’s transferred to our 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 or other skin 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 stay out in the sun without wearing protection, this can lead to sun damage, which can lead to visible signs of aging down the road 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 affect 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 hot water in the shower. Afterwards, apply a 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 the 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 to 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 Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer. It has a dual chamber system that combines a potent serum with a lightweight moisturizer in one pump. It leaves skin feeling velvety and looking more radiant. Mix the serum and moisturizer well and smooth it over your face and neck morning and night.
Chances are, you’ve probably been forgetting about applying your skin care products to your neck. But 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 RevitaLift Anti-wrinkle + Firming Face & Neck Contour Cream, which can help to improve elasticity on the neck and jawline. Apply the cream gently over your face and neck area every morning until it’s thoroughly absorbed. And of course, follow up with sunscreen!
After you wash your face or get done with a shower, do you towel off before you slather on moisturizer or body lotion? If you answered yes, it’s time to stop doing so! 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 on directly to damp skin.
And if you’re someone who skips moisturizer altogether, it’s time 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 top 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’re combo, you might have to apply separate moisturizers to your oily T-zone and your drier 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 water and add it 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.
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, for example, 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!