2020 is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to start brainstorming what your newest batch of New Year’s resolutions should be—if you haven’t already. While we totally support making a commitment to eating well and staying active, today we’re here to talk to you about beauty resolutions. There are easy changes you can make to your skin care routine in 2021. These include everything from removing makeup each night with a no-rinse facial cleanser to applying a moisturizer with SPF every morning. Here are nine skin care resolutions to stick to in 2021.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #1: BE CONSISTENT WITH CLEANSING
Cleansing should be a crucial, non-negotiable step in any skin care routine. This year, make a vow to keep your cleansing routine consistent—you should cleanse every morning before applying your makeup for the day and also every evening before heading to bed. In the morning, reach for a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type so that you can start things off on the right foot. You don’t want to apply moisturizer or makeup on top of dirty skin.
While you’re making positive changes, try a new cleanser like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser. Squeeze a small amount of either facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from a clay to a mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your skin in circular motions, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Before you reach for your moisturizer (or your makeup brush), move on to your second skin care resolution, below.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #2: USE A FACE SERUM REGULARLY
If you really want to have radiant, healthy-looking skin (and who doesn’t?), a face serum is a no-brainer. These powerful, targeted treatments can go a long way in hydrating and toning your complexion. That’s why, in our opinion, using a face serum every single morning and evening, should be one of your skin care resolutions for 2021. Every morning and evening, after you use your facial cleanser but before you moisturize, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Apply a few drops onto damp, clean skin and use a facial massaging technique to spread the product over the entirety of your complexion—after just a few uses, you’ll notice more hydrated and visibly plumped skin.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #3: TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF EVERY NIGHT
One of the biggest beauty faux pas you can make to sleep in your makeup. That’s because, when you sleep, your makeup can mix with the dirt and oils that have built up on the surface of your skin—and this can lead to clogged pores. Blocked pores, in turn, can result in breakouts and blackheads.
To make things easy on yourself, keep a bottle of no-rinse micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, on your nightstand. That way, even on long nights when the last thing you want to do is get up and wash your face, at the very least, you can take off your makeup before hitting the hay. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #4: MAKE APPLYING MOISTURIZER A PRIORITY
Keeping your skin hydrated is critical in ensuring it looks its best. The key to maintaining hydration is applying moisturizer morning and night—regardless of your skin type. Choose from 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, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. These three moisturizers are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Smooth your moisturizer of choice over your serum-soaked skin. Once you’ve layered your serum and facial moisturizer, you can move on to applying your makeup—starting with primer—for the day.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #5: BE SERIOUS ABOUT SUN PROTECTION
No matter the time of year—or the weather—you should always take the time to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed. But don’t stop there. Additionally, other sun protection measures you should take daily include limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
To make your sun protection routine a little easier, consider using a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, as the last step in your morning skin care routine. This allows you to knock out two steps in one. Just remember to reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #6: START AN ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE ROUTINE
It’s never too early—or too late—to begin following an anti-aging skin care routine. With the right skin care products, you can help minimize signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, with continued use over time. To get started, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum, 0.3% Pure Retinol. The paraben-free, non-comedogenic serum immediately results in skin’s texture feeling more refined. Over time, the appearance of wrinkles (including deep wrinkles) is reduced.
Another anti-aging step you should take ASAP: using an eye cream. Your eye area is the most delicate area of your face, so it needs extra special care. Every morning and night, apply the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #7: USE A FACE SCRUB A FEW TIMES A WEEK
Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking dull. That’s why exfoliation is essential. You can use a face scrub to help slough away this buildup for smoother-looking and softer-feeling skin. We’ve got three options for you to choose from: the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub.
Apply your face scrub of choice to dry skin, then add water and gently massage the face scrub over your skin before rinsing off thoroughly. Use three times a week. Bonus: You can use any of these three face scrubs on your lips, too!
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #8: TRY A CHARCOAL MASK FOR BRIGHT-LOOKING SKIN
A radiant-looking complexion is basically the ultimate skin care goal. Meet that goal by adding a charcoal mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, to your skin care routine three times a week. This face mask is formulated to draw out the buildup of dirt, oils, and impurities from the surface of your skin while also immediately reducing the appearance of dull skin. Just apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
SKIN CARE RESOLUTION #9: DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NECK AND CHEST
You want your complexion to look radiant and healthy, but that aspiration shouldn’t stop with your face. Make one of your skin care resolutions for 2021 be taking better care of your neck and chest area. Multi-tasking products like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm – Face/Neck/Chest/Hands make it easy to cover all your bases. Just apply the balm onto your neck and décolletage every evening before bed.
Now that you’re ready to take your skin care routine to the next level in 2021, it’s time to change up your hair routine, too. We’ve got you covered. Read our article: These 44 Hair Color Trends Will Spice Up Your Mane All Through 2021.