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We all know how it goes. You wait until the new year to start all of your resolutions, and then by the end of January—maybe February—they’ve all long since been abandoned. So, how about trying something new this year? There’s no reason you have to wait until the last minute to start acting on your resolutions. In fact, by introducing them a little earlier, perhaps they’ll actually stick around! Need a little inspiration? We have plenty of ideas—for your skin care routine, that is. From switching to a clay facial cleanser to trying a charcoal mask to adding an anti-aging face moisturizer into the mix to helping minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, here are nine easy skin care resolutions you can make before January 1st.
Your daily skin care routine should always include cleansing your complexion twice a day, every morning and evening, but updating your go-to facial cleanser is a great way to switch things up. This year, try a facial cleanser that’s formulated with clay—not only is it a natural ingredient, but it also cleanses impurities from skin without over-drying. Reach for a facial cleanser from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay line. Take your pick from the following options, based on your skin type and concerns:
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser: This powerful clay-to-mousse cleanser is formulated with charcoal to help detoxify skin from everyday pollution and debris.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: This cleanser contains red algae, a potent antioxidant ingredient that can help keep your skin looking and feeling youthful.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser: Formulated with eucalyptus extract, this clay cleanser is a great option if you tend to have oily skin.
Immediately after you’ve washed your face, it’s time to reach for a facial moisturizer. Look for a moisturizer that suits your skin type, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin. Smooth your moisturizer of choice over your complexion post-cleansing. For mature skin, reach for a facial moisturizer that’s extra nourishing, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Day Cream.
Whatever you do this year, don’t wait until the summer months to start protecting your skin from sun damage. No matter the time of year—or the weather—there are a few sun protection measures you should take every single day. For starters, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen or facial moisturizer that’s formulated with SPF 15 or higher, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. In addition to using a moisturizer with SPF every morning, limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 AM and 2 PM, which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Wanting to pare down your skin care routine is totally understandable—after all, it can get pretty lengthy. You have our full support in simplifying a few steps in your skin care routine, but there’s one you shouldn’t skip out on—and that would be exfoliation. Dead skin cell buildup on skin’s surface is a one-way ticket to dull, dry skin. Which, hello, is just about the last thing you want in the dead of winter. So, instead of saying goodbye to exfoliating in the new year, kick things up a notch—now. While you don’t have to scrub down your skin on the daily, consider setting a schedule and aim to exfoliate three times a week, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. As for what to exfoliate with, try one of our sugar scrubs. Here are your options:
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub: This scrub contains real Kona coffee grounds and helps energize and revitalize tired skin.
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: Formulated with finely crushed cocoa and hydrating coconut oil, this option is ideal for dry skin.
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: This sugar scrub is formulated with acai and grapeseed oil and will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: As its name implies, this sugar scrub, which contains kiwi seeds, is a great choice if your skin is prone to breakouts.
Spring cleaning may be just around the corner, but cleaning out your skin care product collection isn’t something that needs to be put off. Look through your collection and take notice of products that have been sitting there (unused) for longer than six months—they’re likely expired and should be tossed! Farewell to old dark spot correctors, eye creams, and glycolic acid peels. Don’t you feel lighter already? Not only will a less cluttered medicine cabinet be completely welcome, but now you’ll have extra room in case anyone wants to treat you to new skin care products or makeup for the holidays.
If you’ve always thought of face masks as a special occasion treat, now’s your chance to change that. In reality, using a face mask should be a regular part of your skin care routine. They’re the perfect choice for your next self-care Sunday, and most face masks only require 15 minutes.
You know the drill here: Choose a face mask that’s formulated to treat your specific skin care concerns. If you’re a city-dweller and your complexion is feeling weighed down by environmental stressors and pollutants, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. It’s formulated with charcoal to help draw out the buildup of dirt, impurities, and pollution and reduce the appearance of dull skin. If your skin is feeling stressed out and uncomfortable, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask. If your skin tone is looking and feeling dull, try the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, which contains yuzu lemon and will help brighten your complexion. Whatever option you choose, apply an even layer onto clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Like most things in life, when it comes to your skin care routine, in order for products to work their magic, you need to use them consistently. This is absolutely true for facial serum, which holds the power to work wonders on your skin if you choose the right formula and use it every morning and evening. For intense hydration, reach for a facial serum that contains hyaluronic acid, like the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. For antioxidant protection, try a serum formulated with vitamin C, such as the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum. One of the many amazing things about facial serum is that you can choose a formula to address very specific skin needs. Once you’ve picked your potion, apply two to three drops onto clean skin every morning and night. After applying, you can smooth your moisturizer on directly on top.
This is skin care 101, so if you’re not already doing this, you need to start taking your makeup off before bed tonight! With makeup removers like micellar water and wipes that are both gentle and effective, it really couldn’t be easier to swipe off your makeup at the end of the day. Leaving it on while you sleep is a recipe for future breakouts. We particularly love micellar water for this task because it removes makeup and cleanses skin at the same time. Reach for the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types to take off even the toughest waterproof mascara before you hit the hay.
We have some good news. No matter your age, you don’t have to feel left out of the anti-aging fun. It’s never too early—or too late—to start an anti-aging skin care routine. Start transitioning your skin care routine now, swapping out old skin care products for ones that can help keep your skin looking youthful. The perfect place to start? With the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica, a lightweight cream that immediately makes skin feel softer and smoother while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time. For even more anti-aging benefits, add a nourishing night cream, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm, into your routine.
Now that you have your skin care routine under control ahead of time, you can focus on planning the perfect makeup look for NYE. For a few cool ideas, check out our 10 New Year's Eve Makeup Looks for Your Eyes.