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We all know how it goes. You wait until the new year to start all your new resolutions, and then by the end of January—maybe February—they’re all long since 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 stick around! Need a little inspiration? Not a problem. We have plenty of ideas—for your skin care routine. From switching to a clay facial cleanser to trying a charcoal mask to adding an anti-aging face moisturizer to helping minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, here are six easy skin care resolutions you can make before January 1.
When you have a good thing going, don’t mess with it. That means this definitely isn’t the time to give up using a facial cleanser and face moisturizer twice a day. Of course, just because your skin care routine isn’t changing doesn’t mean your skin care products have to stay the same. To get your skin completely clean, while mixing up your skin care routine, wash your face with a facial cleanser from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay line. You can have your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, and L’Oréal Paris Purify & Mattify Cleanser. Once you’ve washed your face, it’s time to reach for a 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.
You don’t have to wait for the new year—or even the summer—to enter into a relationship with sun protection. No matter the time of year—or the weather—there are a few sun protection measures you should take. For starters, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed. (You can also use a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.) In addition to that, limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 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. (Just check out The High Maintenance Girl’s Guide to Skin Care.) 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. As for what to exfoliate with, why not use a super-sweet option? Try one of our sugar scrubs: we’ve got the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Scrub for you to choose from. Use your face scrub of choice three times a week.
Spring cleaning may seem right around the corner, but cleaning out your skin care product collection doesn’t need to be put off any longer. There’s no use holding onto skin care products that are expired or that you know you’ll never use. Toss any that fit the bill. 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. (For gift-giving inspiration, check out our Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Skin Care Products to Add to Your Shopping List.)
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. Three times a week, use our charcoal mask, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. It’s formulated to draw out the buildup of dirt, impurities, and pollution and reduce the appearance of dull skin. Immediately, skin looks brighter. All you have to do is apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave the face mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
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.
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 7 New Year’s Eve Makeup Looks for Your Eyes.