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Our Foolproof Skin Care Routine for All Skin Types

Skin Care Essentials

Our Foolproof Skin Care Routine for All Skin Types Our Foolproof Skin Care Routine for All Skin Types Our Foolproof Skin Care Routine for All Skin Types

Putting together a skin care routine can be challenging. There are so many different types of products you could use—but which ones deserve a spot in your daily regimen? Not to mention, determining your skin type can be a challenge all on its own. Wouldn’t it be so much simpler if there were skin care products that could work for everyone? Well, guess what. There are! Finding a foolproof skin care routine doesn’t necessarily mean having to sort through what seems like endless amounts of products formulated for different skin types. Keep reading for an easy skin care routine for everyone, along with product recommendations from L’Oréal Paris that are suitable for all skin types.

Step 1: Cleanse Your Complexion

Just about every skin care routine should start the same way—yep, we’re talking about cleansing. This is one step that should be non-negotiable in your routine. In the morning, reach for a no-rinse cleansing option, like towelettes, to get your day started on the right foot. The ultra-soft L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types™ Makeup Removing Towelettes gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup (even waterproof mascara and long-wear formulas) without drying out skin. All you have to do is wipe your face and eye area with a towelette—no rinse needed.

Step 2: Cleanse, Again

Sometimes, you may find it useful to cleanse a second time. When you feel like you need a little extra cleansing, step up to the sink and use a rinse-off facial cleanser formulated for all skin types, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser, which lifts dirt and impurities without drying out skin. To use, wet your face and hands with lukewarm water. Work a small amount of gel into a foamy lather and massage onto your face with a gentle, circular motion. (Read our guide to double cleansing.)

Step 3: Use a Facial Oil

Treat yourself to a spa-like experience at home by applying a facial oil to your complexion after cleansing. Yes, you can use one even if you have oily or combination skin! It’s all about picking the right one. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil Light has a weightless finish that leaves skin looking dewy and vibrant, not greasy. It’s formulated with a purifying blend of eight essential oils (argan seed, chamomile flower, citronella, clove, lavender, lemongrass, green oregano flower, rosemary leaf, lemon balm leaf, and evening primrose). Instantly, skin will feel hydrated and look clearer, while skin will feel more balanced with continued use over time. This clarifying light oil glides on skin effortlessly and instantly sinks in for a silky smooth, fresh finish. It’s suitable for even oily/combination skin. (To get the most out of your facial oil, try these hacks.)

Step 4: Hydrate Your Complexion with Moisturizer

Just like cleansing, moisturizing should be a non-negotiable step in your skin care routine—regardless of your skin type. Looking for one that’s suitable for all skin types? Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Even Tone All Skin Types Day/Night Cream. This oil-free cream works day and night to leave skin with a more even-looking tone and texture. Immediately, skin feels softer, smoother, and fresher, while skin tone looks more even and skin texture looks smoother with continued use over time. Smooth it gently onto your face and neck, alone or under makeup, after cleansing with the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes or the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser.

Step 5: Nourish Your Eye Area

You shower your face with a whole lot of attention—but what about your eye area? You shouldn’t neglect it! Oftentimes, the delicate skin surrounding your eyes can be one of the first areas to show visible signs of aging. Reach for an eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense. This light, non-greasy gel-cream is formulated with caffeine and hyaluronic acid and can help defend against premature signs of aging around the eyes, including puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. Apply it in small dots around your eye area, being sure to smooth it in (gently!) until fully absorbed. Use it morning or night alone or under makeup. (These are our best eye creams for dark circles.)

Step 6: Wear a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen—and Take Other Sun Protection Measures—Daily

If you plan to ever step foot outdoors, this one’s for you (so basically, this one’s for all of us). Come rain or shine, cold or cloudy, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily and reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating). But applying and reapplying sunscreen isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take. According to the Food and Drug Administration, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

Step 7: Multi-Mask a Few Times a Week

Why limit yourself to using one mask when you could use a few? Multi-masking is a popular skin care trend that involves using multiple masks on different areas of your face at the same time. Here are four face mask options from L’Oréal Paris, all of which are formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and are suitable for all skin types. Mix and match to find your perfect multi-masking routine.

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clean & Comfort Mask: Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin feeling uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleaning that is effective yet gentle. This clay mask formula is enhanced with seaweed and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and gently cleanse stressed areas.

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask: Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. This clay mask formula is enhanced with charcoal and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin.

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask: Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling rough. This clay mask formula is enhanced with red algae extract and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth the look of imperfections, and allow skin to breathe.

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask: Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. This clay mask formula is enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine.

Each mask should be applied for 10-15 minutes, then rinsed off with lukewarm water. You should use your mask(s) of choice three times a week for best results. Use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clean & Comfort Mask twice a week for best results; use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask three times a week of best results. (Learn more about applying and removing clay masks the right way here.)

Step 8: Exfoliate (Just Enough)

How often you should exfoliate depends—while some people can handle daily exfoliation, others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you. Once you figure that out, reach for an exfoliating scrub and add it to your weekly beauty routine. Try the L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub, which helps slough away dull, dead skin cells from the surface of skin and remove traces of oil, dirt, and makeup.

Step 9: Wipe Away Makeup

Before letting your head hit the pillow at the end of the day, it’s time to take off all the makeup you applied in the morning before heading out. Sleeping in your makeup is a total skin care no-no. But you don’t even have to go to the bathroom sink to cleanse your skin. Stock up on a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water to get the job done. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oils, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies and cleans dirt, impurities, and makeup (even waterproof). It’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with the cleanser, then hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, before gently wiping to remove. Next, sweep the pad over your skin until completely clean. You’re done!