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The Perfectionist's Guide to Skin Care

Skin Care Essentials

The Perfectionist's Guide to Skin Care The Perfectionist's Guide to Skin Care The Perfectionist's Guide to Skin Care

Are you the type of girl who likes to do everything by the book? Do you consider yourself somewhat of a perfectionist—including when it comes to your skin care routine? Welcome to our world! From cleansing and moisturizing to exfoliating and protecting, you’re all about doing everything it takes to help keep your skin in prime condition. Below we share the ultimate skin care routine (for morning and night) for the perfectionists among us.

A.M. and P.M.: Wash Your Face

Whether or not you’re a perfectionist is beside the point—every skin care routine, regardless of if its morning or night, should start with a proper cleanse. And when it comes to your nighttime regimen, know this: When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores, and this can in turn lead to breakouts. In need of a new cleanser? Look for one that’s formulated for your skin type and needs. Here are a few options from L'Oréal Paris.

The L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub helps exfoliate dull, dead skin cells on skin’s surface and is formulated with natural apricot seeds. What’s more, it removes all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup and comes with a soft cleansing disk made from a gentle, flexible material.

The L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin is dermatologist-tested, fragrance-free, and soap-free. It’s specifically designed for those with sensitive skin and helps deeply cleanse and remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and oil without over-drying.

The L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser can help gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup.

The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser can help remove all traces of makeup and impurities. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells and helps enhance facial smoothness and radiance.

The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Daily Scrub Cleanser is formulated with gentle micro-pearls and glycolic acid to help exfoliate the surface of your skin and make it appear brighter.

The L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser helps to lift dirt and impurities off the skin without drying your complexion out.

A.M. and P.M.: Use Serum

After you’ve cleansed your skin, it’s time to follow up with a serum! Typically, serums are formulated with highly concentrated ingredients to help address specific skin issues. They’re usually lightweight in texture and go on between cleansing and moisturizing.

Have dark spots? Try the L'Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector, which can help make skin look more illuminous immediately and reduce the appearance of dark spots with continued use over time. Have wrinkles? Try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum, which is formulated with Pro-Xylane and hyaluronic acid to help reduce the look of wrinkles with continued use over time.

A.M. and P.M.: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

Listen up, perfectionists: When it comes to your skin care routine, moisturizer should be one of the most important steps morning and night. As far as what moisturizer you should be using, reach for one that’s formulated for your specific skin type and needs. If you have oily skin, you may be able to get away with using a lightweight face lotion, whereas you may feel the need to use a heavier cream if you have dry skin. Find your water-based moisturizer match from L'Oréal Paris below. They’re all formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.

For normal and oily skin types: External factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage your skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. This can leave your complexion looking overly shiny. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin has a matte finish and helps reduce the look of excess shine.

For normal and dry skin types: You can face external factors like pollution and UV rays, which can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, your skin surface may lose its natural glow and start to look duller. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture to help it appear more radiant.

For extra dry skin: Your skin type has a very fragile skin moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture to help soothe, nourish, and comfort your complexion.

A.M.: Slather on Sunscreen

If you’re a skin care perfectionist, then you may already have this step in your routine down pat, but it’s still worth repeating. The last step in your morning skin care regimen should be applying sunscreen—and that goes for even cloudy or rainy days. That’s because when you spend prolonged periods of time in the sun without wearing protection, this can lead to damage—and that damage can show up as visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles down the road. What’s more, you can even get burned on cloudy days. Opt for a sunscreen that’s broad-spectrum, meaning it helps protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that cause the damage that can lead to visible signs of aging, while UVB rays are the ones that burn. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of 30 or higher as well, as recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Always find yourself in a rush? No worries! Just use a moisturizer formulated with SPF to cut back down on the number of steps in your beauty routine. Try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, which is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum sunscreen. Apply it 15-30 minutes before going outside, and remember to reapply it every two hours.

Post-Gym: Cleanse and Refresh Your Skin with Micellar Water

Don’t have the opportunity to hop directly into the shower after hitting the gym? You’ll still want to give your skin a quick cleanse. Pack a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option with you—we’re fans of micellar water, which is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. It’s that simple! There are quite a variety of micellar waters out there for different skin types and concerns. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies.

P.M.: Brighten the Look of Your Complexion with Peel Pads

Beyond wrinkles, dull, uneven tone can make skin look older. What’s more, as skin’s natural ability to shed surface dead skin cells declines with age, dark spots and uneven tone can become increasingly more visible, making your complexion look older and duller. That’s where the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads come in! The peel pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface uneven skin tone. Plus, the multi-ply textured pads physically resurface dead skin cells. Your skin will look brighter immediately and your skin tone will appear more even with continued use over time. Smooth a pad over cleansed skin at night—and in the morning, be sure to wear a sunscreen, since alpha hydroxy acids like gycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

A.M. and P.M.: Don’t Forget About the Rest of Your Body!

Even the most dedicated skin care enthusiast might spend most of their time focusing on the face. But the rest of your body deserves love, too! When you’re in the shower in the morning, use a gentle body wash to cleanse the skin below your neck. And, consider exfoliating from time to time. You can use a scrub or a dry brush—just be sure to take it easy! You don’t want to be aggressive. Also, when you’re in the shower, wash off in lukewarm water, not hot. Hot water can actually strip your skin of essential moisture.

Weekly: Use a Clay Mask

Every perfectionist needs a little time to unwind during the hectic week. Why not do so while wearing a clay mask?

Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask is formulated with three types of clays and enhanced with charcoal to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off.

Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling rough. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment Mask is formulated with three types of clay and enhanced with red algae extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and exfoliate dead skin cells. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off with water in circular motions to exfoliate.

Impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin day after day, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Mattify & Purify Treatment Mask is formulated with three types of clay and enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water.

Use each mask three times a week for best results. A+, perfectionists!