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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 with your skin care routine? Welcome to our world! From cleansing and moisturizing to exfoliating to using eye cream, you’re all about doing everything it takes to help keep your skin in prime condition. And we totally understand! Below we share the ultimate daily and weekly skin care routines for the perfectionists among us.

TWICE PER DAY (MORNING AND NIGHT) PERFECTIONIST SKIN CARE ROUTINE STEPS

Daily, you’ll want to follow these steps in the morning and at night:

1. FACIAL CLEANSER

Everybody’s skin care routine—perfectionist or not—should include a proper facial cleansing, done twice a day every morning and night. In need of a new facial cleanser? Look for one that’s formulated for your skin type and needs. Here are a few of our favorite options:

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser: Formulated with charcoal, this clay-to-mousse cleanser deeply cleans pores without over-drying.

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: This clay cleanser, which is formulated with red algae, removes daily impurities from the skin such as dirt, oil, and pollution, while also helping to minimize the appearance of pores.

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser: This option is great for those with oily skin, since it will help deep clean while also leaving a matte finish on the skin. 

L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser: This cream cleanser for mature skin helps gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup.

L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser: Use this cream cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and impurities. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells and helps enhance facial smoothness and radiance.

2. MICELLAR WATER

If you’re a perfectionist, then you likely already know how important it is to remove your makeup before hitting the hay! Also, you probably know about the skin benefits of double cleansing (if you don’t, here’s How to Double Cleanse). The point here is: there’s a use for micellar water in your twice daily skin care routine, whether it be removing makeup, going for the double cleanse, or both! We’re big 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. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types pretty much does it all, and it’s very simple and quick to use. Just saturate a cotton pad, then rub gently all over your complexion and/or eye area to remove makeup. That’s all it takes! There are also a variety of micellar waters out there for different skin types and concerns, like the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes, and the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Oily Skin, which helps rid skin of excess oil.

3. FACIAL SERUM

Perfectionists—do not skip this step. Facial serum will take your skin care game to the next level, and we promise you’ll thank us. 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. After you cleanse your skin (or double cleanse, if you’re so inclined), reach for the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which absorbs quickly and will leave your complexion feeling plump and as hydrated as can be.

In the case that anti-aging is your primary concern, rather than hydration (although yes, they are related!), you can opt for the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum instead. The great thing about serums is that you can choose one for your specific skin care concerns! This particular serum will not only help revive dry, dull skin, but over time it can also help stimulate skin cell renewal. When your skin cells are rejuvenated more frequently, the result is firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

4. FACIAL MOISTURIZER:

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 below. They’re all formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera 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 and 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.

5. EYE CREAM

You’re a perfectionist—so don’t neglect your eyes! Not only are they the window to the soul, but your eyes are also surrounded by the thinnest and most delicate skin on your entire face. As such, your eye area requires special skin care. Reach for an eye cream that’s both hydrating and soothing (to help reduce puffiness and dark circles under eyes), like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel. You’ll want to apply your eye cream every morning and evening onto clean skin—either before or after your facial moisturizer.

6.BODY CARE PRODUCTS

Even the most dedicated skin care enthusiast might spend most of their time focusing on the face. Just remember, 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—but 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. Once you step out of the shower and are feeling completely clean, smooth on a moisturizer—just as you would for your face.

PERFECTIONIST SKIN CARE ROUTINE: TWO TO THREE TIMES PER WEEK

1. FACIAL SCRUB

Exfoliating is an important step, yes, but it doesn’t need to be done every day—a few times per week is the perfect frequency for most skin types. Take your pick from these options:

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: This face scrub, which is formulated with cocoa butter, is a good option if you have sensitive skin or are prone to dryness.

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub: Complexion looking tired or dull? Pick this one! Formulated with real Kona coffee grounds, this face scrub will awaken and energize your skin ASAP.

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: Get your glow on with this formula which features finely ground Acai plus monoi and grapeseed oils.

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: This bright green face scrub is formulated with kiwi seeds and helps unclog and refine pores—something we know is a major skin care concern for many.

Another great way to exfoliate skin? Chemically! That’s right, face scrubs aren’t your only option for exfoliating. Give the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads a shot; they’re 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 sunscreen, since alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

2. FACE MASK

Every perfectionist needs a little time to unwind during the hectic week. Why not do so while wearing a clay mask? Consider one of the following three:

For dull-looking skin: 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 to 15 minutes, then rinse off.

For clogged pores: 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 to15 minutes, then rinse it off with water in circular motions to exfoliate.

For oily skin: 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 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Use each mask three times a week for best results. A+, perfectionists!

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