Let’s be real: When it comes to the skin care game, many people think that a solid skin care routine is the only key to success. And while keeping your tried-and-true skin care products handy is a great place to start, there is a myriad of things you can do to help with achieving your goal of flawless-looking skin. From subtle tweaks in your beauty routine to lifestyle changes, you can totally score the clear and vibrant complexion of your dreams. Intrigued? Below, we’re sharing 26 skin care tips to help you start your journey to having your best skin ever.
1. NEVER SKIP OUT ON CLEANSING
By now, you should know the importance of using a facial cleanser in your routine. Every day skin is exposed to dirt, oil, and pollutants that can take a toll on your complexion. Using the right cleanser can help remove those impurities from skin to keep things in order. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, which is formulated to gently cleanse your skin sans the dry and tight feel. Use morning and night to reap all of the benefits.
2. TRY YOUR HAND AT DOUBLE CLEANSING
Sometimes, one cleansing session is not enough to give your skin the clean and balanced feel it needs. This is where double cleansing comes in handy. This skin care trend is all about washing your face with a no-rinse cleanser, then following up with a rinse-off option to give skin a deeper clean.
Want in? Set the stage with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which helps to hydrate and soothe skin. Simply saturate a cotton pad then wipe the pad gently over your face until skin is clean.
Next, reach for a rinse-off cleanser like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which works to purify and revitalize skin. Squeeze the product into your hands and add water to transform it from clay-to-mousse. Massage onto face in circular motions, rinse through and pat dry.
3. WASH WITH LUKEWARM WATER
We can all agree that hot water feels amazing on skin, but when it comes to a flawless complexion, it may not be the best idea. See, super-hot H2O strips natural oils from your skin, leaving you with a dry and dull visage. Help yourself get better-looking skin by turning down the dial.
4. MAKE EXFOLIATION YOUR BFF
Exfoliation should be part of every skin care routine, no matter your skin type. After all, dead skin cells can get in the way of achieving a healthy-looking complexion. The key to properly exfoliating is to listen to your skin. Some skin types can handle everyday exfoliation, while others can only tolerate it once or twice a week.
As for what you need to exfoliate like a pro, we recommend using a face scrub from the L’Oréal Paris Pure Sugar line, all of which are made with a blend of three pure sugars. Have your pick from the four options below.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: If you want to add a pampering touch to your routine, this scrub will fulfill your needs. Formulated with cocoa butter and coconut oil, you’ll score a deep, yet gentle exfoliation for soft and supple skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: Ready to keep dull skin at bay? Consider it handled, thanks to this face scrub! This offering melts onto skin to give your visage a baby-soft feel and radiant glow.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Kona Coffee Scrub: Sometimes, your skin needs a pick-me-up, and this facial scrub will get the job done. Formulated with coffee grounds, the scrub will instantly brighten your complexion and reduce signs of fatigue.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: Clogged pores the bane of your existence? Well, it’s time to get acquainted with this face scrub. Formulated with kiwi seeds, this sugar scrub polishes away dead skin cells and unclogs your pores for a balanced finish.
5. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
After cleansing and exfoliating, it’s always smart to lock in hydration with a moisturizer. Try moisturizing with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius line, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water. Pick your moisturizer of choice below.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin: Daily exposure to dirt, oil, and debris can do a number on your skin’s moisture barrier. And that’s where this water-based moisturizer picks up the slack. Formulated to glide seamlessly onto the skin for effortless hydration, your skin will sport a healthy-looking glow that won’t go unnoticed.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin: In normal and oily skin types, environmental elements can cause the skin to lose moisture and increase oil production. Use this water-based moisturizer to mattify and provide continuous hydration for balanced skin.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin: Dry skin already comes with its own set of rules, so you’ll need to pay special attention to achieve moisture. This water-based moisturizer envelops the skin with moisture for instant comfort that goes the distance.
6. ALWAYS USE A NIGHT CREAM
Speaking of moisture, it’s super important to show your skin love morning and night. Instead of forcing your morning moisturizer to work double-duty, when night falls, it’s best to switch things up with a night cream. The goal is to keep your skin moisturized all through the night while you get your beauty sleep. Need a recommendation? We love the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream.
7. FLIRT WITH A FACE MAKE OR THREE
One of the best ways to give your skin the perfect amount of TLC is with a face mask. Designed to improve your overall complexion, face masks work to address a variety of skin care concerns to help you achieve your best skin yet! No matter what skin type you’re working with, the right face mask can easily get things back on track.
We like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Multi-Mask Clay Tripod Kit, which features a charcoal mask, a red algae mask, and a eucalyptus mask, all of which are formulated with pure clays. The charcoal mask works to brighten dull skin, the red algae mask helps to exfoliate uneven skin texture, and the eucalyptus mask combats oily areas. Feel free to use one mask at a time or mix it up with all three to hop on the multi-masking trend!
8. DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR EYES
If there is one skin care tip you should always keep in the back of your mind, this is it! The skin around your eye area is the most fragile, which causes visible signs of aging to become more prominent. To keep your eye area looking as youthful as possible, it’s essential to add an eye cream to your routine. Head on over to our article, When Can You Start Using Eye Cream?, for everything you need to know.
9. ACHIEVE GLOWING SKIN WITH A FACE SERUM
You may want to consider adding a face serum to your routine. A step below a moisturizer, face serums are a lightweight offering that works to provide skin with an extra dose of moisture. Depending on the formula, you can also firm, plump, and even skin tone to achieve glowing skin. Grab the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which works to immediately replenish skin with hydration and reduces wrinkles for luminous skin.
10. KEEP A BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN HANDY
We can’t say this enough: You should always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen in your routine. Once you spend prolonged periods of time in the sun unprotected, you run the risk of visible signs of aging rearing their ugly head. And of course, this can wreak havoc on your skin. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as well as reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
That’s not all when it comes to sun protection, either! Beyond using sunscreen, you should limit your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade when possible, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
11. SWITCH THINGS UP WITH ACIDS
It’s actually quite common for people to fear using acids in their skin care routines. However, we recommend giving alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) a chance. This trending type of skin care ingredient can help chemically exfoliate the surface of your skin, leaving you with a more radiant-looking complexion. Jump on the bandwagon with the L’Oréal Paris’ Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads! Formulated with one of the most popular AHAa, glycolic acid, these peel pads can help to brighten the appearance of skin and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
12. STAY CONSISTENT WITH YOUR ROUTINE
Trust us when it comes to this skin care tip: As much as you may wish that you can achieve the complexion of your dreams overnight, it’s not possible. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it can take six weeks for certain products to start to work. In some cases, it can even take as long as three months. Stay patient!
13. APPLY SKIN CARE PRODUCTS IN THE CORRECT ORDER
Believe it or not, how you apply your skin care products can determine your results. In general, you should always layer your products from thinnest to thickest. For example, you’ll want to apply toner, facial serum, and then moisturizer so your skin can absorb each product seamlessly.
14. DRINK MORE WATER
While your beauty routine plays a role in the overall appearance of your skin, so can your everyday habits. Not only is drinking water great for your overall health, but it can benefit your skin, too.
15. DON’T PICK YOUR SKIN
When you’re seeking perfect skin, acne breakouts are sure to be the bane of your existence. While they can seem to take forever to go away, that doesn’t mean that picking at or popping blemishes is the way to go. In fact, it can slow down your healing time and get in the way of a beautiful complexion. Play it safe and resist the urge to pick at your skin.
16. REACH FOR ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
There’s no hard-pressed rule that says when you should start using anti-aging products, especially if you want to keep your skin in tip-top shape. If you’re ready to welcome anti-aging picks into your routine, the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica is well worth adding to your collection. Designed to tackle signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, this moisturizer will keep your skin intact.
17. TRY TO MAINTAIN A BALANCED DIET
Like we mentioned, what you put into your body can contribute to your overall health, including your skin! That’s why it’s essential to follow a healthy diet. The AAD shares that a healthy diet can help reduce acne breakouts!
18. ALWAYS REMOVE MAKEUP BEFORE BED
This is one of our most-repeated skin care tips: While the only thing on your mind at night may be to catch some shut-eye, leaving your makeup on can have adverse effects on your skin. Simply put, your makeup can mix with dirt and oils on the surface of skin, and lead to blemishes. Always remove all of your makeup at night to reduce the chance of breakouts.
19. SLEEP WITH A HUMIDIFIER
Tackling dry skin during the winter months? Spending a lot of time in air conditioning? A humidifier can save your skin! Humidifiers add moisture to the air, per the AAD, which works to keep your skin hydrated.
20. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES & TOOLS
You may have heard this skin tip multiple times, but it’s worth repeating: Clean your makeup brushes! Dirty makeup brushes can easily wreak havoc on your complexion and cause breakouts to develop. The AAD shares that it’s best to clean your makeup brushes every seven to 10 days to protect your skin. Head on over to our article, How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Blenders, to learn how.
21. SWAP OUT YOUR PILLOWCASES
Find yourself still tackling blemishes even with a solid skin care routine? Your pillowcases may be to blame. Like it or not, your pillowcase can house a buildup of dirt, oil, and bacteria over time. So, the AAD recommends changing your pillowcases twice a week to protect your skin.
22. GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
Ever wonder why getting rest is called beauty sleep? The AAD shares that sleep gives your body time to refresh and renew itself. Yep, that’s right; one of the easiest skin care tips is to indulge in more sleep! Instead of spending late nights catching up on work, catch some shut-eye to give your skin the recharge that it needs. Trust us, your skin will thank you!
23. MANAGE STRESS
If stress is getting you down, you may want to take a moment to put your mind at ease. The AAD shares that stress has been linked to acne flare-ups, which is not a good sign for your skin. While stress can be hard to manage, a little self-care might help you relax on rough days. From self-care Sundays to winding down with a wine and mask pairing, taking time to de-stress can do your skin and overall well-being a service.
24. OPT FOR A BB CREAM
A great way to stay true to your skin care goals and give your complexion a bit of coverage, the right BB cream pretty much does it all. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, which works to smooth skin’s texture, correct skin for an even-looking complexion, hydrate for all-day moisture, and perfect to hide imperfections.
25. WATCH OUT FOR DARK SPOTS
Dark spots can become a factor once something triggers the skin to produce more melanin, per the AAD. The good news is, while it may seem that those spots are permanent, there is a way to help fade them over time. The AAD suggests using skin lightening ingredients like glycolic acid to help you even out our complexion. To introduce glycolic acid to your routine, consider using the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, which is formulated to help fade the look of dark spots and smooth skin over time.
26. GIVE YOURSELF A FACE MASSAGE WITH A JADE ROLLER
Can’t get enough of spoiling yourself? A face massage is a surefire way to show your skin some love. A great way to practice self-care, increase blood flow, and spread products evenly onto your skin, you can’t go wrong with a face massage. Sounds like a skin care tip you can get behind? Head on over to our article, Do Jade Rollers Really Work, to get the ball rolling.