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Congratulations: You’ve officially made it through the winter! And now that spring—a.k.a. the season of renewal—is here, it’s the perfect time to commit to a consistent skin care routine to help keep your complexion in tip-top shape. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a list of springtime skin care dos and don’ts.
Regardless of whether it’s a sunny or rainy spring day, you should take measures to protect your skin from UV rays. That’s because when you spend prolonged periods of time in the sun sans protection, this can lead to damage—and that damage can show up down the road as visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles. And this holds true even when it’s cloudy outside.
So, first things first: Finish off your morning skin care routine by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen. (The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying one with an SPF of 30 or higher). Broad-spectrum sunscreen helps protect against both UVA and UVB rays—UVA are the ones that cause damage, while UVB rays are the ones that burn. Always in a rush? Try a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. It’s formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum SPF 30. Make sure to apply it 15-30 minutes before heading outdoors—and reapply every two hours!
There are other sun protection measures you can take, too. Avoid being outside during the sun’s peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and seek shade when you are outside, especially during those hours. What’s more, always carry UV-blocking sunglasses with you so you can wear them outside. And don’t forget your broad-brimmed hat!
In the cold, dreary winter months especially, you may have found hot showers to be oh-so-relaxing—but that doesn’t mean they were good for your skin. Bathing in super-hot temps can actually strip your skin of natural oils, leading you to feel overly dry. This spring, shower in lukewarm water instead—and keep it up year-round.
Did your complexion feel really dry during the winter? Well, you have the low moisture levels in the air to thank for that. But now that the temperatures are rising, your skin may not be in need of that heavy face lotion you used during the colder months of the year.
Want to lighten your load? Try a water-based moisturizer formulated for your skin type. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Editor’s tip: Apply your moisturizer of choice to damp skin to help lock in hydration!
It’s not just your face that’s deserving of some love this time of year—pay attention to the rest of your body, too! After being cooped up under heavy sweaters, scarves, boots, and puffy jackets, the skin below your jawline could use a little attention. So, after showering, apply a body lotion to damp skin, paying particular heed to areas that are prone to roughness, like your elbows and knees.
When dead skin cells build up on the surface of your skin, they can make your complexion look dull. And who wants that—especially now that your pretty face won’t be covered with a scarf and hat every day? That’s where exfoliating comes in—it’s the process of sloughing away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Look for a scrub, like the L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub, which is formulated with natural apricot seeds. To use, pop out the included Scrublet™, dampen the surface and pour cleanser onto it, then cleanse your skin and pop the Scrublet™ back in to the bottle.
Is there a trip in your near future? Exciting stuff! Everybody needs a getaway every now and again—but it’s absolutely essential that you keep up your regular springtime skin care routine up no matter where go. With travel sizes and miniature refillable bottles available, there’s no excuse to not keep up your good work while you’re on vacation!