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Move over, blustery cold winter! It’s to embrace sunny skies, floral dresses, and strappy sandals now that spring is in bloom. And with the change in season should come some tweaks to your skin care routine. Gone are the days of having to slather on a super-heavy cream to help keep your skin hydrated in frigid temps. By adding a few simple skin care hacks to your daily beauty regimen, you can help get back the glow that went into hibernation during the winter. Consider the below your spring skin care inspiration!
Stayed out a little too late enjoying yourself at happy hour? Don’t go to bed just yet—it’s important to take your makeup off before you hit the hay. When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Make things easy on yourself by using a multitasking skin care product, like micellar water, to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin in one step. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles (oily molecules) that act like a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from your skin.
Want to find your micellar water match? The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing 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. The best part is, you don’t need to be anywhere near a sink to use micellar water, since it’s a no rinse cleansing option. Just saturate a cotton pad with it and wipe the pad across your face. For eye makeup removal, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.
Does your complexion need a little extra attention post-winter? Try multi-masking, which involves applying different masks to different areas of your face—at the same time! Considering using clay masks when you’re ready to multi-mask. This skin care technique can be particularly useful if you have combination skin and are dealing with various issues on different parts of your face. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dullness; the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, and reduce the look of excess shine; and the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment Mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and exfoliate dead skin cells on skin’s surface. Apply an even layer of any of the masks to clean, dry skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Use three times a week for best results.
With the ushering in of spring, you can officially say sayonara to the heavier face lotion you were using to help keep your skin hydrated in winter, when there was low moisture in the air. This season, try a lightweight water-based moisturizer instead. 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 water-based moisturizers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration. In the morning, be sure to follow up by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen over your moisturizer to help protect against UV damage.
Skin looking a little on the dull side after being cooped up under hats and scarves for months? It’s time to help bring some of that radiance back by using a peel pad during your nighttime beauty routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help resurface dull, uneven skin tone. Plus, the multi-ply textured pads physically resurface dead skin cells. Skin will look brighter immediately after using a pad and more even with continued use over time. Smooth a pad gently over your face at night after cleansing—and make sure to follow up by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 or higher in the morning, since alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can make skin more sensitive to sunlight. Which brings us to our next point…
Always on the go? Don’t skip out on broad-spectrum sunscreen! Instead of applying a moisturizer and then layering on sunscreen, use a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen (the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends one that’s SPF 30 or higher) to cut back on the number of steps in your skin care routine. Apply 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, 15-30 minutes before going outside. And remember: You should reapply sunscreen every two hours, so make sure to bring the bottle along with you so you can do that. You can get burned even when it’s cloudy, so it’s definitely important to help keep your skin protected, whether it’s a sunny spring day or it’s rainy and dreary outside.
Pastel shades are super-popular this time of year—so go ahead and embrace that by using color correcting concealer. Color correction involves using different colored concealers to cancel out skin imperfections that are opposite them on the color wheel. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four pastel concealer hues: peach (to disguise dark circles), yellow (to hide discolorations), green (to neutralize redness), and lavender (to mask dullness). Use each concealer sparingly and apply to targeted areas. Apply the peach in an upside-down triangle shape under your eyes; apply the yellow on your eyelids; apply the green around the sides of your nose; and apply the lavender on your cheekbones. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender to apply your color correcting concealer, then follow up with flesh-toned concealer and foundation to perfect your spring look.
Speaking of foundation, just like you switched to a lighter-weight moisturizer, it could be a good idea to do the same with your face makeup. For luminous, buildable coverage, try a cushion compact foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation, which contains liquid foundation in a cushion. Press the applicator into the cushion, tap the applicator onto your complexion, and build to your desired level of coverage.
Ready to show off your arms and legs in your spring wardrobe—but want a little bit of golden color? Fake a natural-looking (and safe!) golden glow by mixing a little bit of body bronzer into your lotion. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion is sweat and transfer resistant but washes off with soap and water. Mix a little bit in with your body moisturizer, then smooth it onto clean skin using your hands. Wash your hands thoroughly after you’re done applying (you don’t want them to end up darker than the rest of your body!), then wait until your skin has completely dried before getting dressed.
Running around all day and need a little refresh? Try keeping a facial mist handy so that you can spray one on whenever you need a boost of hydration. You can keep one on your desk or in your purse for easy access. Typically, facial mists shouldn’t interfere with your makeup so you can spritz one on midday without having to worry.
Spring is all about renewal—and part of that process is getting rid of the old and making room for new things. That’s where BB cream (the BB stands for “beauty balm”) comes in—consider this product makeup with skin care benefits. Basically, BB cream is like a souped-up version of tinted moisturizer. It’s pretty neat, we have to admit. So, on those spring mornings when you’re really in a rush to get out the door, reach for a BB cream and you’ll be good to go in just one step. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is formulated with encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidant vitamin E. It has four actions in one: It primes to smooth skin’s texture, corrects skin for an even-looking complexion, hydrates for long-lasting moisture, and perfects to hide imperfections. Doesn’t get more useful than that!