skin care essentials Why You Should Add a Facial Oil to Your Spring Skin Care Routine

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We can all agree that it’s pretty awesome that spring has finally sprung, right? After months spent commuting through slush and snow and hours spent thawing in artificially heated environments, it’s basically an understatement to say that your skin could use a little extra love right about now. When it comes to your skin care routine, you’ve likely got a regimen consisting of a facial cleanser, face scrub, and moisturizer down to a T. But as the season changes, you may want to consider switching up your skin care routine and incorporating a facial oil into it. Below, learn exactly why you should add a facial oil to your spring skin care routine.

WHY YOU SHOULD ADD A FACIAL OIL TO YOUR SPRING SKIN CARE ROUTINE

With age, you may find your skin starting to change—and that means you’ll have different needs than when you were younger. Here’s the deal: As skin matures, natural oil production can decrease by up to 40 percent. Daily exposure to harmful UV rays further compromises skin’s ability to retain moisture, leaving it dehydrated and lackluster. This is where using a facial oil comes into play. A facial oil can help with providing long-lasting hydrating and nourishment to dry, mature skin—which is all too common this time of year.

Consider doubling up and using a facial oil that’s formulated with SPF. We’ve told you this before, but it’s worth repeating: Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily is a skin care must—rain or shine—since you can get burned even on cloudy days. When you spend prolonged periods of time in the sun without protection, this can lead to visible signs of aging, like dark spots and wrinkles, down the road. Of course, chances are you’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors now that the weather is getting nicer, which is why sunscreen should be top of mind. Hydration and sun protection in one step? We’ll take it!

HOW TO USE A FACIAL OIL IN YOUR SPRING SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Not sure at what point during your skin care routine you should use a facial oil? Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Grab your cleanser

The first step in your skin care routine should always be cleansing—but when you have mature skin, choosing the right cleanser is key. As skin matures, it loses moisture, nutrients, and natural oils, resulting in drier skin. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser for mature skin is formulated with replenishing oils to gently yet effectively remove traces of makeup.

Step 2: Apply your facial oil

In the morning, apply four to five drops of facial oil with your fingers from your nose to ears and outer eye area. Next, smooth the oil from your eyebrows to hairline in an upward motion, then smooth it from your neck to jawline, then your upper chest until absorbed. If you’re following this routine at night, look for an extra nourishing facial oil formula without SPF—you won’t need it after dark. You can also layer a night cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm, on top!

Editor’s note: You know how during a professional facial the esthetician will massage products onto your face? Doesn’t that feel good? Well, you can recreate that experience at home by giving yourself a massage with your facial oil. It feels totally indulgent and it’s good for your skin! Here’s How to Give Yourself a Facial Massage.

Step 3: Eye cream

Finish up your skin care routine—morning or night—with a dab of eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel. As skin matures, one of the biggest changes around the eyes is the loss of moisture, nutrients, and natural oils. The skin around the eye area is thinner than the skin on your face, so, as a result, the eye area can become particularly dry, revealing the appearance of bags and dark circles. This ultra-gentle eye gel is formulated with manuka honey and nurturing oils to de-puff and cushion mature, very dry skin. After using, puffy bags will appear reduced, dark circles will appear brighter, and your eyes will look more youthful.

Next, learn how to fully transition your regimen for the new season. Here’s Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: How to Transition Your Skin Care Routine from Winter to Spring.