Once you’ve established a skin care routine that works for you, it can be hard to part with it. We mean, it makes sense to want to stick with a solid skin care routine—you worked hard to find what suits your skin! Unfortunately, keeping the same skin care routine all year long might not do. Throughout the year, you should think about adjusting your daily regimen to coordinate with the shifting seasons. And that means picking out a few new skin care products, like facial cleanser and moisturizer. That’s certainly the case when it comes to transitioning your skin care routine from fall to winter. Don’t worry—swapping your fall routine for a winter one is easy! Keep reading for our best advice on putting together a winter skin care routine.
WINTER SKIN CARE TIP #1: SWITCH YOUR MOISTURIZER
If it isn’t already obvious, let us say this: When winter hits, it’s far from a good time to stop using moisturizer. No matter the season, you should be slathering your skin with something hydrating, but the quickly cooling temperatures should motivate you to maximize moisturizing rather than cut out face creams and lotions. Since the chilly air can cause dry skin, a more moisturizing option may be exactly what the weather calls for.
If you have extra dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin. Meant specifically for extra dry skin types, this water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.
If you miss your youthful glow…try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer. Formulated with imperial peony for mature skin, this moisturizer immediately makes skin look hydrated with a revived pink tone.
If you want something with anti-aging benefits…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica. This anti-aging moisturizer can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time.
WINTER SKIN CARE TIP #2: INTRODUCE EXFOLIATION
Chances are, you’ve heard a time or two that you should exfoliate. The big question is, do you actually do it? When you’re already diligent about cleansing your skin, it can seem like an unnecessary extra step. In case that’s your way of thinking, let us go ahead and say, once and for all: Exfoliating is important—especially in the winter.
When you don’t exfoliate, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, resulting in the appearance of dull skin. And who wants that? Not you! So, make exfoliating a regular part of your routine, using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub up to three times a week on your face and lips.
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WINTER SKIN CARE TIP #3: USE A CHARCOAL MASK A FEW TIMES A WEEK
Winter tends to be the time of year that your social calendar really picks up, with a different holiday event every other day, but that doesn’t mean you should stop making time to take care of yourself. You don’t have to save “me time” for special occasions, you can kick up your feet in front of the fireplace and smooth on a face mask any day of the week. Our top pick? None other than an ever-trendy charcoal mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. This face mask can help draw out buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin, with skin immediately looking more radiant.
Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one face mask. You can always multi-mask! When you want to add more face masks into the mix, try some of our other favorites, below.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while gently cleansing stressed areas.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while reducing the look of excess shine.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while addressing rough skin for a smoother, more even-looking complexion.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while exfoliating dead skin cells from skin’s surface.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Face Mask: Formulated with AHA, imperial peony, and an ultra-fine mineral exfoliant, this face mask smooths and freshens mature skin in just five minutes.
WINTER SKIN CARE TIP #4: FOCUS ON EVENING THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR SKIN TONE
By the time winter comes around, there’s a solid chance your complexion may need some correcting. Whether caused by daily UV exposure or aging, dark spots can crop up on your skin. Thankfully, winter provides the perfect opportunity to get to work on evening out the appearance of your skin tone.
In both the morning and night, try using a dark spot correcting serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector. This dark spot corrector can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve overall skin quality. At night, use the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads. Formulated with glycolic acid, these peel pads can help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Ready for more winter beauty advice? Check out our 10 Cold Weather Beauty Hacks to Add to Your Winter Skin Care Routine.