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Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration

Skin Care Essentials

Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration

Maintaining a consistent skin care routine is a must if you want to achieve beautiful-looking skin. And one of the most basic steps you can take every day (morning and night!) is to apply moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated. Here, learn all about why skin hydration plays an important role in how your skin looks, find a water-based moisturizer for your skin type, and learn simple tips for helping to maintain your skin’s hydration. Ready for your lesson on skin hydration? Let’s get started!


Think about what your skin looks like after you’ve hydrated it with moisturizer. Now, think about what it looks like when you skip out on this step in your skin care routine. Continuous hydration is key to beautiful-looking skin, which is why using moisturizer should be top of mind while you’re caring for your skin.


Not all moisturizers are the same. In fact, there are plenty of different types out there for you to choose from. They range from lightweight water-based ones to heavier lotions and creams. It’s all about finding one that’s best suited to your skin type and specific needs. What works for oily skin may not work for dry skin, and vice versa. Today, we’re here to tell you all about water-based formulas. Without further ado…


Do you drink plenty of H2O throughout the day? That’s great! Now take that same concept and apply it to your skin care routine. Consider using a water-based moisturizer for a refreshing boost of skin hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care line features three water-based moisturizers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Find the right one for your skin type below—and go ahead and plump up your skin with hydration!

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin: Thought you could skip out on using moisturizer if you had oily skin? Think again! In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can start to look overly shiny. This water-based moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of excess shine and has a matte finish.

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin: If you have dry skin, chances are you already use moisturizer consistently. That’s because normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin's surface loses its glow, becoming dull-looking. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving the look of skin’s radiance. Nice to see you again, glow!

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin: When it comes to extra dry skin, it’s all about finding a moisturizer that can help provide comfort. Your skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.


Now that you’ve passed our lesson on skin hydration 101, it’s time to put your knowledge to good use. These tips can help make hydrating your complexion easier, so commit them to memory!

Skin hydration tip #1: Use a gentle cleanser before moisturizing

The first step in your morning and evening routines should be cleansing your skin. Pick up a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, while the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe the pad across your face. Voila!

Skin hydration tip #2: Pick a water-based moisturizer formulated for your skin type

As we told you earlier, water-based moisturizes can provide long-lasting hydration to your complexion. Reach for one that suits your skin type and apply it after cleansing morning and night.

Skin hydration tip #3: Apply moisturizer when you’re still damp

Speaking of applying moisturizer, it’s not solely about finding the right moisturizer for your skin type—it’s also about how you use it. So, don’t towel dry when you’re done cleansing. Instead, apply your moisturizer to damp skin to help lock in hydration. Use the same tactic when you hop out of the shower and apply body lotion directly to your damp skin.

Skin hydration tip #4: Pay particular attention to areas that tend to get dry

Your knees, elbows, and feet are all areas that have a tendency to be on the drier side. So, when you’re applying body lotion, keep that in mind. To give your toes (and feet) a special overnight treat, apply a body lotion before bed, then put socks on. And don’t forget about your hands! You put them through a lot each day, so stock up on hand cream. You can also grab a multi-tasking moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face/Neck/Chest/Hands, to hydrate your hands, neck, chest, and face. Your lips are another area that could use a little TLC. Stash a tube of lip balm in your purse so that you can hydrate your pout on the go—this is an especially good idea before applying lipstick.

Skin hydration tip #5: Be gentle when applying moisturizer

Easy does it! There’s no need to aggressively rub your moisturizer onto your skin. Instead, gently smooth it over your face.

Skin hydration tip #6: Remember the saying “less is more”

How much moisturizer do you actually need to apply? Check out the directions on the packaging and stick to that—typically, a coin-sized amount should be enough to cover your entire face. You can always add more if you need it!

Skin hydration tip #7: Turn down the dial in the shower

While showering in super-hot water might feel really relaxing in the moment, it’s not exactly the greatest thing in the world in terms of skin care. That’s because hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving you feeling dry. The next time you’re ready to shower, do so in lukewarm water instead.

Skin hydration tip #8: Extend your moisturizer past your jawline

If you only pay attention to your face as far as your skin care routine goes, make it a goal to show your neck and chest some love as well. When you’re applying moisturizer, be sure to extend it past your jawline to help hydrate your neck and chest, too.

Skin hydration tip #9: Switch things up based on the season

The moisturizer you use in the winter may not do the trick in the summer. For example, you may find that your skin is drier in the winter (you can thank the low moisture levels in the air for that!)—and that means that a rich, thick cream could help provide much-needed hydration. But in the summer when it’s hot and sticky outside, you may find that a lightweight face lotion is all you need to help keep your skin hydrated. Additionally, you may even find it useful to use a moisturizer with a matte finish if you tend to look overly oily this time of year. Going on vacation? Think about the climate you’re traveling to: If you’re hitting up a tropical locale, for example, a lightweight moisturizer with a matte finish could be the perfect travel companion. Meanwhile, if you’re going to a ski resort, it might make more sense to reach for a thicker moisturizer.

Skin hydration tip #10: Spritz on a facial mist

Does your complexion look like it needs a midday hydration boost? Stash a facial mist in your tote so that you can spray one on throughout the day. We love the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi-Shake and Glow Dew Mist, which awakens skin with a healthy boost of hydration for a dewy glow.

Skin hydration tip #11: Check the labels if you have sensitive skin

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, ingredients such as alcohol and fragrance can be irritating to sensitive skin—so if this is your skin type, read the label before using a new moisturizer.

Skin hydration tip #12: Take your skin care routine seriously

While we all slip up from time to time—seriously, no one’s perfect—try sticking to your skin care routine. Cleanse and moisturize morning and night to help keep your complexion hydrated and happy.

Skin hydration tip #13: Use a face serum

A face serum may be a skin care product you’re overlooking. A serum can help replenish moisture, so this is a step worth including in your routine. We recommend using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to do just that. This hyaluronic acid serum deeply replenishes hydration for skin that’s glowing with moisture. Smooth it onto cleansed skin morning and night before following up with your moisturizer.


Congratulations: You’re officially a pro when it comes to skin hydration! As you now know, using a moisturizer as well as taking a few other simple steps can help you keep your complexion hydrated—and hydrated skin = gorgeous skin.

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