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Everyone’s always buzzing about the trendiest skin care products of the moment, like sheet masks and essences. But sometimes, it just feels so good to go back to basics. That means it’s time stop overlooking some of the tried-and-true products you may have tossed aside recently. Is your foaming face wash collecting dust? Has your lip balm been pushed down to the bottom of your makeup bag? No more! Without further ado, let’s give these underrated skin care products their due!
When it comes to taking care of your skin, you don’t necessarily have to get all fancy. Cleansing your complexion should be part of your morning and nighttime routines—and all you need to do is look for a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type and needs to help keep your skin in tip-top shape. That’s it! Need help finding one? We’ve got you covered!
The L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub helps exfoliate dull, dead skin cells on skin’s surface and is formulated with natural apricot seeds. What’s more, it removes all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup and comes with a soft cleansing disk made from a gentle, flexible material.
The L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin is dermatologist-tested, fragrance-free, and soap-free. It’s specifically designed for those with sensitive skin and helps deeply cleanse and remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and oil without over-drying.
The L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser can help gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup.
The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser can help remove all traces of makeup and impurities. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells and helps enhance facial smoothness and radiance.
The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Daily Scrub Cleanser is formulated with gentle micro-pearls and glycolic acid to help exfoliate the surface of your skin and make it appear brighter.
The L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser helps to lift dirt and impurities off the skin without drying your complexion out.
Toner often gets a bad rap—although it shouldn’t! If you’re afraid to go anywhere near toner, you’re probably thinking of ones that are alcohol-based, which, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, can irritate your skin. But that just means you need to find a toner that’s alcohol-free—and depending on which one you decide to use, it can have quite a few benefits. The L'Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner is 99 percent alcohol-free and has a gentle, non-drying formula. Formulated with beta hydroxy acid, and Pro-Vitamin B5, this toner can help gently sweep away dull, tired-looking skin and protect against moisture loss. Apply it with a cotton ball morning and night after cleansing.
Sleeping in your makeup is a major skin care no-no, since this can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. On those nights when you’re just too exhausted to cleanse your face, makeup removing towelettes can be a skin care savior. If you’ve ever scrubbed and scrubbed until you got every last bit of mascara and eye shadow off, then you’re going to want to turn your attention to this next skin care product. The L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes gently cleanse and remove all makeup—even waterproof mascara. They’re alcohol-free, so they won’t dry out your skin. Plus, makeup removing towelettes are travel-friendly—toss one in your gym bag before or suitcase for an easy on-the-go cleansing option.
Never given much thought to micellar water before? Well, we have a feeling that when we tell you how it works, you’re going to want to hoard a few bottles for yourself. Micellar water is a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option. Although it’s been hugely popular in France for years, people have only begun to catch on stateside recently. Why should you try micellar water, you ask? Because it’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. There’s no rinsing required, so you can just wipe a saturated cotton pad over your face and you’re good to go. Since you don’t need to be anywhere near a sink to use micellar water, this is another great travel beauty pick. And there are plenty of different micellar waters out there for various skin types and needs. 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.
Applying lipstick over dry lips may not exactly result in a look that you’re happy with—especially if you’re wearing a bold or matte hue. Although you may think of lip balm as boring, we happen to believe it’s anything but. It’s a good idea to keep a moisturizing lip balm in your purse so that you can reapply as needed—bonus if it’s got SPF! Which leads us to…
If we had to pick just one skin care product to use each and every day, it’d be broad-spectrum sunscreen hands down. And if you only wear sunscreen when you’re at the beach or lounging poolside, it’s time to change that now. Here’s why: When you spend prolonged periods of time in the sun without wearing protection, this can lead to visible signs of aging down the road, like dark spots and wrinkles. As far as picking out a sunscreen, you should opt for one that has broad-spectrum SPF, since this can help protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that cause damage, while UVB rays are the ones that burn. You can get burned even on cloudy days, which is why it’s so important to apply sunscreen every day of the year, rain or shine. Of course, if you’re a busy bee, you may not have time to layer on a sunscreen after getting through the rest of your skin care routine. If that’s the case, we feel you! Instead, reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen to help make your routine easier.
The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Pro-Retinol, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to help brighten the look of your complexion and protect against UV rays. Apply it 15 minutes before going outside—and bring it with you so that you can reapply every two hours. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reapplying it immediately after sweating or swimming, so keep that in mind.
Applying foundation can be tricky—if you’ve got oily skin, you may notice that your face makeup tends to start to slip halfway through the day. And if you’ve got any imperfections, they may remain visible if you apply your foundation directly to bare skin. That’s where good ol’ primer comes in!
The L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base has a silky, lightweight formula that glides onto skin and helps smooth lines and hide pores with a matte finish. After cleansing and moisturizing, apply the primer dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas (under your eyes to smooth over fine lines, on your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and on your T-Zone for a matte result). You can wear the primer alone or under foundation for a smoother, more even application and wear.
Meanwhile, the L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer is light-infusing primer that can be worn under or mixed in with your foundation for a soft light illusion. You can also use it to highlight specific areas of your face for a sculpted effect. Decided to mix the primer into your foundation? Apply the combo with a makeup sponge, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, using quick dabbing and rolling motions.
Again, especially if you have oily skin, it can be frustrating to notice that your makeup is melting midday. And nobody’s got time for frequent touchups! So, as the final step in your morning beauty routine, spritz on a makeup setting spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Shake the bottle well and hold the can eight to 10 inches away from your face. Spray it four to six times onto your face in an X and T motion to help set your look for the day.
See what you’ve been missing out on? These skin care products may be underrated, but they’re definitely worth adding to your regimen!