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During crazy-hectic days, you may think that applying a moisturizer is a totally unnecessary step in your skin care routine. But it turns out that you should really be moisturizing your complexion every day, twice a day—no matter the weather. It's all about finding a moisturizer that's right for your skin type. Looking for a lightweight option could be a good idea, so consider trying a water-based moisturizer. Below, learn about the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius line of water-based moisturizers, then try our seven hacks for using a water-based moisturizer.
Ready to find the right moisturizer for your skin type? Try one of the following water-based moisturizers from L’Oréal Paris. They’re all formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin: In normal and oily skin, external factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can end up looking 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 for Normal/Dry Skin: Normal and dry skin faces external factors like 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 surface can lose its glow, becoming dull-looking. Immediately after using this water-based moisturizer, skin appears radiant and more luminous.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin: Extra dry skin has a very fragile skin 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.
Ready to add a water-based moisturizer to your skin care routine? Try the following moisturizer hacks to get the most out of your product.
Water-based moisturizer hack #1: Use it after cleansing. Like we told you earlier (and really, like we’ve told you time and time again), moisturizing should be a non-negotiable step in your daily skin care routine, regardless of the time of year—or your skin type. The same rule applies to cleansing. This summer, why not try a clay cleanser before applying your water-based moisturizer? Pick from one of the following three options from L’Oréal Paris. Each one is formulated with three different clays and formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: This clay cleanser purifies skin of dirt, oil, and pollution for a smoother feel. It’s suitable for oily to combination skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser: Suitable for all skin types, this clay cleanser leaves skin with a clean, clear look and a matte finish.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser: Skin looks revitalized with a fresh glow immediately after using this clay cleanser, which is suitable for all skin types.
Once a day, squeeze your clay cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform the cleanser from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanse onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Water-based moisturizer hack #2: Choose one with a matte finish. When it comes to picking out a water-based moisturizer, it’s important to take your skin type into consideration. What works best for dry skin may not be the best choice for oily skin. That being said, if you live somewhere that gets humid and you notice that your complexion tends to look greasy come midday, you may want to consider reaching for a water-based moisturizer that has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin.
Water-based moisturizer hack #3: Store it in the fridge. One of our favorite skin care tips? That would have to be storing certain skin care products in the refrigerator! Dr. Rocio Rivera, head of scientific communications for L’Oréal Paris, says that you can store the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin in your fridge for a refreshing feeling. This isn’t the only product you can stash in your refrigerator for a cool treat. (Read this article to learn what other skin care goodies you can keep in there and how to apply them.)
Water-based moisturizer hack #4: Apply it to damp skin. Once you’re done cleansing, don’t completely dry off with your towel. Instead, blot your skin gently with a towel, then apply your water-based moisturizer to damp skin, as this can help lock in hydration. You can use the same guidelines for applying body lotion: Blot yourself dry after toweling post-shower, then apply a body lotion while your skin is still damp.
Water-based moisturizer hack #5: Follow up with broad-spectrum sunscreen. After applying water-based moisturizer as part of your morning skin care routine, it’s time to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen—as well as take a few other sun protection measures—before heading out for the day. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed. In addition to that, you should reapply at least every two—or immediately after swimming or sweating. The FDA also advises other sun protection measures such as limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Sun protection should be part of your skin care routine year-round, but we totally get that you’ll be thinking about it more often when it’s super-sunny outside or you’re heading on vacation. That being said, it’s important to stick to good sun care habits no matter what time of year it is, so keep these tips handy rain or shine!
Water-based moisturizer hack #6: Give your skin a refresh after a flight. If you’re traveling somewhere by airplane, keep a water-based moisturizer handy so that you can apply one after you land, as the dry cabin air can leave your complexion in need of a refresh. Before applying your water-based moisturizer, wipe your skin clean with a no-rinse cleansing option such as micellar water.
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. Just saturate a cotton pad with your micellar
water of choice and wipe the pad across your face. Then, apply your water-based moisturizer, smoothing it over your face and neck.
Water-based moisturizer hack #7: Follow up with self-tanner. Want a dose of golden color? It’s time to get your self-tanner game on! But before you apply self-tanner, it’s a good idea to follow a few key prep steps—including applying an oil-free moisturizer beforehand. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin are both oil-free, so pick which one suits your skin type before applying self-tanner. Here, step-by-step instructions for using the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum on your face. Use the self-tanning serum daily for three consecutive days to achieve a tan that lasts for up to two weeks.
Step 1: Exfoliate. Exfoliation can help ensure a smooth, even application of your self-tanner.
Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer. Now’s the time to reach for your water-based moisturizer!
Step 3: Apply your self-tanning serum. Put it on evenly, making sure to bring the color down to your neck—if you don’t do this, this can be a dead giveaway that your tan is fake!
Step 4: Wash your hands. Suds up to help prevent your hands looking darker than the rest of the areas where you’ve applied self-tanner.
Step 5: Let your skin dry. Don’t get dressed or put on makeup until your skin has completely dried. When using self-tanner, it’s all about playing the waiting game.
Want even more tips for using a water-based moisturizer as part of your daily skin care routine? We’ve got you covered! Read our article, Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration, for 12 more tips on how to use a water-based moisturizer for skin that looks and feels its best.