Your skin is your largest organ—that should be enough to tell you that skin care is important. But still, we know many people assume it isn’t. Others are unsure. Hence the reason “why skin care is important” is one of the top skin-related Google searches. Today, we want to help you understand the value of caring for your complexion. That’s why we’re breaking down five reasons skin care is necessary—for everyone.
Reason #1: If Skipped, It Results In Various Skin Concerns
We’re all bound to deal with skin concerns. They could be long-lasting, or they may come and go quickly. Either way, you probably aren’t a fan. And while certain skin conditions can occur regardless of whether you have a solid skin care routine, others can be caused or exacerbated by not giving your skin the proper TLC. Your complexion can become dull, pores can get clogged, and oiliness can get out of control—to name a few potential concerns.
Acne is another big one. When you don’t cleanse and exfoliate your skin, pores can end up clogged with dirt, debris, and oil. These clogged pores can then result in breakouts. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser is our favorite cleanser for large clogged pores. It goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate skin and unclog and minimize the appearance of pores.
Reason #2: It Allows You To Protect Skin From The Sun
The consequences of not taking care of your skin can go far beyond a little dryness or having the occasional pimple pop up. Sun protection is an important part of any skin care routine. And not only that but failing to partake can result in skin damage and even certain types of skin cancer. You should follow the Food & Drug Administration’s guidelines, and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher every day. It’s also key to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and immediately after sweating or swimming.
If you struggle to make daily sunscreen a habit, try using a moisturizer with SPF. Combining two steps into one streamlines your morning routine and makes it a little easier to remember to protect your skin. We love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, which is formulated with Pro-Retinol and hyaluronic acid and offers anti-aging benefits. It visibly reduces wrinkles and firms and brightens skin in just one week.
Reason #3: It Helps You Feel More Confident In Your Own Skin
Like it or not, confidence is often connected to appearance. And if taking care of your skin in order to banish breakouts makes you feel more confident, we say, why wouldn’t you?
Beyond helping with confidence, your skin can also be a reflection of how you feel. When you’re feeling sluggish and tired, dark circles and bags can appear under your eyes. While skin care won’t make you more well-rested, it can make you look that way. And that, in turn, can be a bit of mood booster. The same applies when you aren’t feeling your best. Your skin’s natural glow may not be on the scene, but a hydrating skin oil or serum can help bring it back.
Reason #4: It Makes Your Skin Feel More Comfortable
Comfort is something we all want more of. It’s evident in the way we seek out cozy blankets and slippers and by the mass appeal of comfort foods. It also applies to your skin. An uncomfortable complexion can be a nuisance, but it’s one that you can easily address. Offering your face a set of fleece pajamas (another comforting fave) won’t do the trick—skin care will.
Your skin can become dry and uncomfortable when overheated as well as after harsh cleansing or using irritating formulas. This is when you seek out skin care products that help provide comfort. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, which is truly kind to skin. After enjoying its gentle exfoliation, skin is left baby-soft, smooth, and comforted.
When feeling hot is causing your discomfort, turn to the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Cooling Night Moisturizer. This mature skin moisturizer immediately cools skin and makes it feel moisturized and nourished.
Reason #5: It Carves Out Time For Self-Care
No matter how busy your life is or how many other people you have to take care of, self-care is essential. Even if you can only snag a few minutes of me-time here and there, you have to make the most of it. What counts as a great self-care session varies from person to person. For some, it’s taking a quick nap. For others, it’s watching their favorite guilty pleasure TV show. And for a lot of people, it’s skin care-related. Face masks, in particular, are a popular way to treat yourself and your skin at the same time.
One of the best things about the connection between skin care and self-care is that you don’t necessarily need to make it an entirely separate activity. Following your daily skin care routine can be a form of self-care on its own. The few minutes it takes to cleanse your skin and apply your moisturizer are just for you. You can also look for products that turn necessary skin care steps into pampering ones. For example, the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel serves as your eye cream, but it also has a rollerball wand that’s perfect for treating your under-eye area to a mini face massage.