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The winter has its upsides, holidays and hot cocoa among them, but it isn’t always kind to your complexion. As the air outside gets cold and dry, your skin can follow suit, becoming drier, too. We’re sure you know the feeling of waking up on a chilly morning with dry skin that’s uncomfortable and worst of all, flaking. Throughout the coldest season, dead skin cells can build up on skin’s surface, resulting in a complexion that feels dry and looks dull. No thanks! That’s where adding exfoliation into your skin care routine comes into play. In the winter, your skin care product needs go beyond facial cleanser and moisturizer. You should consider using a face scrub or another exfoliating method to remove surface skin buildup and softer-feeling, smoother-looking skin. Now that we’ve affirmed exfoliating is essential in the winter, we’re ready to reveal our favorite exfoliating tips and best exfoliators.
Contrary to popular belief, exfoliating isn’t always a no-brainer. Check out our best tips on the subject.
Exfoliating tip #1: Consider different kinds of exfoliation. You’re likely familiar with face scrubs, exfoliating cleansers, and even exfoliating face masks, but let us remind you those aren’t the only ways to exfoliate. You can also use a chemical exfoliator, formulated with an AHA or BHA, or an exfoliating tool, like a cleansing brush.
Exfoliating tip #2: Don’t forget about your body. Your face isn’t the only spot that’s dying to say goodbye to dead skin cells. Your body wants in on the action, too. Suds up a loofah or break out a body scrub to pay your body the same attention as you do your face.
Exfoliating tip #3: Always follow with moisturizer. You know that you should always moisturize after cleansing, and the same goes for exfoliating. Once you’ve finished sloughing away dead skin cells, apply a moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
Exfoliating Tip #4: Find the right frequency. Exfoliating is not a one size fits all activity. While some skin types can handle daily exfoliation, others may be better suited to only exfoliating their skin once a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you.
We couldn’t leave you without sharing a few of our favorite ways to exfoliate this winter.
L’Oréal Paris Pure Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub: This face scrub provides gentle yet effective exfoliation for glowing, baby-soft skin on both face and lips. It’s formulated with finely ground acai and nutrient-rich grapeseed and monoi oils, along with three sugars. Immediately after use, skin feels smoother and looks glowing. With continued use over time, skin looks rebalanced and glowing with a more refined texture.
L’Oréal Paris Pure Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub: Get your green on by using this green face scrub formulated with kiwi and three types of sugar to gently yet effectively exfoliate the surface of skin and purify the look of skin. Immediately, skin looks smooth and glowing.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: Daily wear and tear—makeup and improper care—can leave skin looking uneven with roughness and imperfections. When a facial cleanser isn’t enough to solve this problem, look to a face mask. Formulated with yuzu lemon extract, this face mask can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, shed rough, dead skin cells from the surface of skin, clarify tone, and improve skin texture.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: This clay facial cleanser goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate and unclog pores for skin that feels smoother. It leaves pores looking tighter and minimized, with imperfections less visible. Once a day, at night, squeeze some facial cleanser into your hands and add water to watch it transform from clay to mousse. Gently massage onto your face using circular motions to exfoliate, then rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads: These nightly peel pads, formulated with glycolic acid, are formulated to help resurface dull, uneven skin tone and rough texture to reveal youthful-looking skin. Just make sure to take sun protection measures in the morning, as AHAs like glycolic acid can leave your skin sensitive to the sun. In the morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed, limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade, and cover up exposed areas.
Want to know what else your skin needs in the winter? Head on over to our article, How to Pamper Dry Skin in Winter.