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As the seasons change, so will your wardrobe, your favorite foods, your home décor—and possibly even your skin care routine, too. While adjusting your skin care routine to complement certain seasonal factors that can impact your skin is a good idea, there are some constants that are worth keeping up with all year. While you may want to switch to a foaming facial cleanser and mattifying face mask when the weather gets warmer, here are the skin care routine steps (and skin care products) you should stick with once the snow melts and the ground thaws.
Broad-spectrum sunscreen application is just as important in the winter months as it is in the summer. But it is also a skin care step worth keeping throughout the spring and fall seasons as well. That’s because spending prolonged periods of time in the sun sans protection can lead to the appearance of visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots, down the road. Keep things simple by reaching for a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, and apply it as directed. Your daily sun protection routine shouldn’t end there, though. No matter what season it is, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade whenever you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
You may not have to keep layering your clothes this spring or summer—unless you like to blast the AC—but you should consider continuing to layer your moisturizing skin care products once winter ends. One of the skin care products that can really make a difference in how your complexion appears is moisturizer. No matter your skin type, your skin needs moisture. And of course, there are different skin care products that can complement your skin’s specific needs, but in general applying a face serum or hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer before your day or night cream can take your skin care routine up a notch. To see for yourself, try incorporating the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin into your skin care routine.
The skin around your eyes and lips can become very dry. This is partly due to the fact that your skin’s oil-producing glands are not heavily concentrated in these areas. So, the skin around your eyes and lips may need a little extra attention and nourishment. Gently dab on an eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream, in the corners of your eyes and underneath your eyes, in a C-like shape, in the morning and at night after cleansing. Eye creams are typically formulated to address signs of skin aging around your eyes, including crow’s feet and under-eye puffiness. To pamper your lips all year, exfoliate them with a scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, twice a week, and apply lip balm whenever your lips need hydration.
Your skin may be dry in the winter due to the elements and dead skin cells piling up on skin’s surface. It’s important to exfoliate all year, because your skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells from skin’s surface can slow down causing them to pile up and bury younger, brighter cells. Typically, exfoliating two to three times a week can help remove these surface cells revealing a brighter and more radiant appearance over time. Refine your skin’s surface by using a chemical or mechanical exfoliating method. A chemical exfoliating option includes a pre-soaked glycolic acid peel pad, which can be texturized to further encourage exfoliation, as seen with the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads. The peel pads work to gently dissolve away dead skin cells on skin’s surface with just a few simple swipes across your face. Use a peel pad nightly on clean skin—and make sure to take proper sun protection measures in the morning, as glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity. You could also opt for a mechanical exfoliator, i.e. a face scrub. To give mechanical exfoliation a go, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, which leaves skin feeling purified and clean and looking glowing.
Keep up the gift giving spirit by giving your skin the attention it needs all year round. Make the time to fit in a morning and nighttime skin care routine every day. If you don’t have a ton of time, be sure to cleanse and moisturize with a day cream that’s formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning. And, remove your makeup, cleanse, and replenish your skin with a moisturizing night cream at bedtime. When you have a little extra time, reward yourself and your skin by applying a face mask, applying your moisturizer with facial massage techniques, or giving yourself an at-home facial. To make sure you’re well-equipped for your DIY spa night, stock your vanity with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask.
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