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By now, you hopefully know how important it is to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. But that’s not the only sun protection measure—or skin care step—you should take before heading out for a trip to the pool or beach. And caring for your skin after spending time in the sun is a whole other matter. Below, we’re breaking down your pre- and post-sun skin care routines for the summer months and beyond. Go ahead and have fun, while keeping your complexion in tip-top shape!
Don’t leave home without working your way through a pre-sun skin care routine.
Step 1: Cleanse your skin. Cleansing should play an important role in your skin care routine. So, before moving onto sunscreen application, make sure to wash away any impurities that have built up on the surface of your skin. Try a clay cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser.
Step 2: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen. You had to know this one was coming. Whether or not you’re going to spending time outside, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher each day as directed and reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating, according to the Food and Drug Administration. And don’t forget about your lips! Reach for a lip balm formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it to your pout—and toss the tube in your bag so that you can reapply throughout the day. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30.
Step 3: Take additional sun protection measures. Applying—and reapplying—sunscreen aren’t the be all, end all of sun protection. On top of wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade, and cover up any exposed areas.
Bonus step: Use self-tanner. Want to fake the look of bronzed, tan skin? Reach for a self-tanner before you go out. Try the quick and convenient L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body. Just remember to exfoliate before use to help ensure a smooth, even application.
A long day under spent in the surf and the sand may have tired you out, but it’s not quite time to relax just. First, go ahead and take care of your skin.
Step 1: Cleanse your skin. Time to cleanse again! This time around, reach for a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option such as micellar water. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water for Normal to Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice, then simply wipe the pad across your face.
Step 2: Moisturize. Does your skin seem like it could use a little extra hydration after a long day spent in the sun? Reach for a water-based moisturizer. Choose one from the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care line, which contains three water-based moisturizers formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin helps reduce the appearance of excess shine, the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture and helps improve the look of skin’s radiance, and the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin helps provide comfort.
Step 3: Help relieve a sunburn. Even the best laid plans don’t always go as exactly as expected. That means you can attempt to be diligent when it comes to sun protection, you could still end up with a sunburn. If that happens, one of the easiest ways to help get relief is by taking frequent cold baths and showers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Then, try applying a moisturizer formulated with aloe vera which can help provide soothing relief for sunburns, according to the AAD.
Step 4: Try a tinted BB cream. If your skin looks a touch too red for your liking after a day spent in the sun, smooth on a BB cream with a green tint to help combat the appearance of a rosy complexion. The L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (for All Skin Tones) transforms to a universal shade to help neutralize the look of redness, correct skin color for an even-looking complexion, hydrate for long-lasting moisture, and perfect the appearance of your complexion. (For more tips on how to hide the look of redness, read this article.)
Next up, check out the 6 skin care hacks that will help you stay sun safe this summer.