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Who says you can only make resolutions for the new year? We happen to think that a new season is as good a time as any to introduce a few new goals—especially ones for your complexion. As the seasons change, you may find that your skin has different needs, making this the perfect opportunity to switch things up. If you find yourself a little less than pleased with your skin’s appearance—or you’re simply bored with your current skin care routine—pick a resolution to commit to as the weather transitions from summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring, and spring to summer. Not sure where to start? We’ve got eight skin care resolution suggestions for you, below.
It’s never too late to clean out your beauty stash. While collecting and displaying your beauty products might make your vanity look chic, it’s a good idea to toss anything that’s past its expiration date. Check the labels on your products to see how long they’re typically good to use—and in the future, label new products with the date you started using them so that you don’t lose track of the time.
News flash: You should actually take sun protection measures year-round—not just in the summer. Let starting a consistent sun protection routine be one of your skin care resolutions this year. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 higher daily and reapply every two hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30.
But your work doesn’t end there. According to the FDA, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during its peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-protecting sunglasses. An excuse to buy a few cute accessories and clothes? We’ll take it! (Try these skin care hacks to help you stay sun safe this summer.)
If you’re dedicating yourself to a gym routine, you might be in for some serious sweating this summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should cleanse your skin twice a day—once in the morning and once at night—but also after sweating heavily. Keep a micellar water on hand, stowed away in your gym bag, for the perfect on-the-go cleanser option. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oils, and makeup up and away from your skin—no rinsing required. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Pick the one that suits your skin type, and simply saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe it across your skin when needed. No need to find a nearby sink—score!
Exfoliating should play a role in just about any skin care routine. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, and this buildup can make your skin look dull. Of course, you don’t want to go overboard with exfoliating. How often you should do so varies by individual. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others may only be able to handle doing so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds after using an exfoliating scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Go 360 ° Deep Clean Exfoliating Scrub, to determine what works best for you.
Your face isn’t the only area that can benefit from a little exfoliating. Keep your shower stocked with an exfoliator as well, and pay particular attention to areas that tend to get dry and flaky, like your knees, ankles, and elbows. Exfoliating before self-tanner application can be useful, as it can help prevent color from going on patchy. And after all, don’t you want your fake tan to look believable? Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum after exfoliating and moisturizing your body for a pretty, bronzed glow. (Here’s how to exfoliate from head to toe.)
It turns out there’s a benefit to taking cooler showers. Hot water can actually strip your skin of essential oils, which can lead to your skin feeling drier. That’s why it’s a good idea to switch to showering in lukewarm water instead. (Turn your shower into a spa-like experience by following these tips.)
We get it: Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long, hard day is to deal with one more thing before you crawl beneath the sheets for the night. Piling one extra task onto your plate might sound unfeasible, we know—but that’s why we promise we’ll keep this one simple. Before you start catching that much-needed shut eye, it’s important to remove your makeup.
Sleeping in your makeup is a definite skin care no-no. That’s because your makeup can mix with the dirt and oils on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Make removing your makeup easy by leaving a no-rinse cleansing option, like makeup removing towelettes, by your bed—that way you won’t even need to go to the bathroom sink to do anything. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes, which gently yet effectively remove all traces of dirt, impurities, and makeup, including waterproof mascara and long wear makeup.
Just remember to follow up with a moisturizer afterwards. Need an option for summer? Reach for a water-based moisturizer for a boost of hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
You’ve already committed to quite a few skin care resolutions relating to your face and the rest of your body—but don’t neglect your lips! Dry lips can be super-uncomfortable—plus, applying lipstick over that dryness won’t exactly result in a gorgeous look. Keep lip balms stocked in your purse, gym bag, office, and makeup bag so that you can easily apply one whenever needed. Don’t forget to look for one that’s formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF. (This is how to take care of dry lips during the summer.)
Simplifying your skin care routine is practical—and that can be an easy task if you decide to use multitasking skin care products. The good news is, you’ve got plenty of options.
To illuminate + correct…try the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector. Daily UV exposure and age can result in the look of dull, uneven skin tone and the appearance of discolorations like dark spots. This serum helps illuminate skin immediately and reduce the appearance of dark spots with continued use over time. Apply it to your face morning and night after cleansing—and make sure to follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the A.M.
To smooth + protect…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur Oil-Free: This instant skin smoother finishing cream is formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 30. You can use it as the last step in your skin care routine before moving onto makeup—or you can wear it alone over cleansed skin. Perfect for those lazy summer days!
To color correct + perfect…try the L’Oréal Paris Magic Anti-Redness BB Cream. This multitasking BB cream has a green tint that transforms into a universal shade once you apply it. It helps neutralize the look of redness, corrects the look of skin, hydrates for all-day moisture, and perfects the look of your complexion.
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