When it comes to putting together a skin care routine, the recommendations can often seem to be pretty endless, right? With so much information out there, it can be difficult to determine which moisturizer is best for oily skin or whether or not you really need to use broad-spectrum sunscreen every day of the year. Not sure where to start? We asked some of L’Oréal’s beauty editors to share their favorite skin care tips and skin care products. Check ‘em out below!
Skin Care Tip #1: Find a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen That You Love and Stock Up on It
You should apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily as directed right after moisturizer. This is one of the best ways to help protect your skin from the sun—and as you may already know, spending prolonged periods of time in the sun can lead to visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots, appearing down the road. Of course, wearing sunscreen isn’t the only sun protection step you should take—you should also limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade, and cover up exposed areas when you’re outside. One of the best ways to cut down on the number of steps in your skin care routine is to use a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer with SPF 30. Stock up on your favorite so that you don’t have to leave the house without wearing sunscreen.
Skin Care Tip #2: Always Take Your Makeup Off Before Bed
Sleeping in your makeup can clog pores, and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Not what you want! If you get pretty lazy (because let’s be real, we all do sometimes), keep a bottle of micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, and cotton pads near your bed so that you can easily take your foundation and mascara off even when you’re struggling to stay awake.
Skin Care Tip #3: Stick to a Consistent Skin Care Routine
We all get impatient, but oftentimes it can take a few weeks after you add new skin care products to your regimen for you to see any noticeable results. It’s ideal to stick to a consistent skin care routine in order to reap the rewards.
Skin Care Tip #4: Apply Moisturizer to Damp Skin
Don’t dry your face completely after cleansing. Smoothing moisturizer onto damp skin can help lock in hydration and leave your complexion feeling soft, smooth, and comfortable. Try this tip with a water-based 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.
Skin Care Tip #5: Put Your Skin Care Products on in the Correct Order
How you apply your skin care products matters! You should layer all of your skin care products on from lightest to heaviest. Meaning: Serum and facial oil should be applied before moisturizer, as they generally have a lighter consistency.
Skin Care Tip #6: Use Antioxidants Sooner Rather Than Later
If there’s one skin care product you should consider adding to your skin care routine prior to your 30s, it’s a serum formulated with vitamin C, an antioxidant. According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin C can help protect your skin from free radicals (ICYMI, free radicals can lead to future visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots showing up on your skin.)
Skin Care Tip #7: Don’t Be Afraid of Acids
For many of us, the thought of using skin care products formulated with acids might sound scary—but that doesn’t need to be the case. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) specifically can help to chemically exfoliate the surface of your skin, leaving you with a more radiant-looking complexion. The L’Oréal Paris’ RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are formulated with one such AHA, glycolic acid. With continued use over time, they can help to brighten the appearance of skin and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Just make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in the morning as directed, as AHAs can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
For more skin care advice, here’s How to Make the Most of Your Beauty Sleep.