Which Skincare Products Are Essential?

With all the skincare advice on the internet, finding the right skincare products can feel overwhelming instead of easier. Truth is, just a few key products are all you need to see results—along with the right ingredients and a handful of skincare tips on how to apply them. Here, we’ve broken down three common skin conditions based on what people search for time and time again—along with the tried-and-true solutions you can take all the way to your vanity.

 IF YOU HAVE DEHYDRATED SKIN…

What it is:

Dry skin that lacks sufficient oil, you’re born with. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a temporary condition in which skin lacks water. Long-haul flights, a diet short on fresh veggies and fruits and an overabundance of caffeine and alcohol can lead to dehydrated skin. Skin can become itchy, stinging or red—signs that your skin’s natural moisture barrier has become compromised, leading to irritation. Congested pores and even clusters of fine lines can be clues that your complexion is crying out for a virtual glass of water.

What to do about it:

Naturally found in the body’s skin tissue, hyaluronic acid (HA) is responsible for skin’s cushy suppleness, but it depletes as we age. The powerful humectant is known to hold one thousand times its weight in water. Thankfully, HA can be found in topical serums and moisturizers and is safe for all skin types. Start with a daily hydrating serum, which contains smaller molecules that can penetrate to deeper layers of the skin. After washing, allow your face to dry completely, and then apply a pea-size amount and pat on evenly. While serums deliver active ingredients, you’ll still want to follow up with a moisturizer to boost hydration in the outer skin layer. Try L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Hyaluronic Acid Serum and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift LZR Day Cream.

IF YOU HAVE DULL SKIN…

What it is:

Just like the hair you shed, your skin is constantly turning over skin cells, replacing dead ones with the newbs responsible for a healthy glow. That process can be interrupted and lead to a lack of radiance, whether you’re 25 or 55. Firstly, if you aren’t exfoliating regularly, dead skin cells pile up, and your complexion lacks a smooth surface to reflect luminosity from your surroundings. Secondly, as skin matures, microcirculation and the ability to replenish cells become sluggish, and skin actually becomes less translucent. 

What to do about it:

Regardless of age, exfoliation is the answer! For younger skin, a cleansing clay mask draws out the debris that could be blocking the way to luminous skin. Use this mask weekly, and apply all over or just in the T-zone, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes before washing it away. For more mature skin, lipohydroxy acid, or LHA, is a gentler derivative of salicylic acid and can stimulate sluggish collagen and elastin to start regenerating once again. Daily moisturizing creams containing leave-on exfoliants gently and cumulatively help skin return to its natural lustre. Try L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Cleansing Mask for Dull Skin or L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Day Cream.

IF YOU HAVE MATURE SKIN…

What it is:

Menopause is like a badge of honour, but there are visible skin changes that you may not be as excited to wear. Skin slows down the production of collagen—often referred to as the scaffolding that holds up the architecture of the skin. Translation? Sagging. Hormonal changes associated with menopause will show marked dryness even in those who are not used to parched skin, and sun-related pigmentation that comes from daily walks or driving may appear more blotchy.

What to do about it:

Anti-aging skincare to the rescue! To reverse excess dryness, look for a day and night cream that offer 24 hours of round-the-clock hydration. Key ingredients like soy seed proteins help improve skin’s elasticity and reduce the look of age spots. Try L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Base Moisturizer (Day/Night). For deeper wrinkles and sagging, a collagen-boosting formula helps plump with intense hydration from within for a more cushioned appearance. Now, how to apply moisturizer? We recommend massaging in concentric circles for an extra dose of rejuvenation. Try L’Oréal Paris Collagen Moisture Filler.

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