Growing up, I watched my mom go through dozens and dozens of skin care products and never understood why. But as I got older and started wearing make-up, I realized that my skin isn’t as resistant as I thought it was. Covering it up with heavy foundation made it worse, and I knew I needed to get down to the root of the problem. For me, investing in the right skincare products has meant having healthier skin, spending less on make-up, and feeling more confident. L’Oréal has sent me some products from their new Hydra-Total 5 line to review and test out. Here’s the 5 steps to help you find your daily cleansing ritual:
Step 1: Figure out what type of skin you have.
Generally, there are 4 types of skin types that depends on the oils in your skin and also the weather.
Normal Skin: is when your skin is not too dry and not too oily (in other words, you hit the skin jackpot). You rarely get pimples, blemishes or any other issues with your skin, but obviously, you still do need to take care of it!
Oily Skin: is when your skin is shiny and more susceptible to pimples and blackheads. Your pores are larger so it’s easier for dirt to clog
Dry Skin: is when your skin easily cracks, peels, or gets red blemishes. It’s harder for your skin to absorb moisture so it can become itchy and stiff.
Combination Skin: is when your skin is normal/dry in some areas, and oily in your T-Zone (nose, forehead, and chin). This is the category that my skin type falls into, so I asked L’Oréal to send me their Ultra-Fresh products specifically targeted for normal to combination skin.
If your skin is extremely sensitive and irritable, you should definitely see a dermatologist and get expert advice on how to take care of your skin!
Step 2: Wash your face.
Face wash cleanses all the dirt off your skin and tightens your pores. I wash my face twice a day, but if you have dry skin, I would recommend just once a day, because hot water and soap dry out your skin even more. Personally (and for those of you who have more sensitive skin), I prefer to use make-up remover and then a milder wash. The Hydra-Total face wash was a bit too harsh for my skin, especially with the colder weather we’ve had the past few months, but it was great and convenient for getting rid of all my make-up in one go.
Step Three: Use toner.
Because face wash tightens up your pores, it makes it difficult for your skin to receive hydration post-wash. Toner is essential for bringing your skin’s pH balance back up to a place where lotion is actually useful. L’Oreal’s toner has extra cleansing and make-up removing aspects, which I felt like would be more suitable to skin on the oiler side, but I loved how fresh and bright it made my skin feel.
Step Four: Moisturize.
When you wash your face, it strips off a layer of oil, so you need to replenish it regardless of what skin type you have. If you have oiler skin, look for lotion-based moisturizers, and if you have dry skin, look for cream-based moisturizers. The Ultra-Fresh moisturizer is a gel-cream, and gel based moisturizers are more geared towards oily skin and is great if you’re looking for a dewy finish. I needed something with a bit more hydration in it, but trying out different products is part of the process of finding out what your skin needs.
Step 5: Use sunscreen.
If there is only one thing you do to take care of your skin, this is it. You need to protect your skin from UV rays, regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside and regardless of how great your skin looks right now. Not only does it prevent skin cancer, but it also helps your skin age well. There are sunscreens specific for your face, but regular sunscreen or moisturizer-sunscreen combos are great if you have normal to dry skin. If you have oilier skin, look for oil-free and water-based facial sunscreens that don’t clog up your pores. If you’re using both moisturizer and sunscreen at the same time, put the sunscreen on first to give it time to soak into your skin.
I hope this has been helpful in helping your find your skincare ritual!
This post is sponsored by L’Oréal but all opinions are my own.