The Ultimate Skin Care Guide for the High Maintenance Glamour Girl
Minimalists like to keep things simple and basic, including their skin care routines which often boast no more than three steps. High maintenance girls, on the other hand, are the exact opposite. When it comes to beautifying their skin, time knows no bounds. In fact, a skin routine with 10 steps—a la Korean beauty—or more is what these gals aim to achieve rather than what they seek to avoid. Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading! Below, we’re sharing the ultimate skin care routine for high maintenance girls. Here’s how to care for your skin—from head to toe!—without missing a single beat.
A HIGH MAINTENANCE GIRL’S SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Your friend may swear by her quick, under-five-minute skin care routine, but it’s safe to say that won’t cut it for your taste. In addition to the essentials—hint: cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF—you’ll want to up the results. Ready to show those minimalists what they’re missing? Below, we’re detailing each step of a high maintenance skin care routine with some of our favorite products from Lancôme!
STEP #1: DOUBLE CLEANSE YOUR CANVAS
Why cleanse just once when you can cleanse twice? Double cleansing—a Korean skin care favorite—involves washing your face with an oil-based cleanser first followed by a water-based cleanser. The result is a deeper, more thorough clean. The oil cleanser—applied to dry skin—helps to remove makeup, sunscreen, excess sebum, and other oil-based impurities that may be lingering on your skin. For that step, try Lancôme Crème Douceur. The cream-to-oil formula is a great pick for all skin types. After rinsing with lukewarm water, follow up with a water-based cleanser like Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur. The formula boasts gentle micellar technology to help lift away dirt, sweat, and impurities without needing to rinse.
STEP #2: SLOUGH AWAY DEAD SKIN CELLS
You’ll have a hard time achieving a beautiful, radiant complexion with dead skin cells hanging out on the surface of your skin. Slough away dead surface cells with regular exfoliation, up to twice per week or as tolerated. Exfoliating helps remove unwanted dead skin cells that can clog pores and leave behind a dull looking appearance. For your face, try Lancôme Exfoliance Radiance. It’s formulated with ultra-fine exfoliating grains to help gently slough off dull skin layers and remove impurities. The result? Skin that feels clean and smooth to the touch. For your body, use Lancôme Exfoliant Fraîchelle—a luxurious lathering body scrub—while showering.
STEP #3: TONE
Since applying toner is a non-negotiable step, most minimalist, no-frills skin routines exclude it entirely. However, the same cannot be said about the lengthier, more in-depth routines. Toner can help hydrate skin and remove any excess residue after double cleansing, as well as prep skin for the remaining steps. Soak a cotton pad with Lancôme Tonique Confort and sweep it across your face. Your skin will feel instantly soft and refreshed!
STEP #4: USE AN ESSENCE
Essences can flood the skin with intense hydration (which is never a bad thing!) so why not use them? After toning, press Lancôme Hydra Zen Beauty Essence onto your face and neck. The formula can help skin feel soothed and comfortable.
STEP #5: APPLY SERUM
Serums offer a high concentration of ingredients from vitamins to nutrients to help amplify the hydration benefits of your moisturizer, mattify skin, boost radiance, and more. They can be applied as a spot treatment to target specific concerns or all over the face. If anti-aging is what you’re after, look no further than one of Lancôme’s most popular serums: Advanced Génifique. The formula acts on 10 key signs of youth, including skin texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, clarity, and skin tone.
STEP #6: MOISTURIZE FROM HEAD-TO-TOE
All skin needs daily hydration, regardless of whether it’s acne-prone or sensitive. To moisturize and protect at the same time, reach for a facial moisturizer or day cream with sunscreen, like Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Day Cream with broad-spectrum SPF 15. After showering, reach for a rich body lotion like Lancôme Hydra Fraîchelle. With a nourishing formula of vitamin E, pro vitamin B5 and apricot kernel oil, it envelops skin in a veil of long-lasting hydration so if feels soft and smooth. For best results, apply it onto your skin while it’s slightly damp.
STEP #7: TREAT YOUR EYES
If eyes are the window to the soul, why have wrinkles and fine lines hanging around them? Since the eye contour is notoriously thin and delicate—and prone to signs of aging—it’s worth the extra time spent applying an anti-aging eye cream. Lancôme Rénergie Eye enhances hydration as it helps reduce the look of wrinkles, creepiness, and under-eye sagging.
STEP #8: INCORPORATE A MASK WEEKLY
Depending on your skin type and concerns, a weekly face mask can be beneficial whether you’re looking to add some serious hydration or help cleanse pores. And there’s no shortage of formulas out there, from sheet masks to clay masks and beyond. If you’re itching for a sheet mask, go with Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask. The mask adheres to the contours of your face—similar to a second skin (hence the name!)—for an intensely hydrating, spa-like experience. Don’t forget to snap a scary-faced selfie while it’s on!
STEP #9: TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS
The delicate skin on your lips contains no oil glands, which makes the area more susceptible to uncomfortable dryness and flaking. The solution? Adding moisture, but of course! Keep a nourishing lip balm or conditioner—like Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm—in your purse, on your desk, in your car, and on your nightstand for quick and easy access anywhere and everywhere. The formula combines vitamin E, beeswax, acacia honey, and rosehip seed oil helps to give lips hydration and feel smooth. Apply liberally to keep your pout looking uber-kissable all day long! If you notice a substantial amount of dead skin on the surface, exfoliate your lips with a gentle scrub first.
STEP #10: SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN
The final step of any routine—long or short—should always be an application of broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher. The sun’s harmful UV rays are always at work, which means your skin must be protected year-round when outdoors or next to a window. During the daytime, you can reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF in it or apply a fast-absorbing facial sunscreen like Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+. The oil-free formula helps protect skin against premature signs of aging that exposure to UV rays may contribute to. And since it’s so lightweight, you can even wear it under your makeup!
After all 10 steps, it’s safe to assume that your skin will be looking and feeling its absolute best!