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Dirt, excess oils, and impurities can build up on the surface of your skin throughout the day—which means it’s important to end your skin care routine with as fresh of a face as possible, especially if you have oily skin. If you don’t use a facial cleanser to wash your face before going to bed, all of those impurities that have built up can clog your pores, which can lead to breakouts, blackheads, as well as a shinier-looking complexion. Um, not exactly our idea of fun! Caring for oily skin before bed doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Below, find an easy nighttime skin care routine designed for oily skin, with tips on finding the right makeup remover, facial cleanser, face mask, and moisturizer for your skin type.
The first step in your nighttime skin care routine should be removing makeup. An easy way to do that is with micellar water. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. Look for a micellar water that is formulated for oily skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies. Saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water, then sweep it across your face until your makeup is totally gone. Keep the bottle of micellar water along with a pack of cotton pads near your bed so that you can easily access it.
Just like you shouldn’t go to sleep angry, you shouldn’t let your head hit the pillow if your oily skin isn’t completely clean. Oftentimes, you may find that one round of cleansing isn’t enough—which is why you might want to consider double cleansing as part of your nighttime skin care routine if you have oily skin. After you’re done wiping your face with micellar water, pick up a clay facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser Formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse, this clay facial cleanser removes everyday impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying it. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and left with a clean, clear look. Skin also feels purer with a matte finish. Before bed, squeeze the facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Face masks aren’t only a part of the spa experience—you can also use one as part of your nighttime skin care routine for oily skin a few times a week. Sit down with a calming cup of tea, kick up your feet, and applying the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask to your skin post-cleansing. Formulated with three types of clay and eucalyptus leaf extract, this face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the appearance of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. For best results, use three times a week. (To learn how to add a charcoal mask to your skin care routine, read Our Best Charcoal Mask: It's Time to Brighten Up!)
News flash! All skin types need to use moisturizer—and that includes oily skin. Remember: If oily skin is overly dried out by skin care products and other methods, it will compensate for the by producing more oil, which can leave you looking overly shiny. So, look for a lightweight facial moisturizer specifically formulated for oily skin. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration with a matte finish. Smooth it onto your face and neck as the lest step in your nighttime skin care routine for oily skin. Now go ahead and catch those Zzz’s!
For more advice on caring for oily skin, check out Our Best Skin Care Products for Oily Skin.