If there’s any one thing you need to know about skin care, it’s that facial cleansers are an absolute necessity. Basically, if you have a face, you need to cleanse it. The thing is, there are quite a few different types of facial cleansers to choose from—in fact, you may not even know what each one is or how to use them. That’s where this handy list comes into play. We’re sharing our favorite cleanser types along with tips on using each one in your skin care routine. Read on to learn about five different ways to cleanse your complexion.
Facial Cleanser #1: Clay Cleanser
If being trendy is what you’re after, then look no further than a clay cleanser, as clay skin care products are having a definite moment these days. The three facial cleansers in the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Cleanser line are formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities from the surface without over-drying skin. Choose from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refiner Cleanser to purify the surface of your skin of dirt, oil, and pollution.
How to use them: Daily, squeeze your clay cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face in circular motions, then rinse and pat dry.
Facial Cleanser #2: Micellar Water
A French-favorite, 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 surface of your skin. The best part? No rinsing or rubbing required. L’Oréal offers three water-based cleansing options, so have your pick based on your skin type and needs. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies.
How to use them: Saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water match, then wipe the pad across your face. The micellar waters are free of oil, soap, and alcohol and can be used on your face, eyes, and lips.
Facial Cleanser #3: Cream Cleanser
If you have mature skin that's on the dry side, you may want to consider using a cream cleanser. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser is formulated with replenishing oils and gently yet effectively removes traces of makeup, while leaving skin feeling softer.
How to use it: Lather into wet hands, gently massaging onto skin. Rinse, then pat dry. Oh, and don’t forget to follow up with moisturizer!
Facial Cleanser #4: Gel Cleanser
Sometimes finding the cleanser that suits your skin type takes a bit of leg work. But the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser is suitable for all skin types. This foaming gel cleanser has a purifying formula that lifts dirt and impurities from the surface of skin without drying out your complexion.
How to use it: Wet your face and hands with lukewarm water. Work a small amount of gel into a foamy lather and massage onto face with a gentle, circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Facial Cleanser #5: Cleansing Towelettes
Whether you’re on the move or just feeling a little lazy, cleansing towelettes can be a solid choice for cleansing without much effort. Just wipe—and you’re good to go. Keep the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes on hand for quick cleansings. The wipes, which are formulated with vitamin C, gently remove impurities and even eye makeup from the surface of skin.
How to use them: Gently wipe your face with a towelette to remove all makeup and impurities. No need to rinse!
Ready to move on to the next step in your skin care routine? Check out our article, How to Pick the Right Serum for Your Skin Concerns.