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Growing up, you probably learned the importance of washing your face twice a day—once when you wake up and once before you go to bed. So, at this stage in your life, cleansing has probably become ingrained in your everyday skin care routine. But what if it feels like your skin just doesn’t look as beautiful as it could—even though you cleanse twice a day and are diligent with facial moisturizer and eye cream? Well, the problem with your skin care routine could be that you you’ve been using the wrong skin care products, specifically facial cleanser, this entire time. Say what?!
Take a second to really think about: Any ol’ facial cleanser won’t do. It’s important to use one that’s specifically designed for your skin type! The best facial cleanser for your BFF might not be the one that will work for you. Makes sense, right? Keep reading to learn about our best facial cleansers for every skin type, plus, get all our top tips for washing your face—the right way.
If you have dry skin, it could be a good idea to stick with a gentle cleansing option, like micellar water, since you don’t want to use something that’s going to strip your skin of too much moisture. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, designed for those with normal to dry skin, helps to hydrate and soothe. It’s powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, makeup, and other impurities up and away from the surface of skin—no rinsing (or harsh rubbing!) required.
How to use it: Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water. If you’re wearing eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds and then gently wipe to remove. Then wipe the pad over your face until your skin is completely clean. There’s no need to rinse your face afterward.
Does your oily skin tend to look extra-shiny halfway through the day? Yeah, we feel your pain. Thankfully, you don’t have to rely only on blotting sheets and face powders to reduce shine—your facial cleanser can get in on the action, too. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify and Mattify Cleanser is enhanced with eucalyptus and suitable for all skin types, including oily skin. It goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil from the surface of skin for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately, skin surface is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) finish.
How to use it: Daily, squeeze the facial cleanser into hands and add water to transform from clay-to-mousse. Gently massage onto face using circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
If you struggle to define your skin type, or have combination skin, you may want to stick with a facial cleanser that suits everyone. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser can be used by all skin types, helping to lift dirt and impurities off skin’s surface, without drying skin out.
How to use it: Wet your face and hands with lukewarm water. Work a small amount of facial cleanser into a foamy lather and massage onto face in a gentle, circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
When you have sensitive skin, look for a facial cleanser that’s free of alcohol and soap, as these can irritate your complexion. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof All Skin Types is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and is free of oil, soap, and alcohol.
How to use it: You can use this micellar water on your face, lips, and eyes. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and hold it over closed eyes for a few seconds before wiping. You can also wipe the pad across your face.
Let’s be real: No one wants a dull complexion. It’s all about obtaining the appearance of glowing skin. If your skin is seriously lacking in that arena, you may want to hop on the charcoal skin care trend. Immediately after using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten Cleanser, which is enhanced with charcoal, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and left looking revitalized with a fresh glow. (Go ahead and add our charcoal mask to your skin care routine while you’re at it!)
As your skin matures, it loses moisture, nutrients, and natural oils, which can result in drier skin. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser is a daily facial cleanser that helps to gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup without over-drying skin.
How to use it: Lather the facial cleanser into wet hands, gently massage it onto the skin—just make sure to avoid your delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry.
Pollution, sweat, and impurities can build up on the surface of your skin, leading to clogged pores. Not cool. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal is formulated with charcoal to help capture and get rid of all kinds of dirt from skin’s surface. Plus, it addresses five skin issues caused by daily city grime: oily skin, dirt, dullness, clogged pores, and sticky touch.
How to use it: Apply the facial cleanser twice daily to wet skin, focusing on your forehead, nose, and chin, since these areas can tend to get oilier than the rest of your face.
What do you get when you pair cleansing and exfoliation? That would be this facial cleanser! The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser, which is enhanced with red algae, goes beyond daily cleansing to help unclog pores and exfoliate the surface of your skin. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and is left with a clean, clear look.
How to use it: Daily, squeeze facial cleanser into hands and add water to transform from clay-to-mousse. Gently massage onto face using circular motions to exfoliate, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
When you’re on the go, sometimes cleansing isn’t totally convenient. That’s no excuse to skip it altogether, but it may make you want to rethink how you cleanse your skin. Instead of relying on a facial cleanser that necessitates running water, pick up a pack of makeup remover wipes that are ideal for the travel life. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes easily cleanse your skin—and remove your makeup—no matter where you are.
How to use it: Gently wipe your face and eye area with a towelette—no rinsing required.
Picking the right facial cleanser isn’t all it takes to be a face washing pro. You’ll want to follow these tips, too!
Face washing tip #1: Wash your hands first. Washing your face with dirty hands is a major skin care no-no. Your hands touch a lot of things during the course of one day. Clearly using dirty hands to wash your face—when you’re trying to get clean—is no good. Give them a good, long rinse before applying your facial cleanser.
Face washing tip #2: Use lukewarm water. Repeat after us: “I will not wash my face with scorching hot water.” This can strip your skin of essential moisture, leading to excess dryness. Turned up temperatures aren’t the only way to freshen up. You can wash your face with lukewarm water instead, and we promise your face will be just as clean once you rinse off your facial cleanser.
Face washing tip #3: Don’t over-exfoliate. Some facial cleansers have exfoliating properties. But you should make sure you’re not over-exfoliating to help avoid irritation. How often you should exfoliate depends on your skin—there’s no right or wrong answer. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others may only need to do so once or twice a week.
Don’t forget, facial cleanser and moisturizer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Wait, what does that mean? Just that you’ll need to find your moisturizer match next. Now that you have your cleanser pick, pick your moisturizer with the help of our article, Your Guide to Finding the Best Water-Based Moisturizer For Your Skin Type.