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Since an early age, you’ve known how important it is to wash your face. And with the number of times you’ve done it during your life, the process has probably become second-nature. But it turns out that washing your face isn’t quite as cut and dry as you may have thought. In fact, you could be making mistakes that could be hindering your skin from looking its most beautiful. From using the wrong facial cleanser to skipping the nighttime face wash, keep reading to find out what some of the most common face-washing mistakes are and what you should do instead.
OK, this probably seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating. You should use a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type. The good news is, there are plenty of different types of cleansers out there, ranging from gel to foaming to creamy. In need of a new cleanser? Here are some options from L'Oréal Paris.
L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser: This foaming gel cleanser lifts dirt and impurities without drying skin.
L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser: This scrub cleanser is formulated with gentle micro-pearls and glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface.
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal: This cleanser acts a magnet on the skin to capture and get rid of all kinds dirt—think excess oil and impurities. The coolest part: The black texture turns into a rich white foam when you use it.
L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser: This gentle cleanser is formulated with precious oils for mature skin.
Yep: There is a right way and a wrong way to apply cleanser to your face. It’s important to be gentle. So, massage your cleanser lightly into your skin—don’t aggressively rub—then rinse and follow up with the rest of your skin care routine.
This one is quite gross when you think about it, so pay attention! Before cleansing your face, you should wash your hands to help make sure clean before you put them on your face. From door handles to your cell phone, your hands could have bacteria on them from the various surfaces you’ve touched throughout the day, which is why you should always give them a good rinse before washing your face.
It’s time to turn down the temps! Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, which can lead to dryness. Yikes! Whenever you wash your face, use lukewarm water instead. Trust us, your complexion will thank you!
Exfoliating is the process of sloughing away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin—but you don’t want to go overboard. Everyone’s skin is different—so there’s no hard and fast rule about how many times a week you should exfoliate. Some people may benefit from daily exfoliation, while others may only need to do so once or twice a week. It depends on your individual skin, so pay attention to how your skin responds so you can determine how often it’s appropriate to exfoliate. And remember: Be gentle!
What you do after you wash your face is just as important as how you wash your face. And if you always skip the moisturizer, it’s time to change—that goes for oily skin types, too! After you’ve rinsed off your cleanser, apply a moisturizer, like the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin or L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, to damp skin to help lock in hydration.