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If you wear makeup, you may have noticed that simply washing your face doesn’t always result in completely clean skin. If you haven’t noticed this, test your cleansing skills one night: Wash your face as you typically would and pat dry. Then wipe your skin with a cotton pad that has been moistened with a few drops of toner or a skin essence. You may still see the remnants of your foundation, eye shadow, and even mascara on the pad. That doesn’t mean that you didn’t cleanse well enough, but simply that you may need to start thinking about cleansing as a separate step from makeup removal.
So at night, first focus on removing your makeup, then follow up by washing your face with a rinse-off cleanser. (Need a cleanser recommendation? Read our article, How to Find the Right Clay Cleanser for Your Skin Type.)
It’s important to go to bed with a clean face so that makeup residue doesn’t mix with the impurities on the surface of your skin and potentially your clog pores, which could lead to breakouts. There’s more than just one way to get clean skin and remove makeup, so take some time to consider which method will work best for you. We help you kick off the process below with the four makeup remover options. Find out how to remove your makeup properly before catching those Zzz’s.
A few simple swipes of a makeup remover wipe can clean skin of foundation, concealer, and eye shadow. You’ll be able to see what has come off of your face on the wipe. Look for options that are alcohol-free, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes, so that your skin doesn’t feel dry post-use. Start by wiping your face free of makeup and follow up by cleansing your complexion and patting dry.
Consider using your skin toner as a pre-step to cleansing. Moisten a cotton pad with a few drops and gently wipe it across your skin. Try options that are non-drying, like the L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, which is formulated with Pro-Vitamin B5 to help protect against moisture loss. Follow up with a cleanser—consider a cream-based cleanser if you have dry skin or a foaming cleanser if you have oily skin.
A great option if you wear heavy eye makeup or have dry skin, cleansing oil can help remove stubborn eyeliner and mascara without any rubbing or tugging. Apply a few drops to a cotton pad and dab it across your skin. Cleansing oil can be nourishing and less-harsh on dry skin—especially the delicate skin around your eyes. Be sure to follow up with a cleanser after, so that your skin doesn’t become extra oily-looking as you sleep.
Perhaps you’ve seen it touted by your favorite beauty bloggers or just walking down the makeup aisle at your local drugstore. Either way, it’s time to get in on the micellar water trend. This makeup removing method not only cleanses skin, but can hydrate it, too. You can follow up with a regular cleanser—but you don’t necessarily have to as micellar water tends to lift makeup and debris like a magnet. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. The formulas require no water for wetting the skin or rinsing. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types.
Whichever makeup and cleansing solution you choose, just make sure to follow it up with a cream or moisturizer afterwards. It’s best to apply moisturizer directly to skin while it’s still damp, as this can help lock in hydration. To really pump up the hydration and give your skin the TLC it deserves, reach for a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin depending on your skin type.
Next up, learn how to improve the appearance of your skin while you snooze by checking out our article, How to Make the Most of Your Beauty Sleep.