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We’re all about trying new formula types, and powder cleanser happens to be next on our radar. This skin care product has been popular in Japan and Korea for years and has started quickly gaining popularity in the U.S. If you aren’t sure what powder face wash is or simply want more details on the product, we’re here to help. Ahead, learn the in’s and out’s of powder face cleansers, including how to use one in your skin care routine.
Powder face wash is exactly what it sounds like: a cleanser that comes in powder form. It has a similar consistency to baby powder but has cleansing capabilities. To transform this powder into its cleanser form, you add water, which turns it into a cream or foam cleanser, depending on the product you’re using.
There are two key reasons you may find a powder cleanser preferable to your standard cleanser. For starters, this type of cleanser is often referred to as an exfoliating powder because of its ability to gently exfoliate your skin. Notice we say gently—it’s a popular option for those who have sensitive skin but still want to slough away dead skin cell buildup.
Powder face cleanser is also a convenient choice for traveling since you don’t have to worry about liquid restrictions or accidental leaks.
We mentioned that in order to transform your powder cleanser, you’ll need to add water. As for how much water—that’s really your call. One of the best things about powder face cleansers is that you can customize the formula based on your needs. For an exfoliating powder, add less water. For a softer, seriously gentle cleanser, add more. You can play around and find what option works best for you. Once you add water, you’ll massage the formula onto your skin in circular motions, then rinse with lukewarm water.
It should go without saying that your skin care routine should call for more than a powder face cleanser. Follow these steps to complete your regimen.
After cleansing, reach for a serum. There are many options to choose from, but we love the brightening abilities of a vitamin C serum. Pat on our L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum, which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase skin radiance.
Next, show the delicate skin around your eyes some love by applying an eye cream. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel. It has a de-puffing rollerball that makes application easy and a cooling, nourishing formula that contains manuka honey.
To amp up the hydration, you’ll need to apply a moisturizer. In the morning, reach for our L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream, which contains manuka honey and aims to comfort mature, dry skin. At night, turn to the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm instead. This night cream is also formulated with manuka honey. It helps to comfort and strengthen your skin with long-lasting hydration.
This is only relevant for your morning routine, but your final a.m. step should be using SPF. To keep your powder kick going, you can use a powder sunscreen. This will not only protect your skin from the sun, but it’ll also help keep shine at bay and makes for easy reapplication throughout the day. Consider it a win-win. Dust one over your face with a fluffy makeup brush.
Next up: Now that you’re familiar with powder cleanser, who should use it, and how to do so, perhaps you’d like to learn about another type of face wash that could be new territory for you. Head over to our article, Should You Switch to a Cream Cleanser?, to do just that.
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