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You can probably relate to this scenario: You keep pressing snooze on your alarm so that when you finally do wake up, you’re rushing to put yourself together and make it out the door without getting to your destination too late. Or, you come home after a seriously long day at the office, lie down on your bed, and almost instantly fall asleep. In either case, you’d be skipping out on an important skin care step: washing your face. If you want your skin to look its most beautiful, cleansing should be the first step in your morning skin care routine—as well as your evening one. Here’s why you should cleanse your skin when you wake up and before you go to bed—and how to make the most of your face-washing routine.
While you may feel like you wake up fresh-faced and ready to take on the world, the fact is, when you sleep your skin’s sebaceous glands are producing oil. That oil, mixed with any sweat or impurities that may have accumulated on your skin while you were asleep, needs to be washed away before adding another layer of skin care products and any of your cosmetics on top—making morning cleansing a must. Now for that P.M. cleanse. As the day goes on, your skin builds up dirt, oil, makeup residue, and other impurities—and these can lead to clogged pores (and breakouts). It’s crucial that you cleanse your face to help rid it of these impurities before moving forward with the rest of your skin care routine and heading to bed. And speaking of the rest of your skin care routine, be sure you’re always moisturizing immediately after washing your face morning and night. Cleansers can strip the skin of hydration, which is why it’s important to hydrate and nourish skin after cleansing. So, what are you waiting for? Find the best cleanser for your skin type and add it to your skin care routine!
Everyone’s skin is different—but regardless of whether you’re dry, oily, or anywhere in between, you can benefit from some good ol’ facial cleansing. Below, find the right L’Oréal Paris facial cleanser for your skin type.
For all skin types…try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser, which lifts dirt and impurities without drying the skin. The deeply purifying formula won’t leave you with tightness or residue.
How to use it: Wet your face and hands with lukewarm water, and work a small amount of gel into a foamy lather. Massage it onto your face in a gentle, circular motion, then rinse with lukewarm water.
For dull skin…try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser, which is formulated with glycolic acid to help gently exfoliate dullness. Your skin’s natural ability to shed surface dead skin cells declines as you age—and this can result in dullness and a loss of radiance that makes you look older. This scrub cleanser helps to reveal brighter, more radiant skin.
How to use it: Lather the scrub cleanser into wet hands and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Since newly revealed skin can be more sensitive to the sun, make sure you apply an SPF in the morning—and reapply throughout the day.
For normal to dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin, which removes makeup, cleans dirt and impurities, and hydrates and soothes. Micellar water is a French favorite cleanser that has gained major buzz worldwide. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act like a magnet to lift dirt and oil off and away from the skin—no rinsing or rubbing required. Since you don’t need a sink to cleanse with micellar water, it’s particularly great on lazy nights or for use after working out.
How to use it: Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water, then wipe it across your face. For eye makeup removal, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe.
For mature skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, which helps to cleanse without over-drying. As your skin matures, it loses moisture, nutrients, and natural oils. This daily cream cleanser helps to replenish oils and gently yet effectively remove traces of makeup.
How to use it: Lather the cleanser into wet hands, then gently massage it onto your skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
For men…try the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal, which captures and gets rid of dirt, impurities, pollution, and excess oils.
How to use it: Apply it to wet skin, gently massaging it onto your face. Focus on your forehead, nose, and chin, which may be oilier than the rest of your face.