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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 step in your skin care routine: washing your face with a facial cleanser. If you want to help keep your skin looking its best, the first step in your morning and evening skin care routines should be washing your face—and the first skin care product you should reach for is a facial cleanser. But why is that? Keep reading to learn why you should wash your face when you wake up and before you go to bed—and how to make the most of your face-washing routine. Plus, we won’t leave you without sharing our best facial cleanser options for every skin type.
While you may feel like you can skip out on picking up a facial cleanser and washing your face from time to time, it’s a good idea to stick with your skin care routine. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should wash your face twice a day (morning and night), as well as after sweating heavily (i.e. post-workout). Throughout the day and night, excess oils, dirt, and impurities can build up on the surface of your skin—and if you don’t wash these off, they can clog your pores, which can lead to breakouts.
So, keep your bathroom counter stocked with a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type (more on that later!) and use it morning and night to wash your face. Just remember to apply a moisturizer to damp skin after cleansing to help lock in hydration. Find the best facial cleanser for your skin type and learn how to add it to your skin care routine below.
Everyone’s skin is different—but regardless of whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or something in between, you can benefit from using a facial cleanser to wash your face twice a day. Below, find your facial cleanser match.
For all skin types…try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser, which lifts dirt and impurities without drying out 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 facial cleanser into a foamy lather. Massage it onto your face in a gentle, circular motion, then rinse with lukewarm water.
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 facial cleanser that has gained major buzz worldwide in recent years. 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 oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, which is formulated with three clays and enhanced with eucalyptus. It goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil from the surface of skin for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) finish.
How to use it: Daily, squeeze facial cleanser into hands and add water to transform it clay-to-mousse. Gently massage onto face using circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
For combination skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser, which is enhanced with red algae and goes beyond daily cleansing to help 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 clay-to-mousse. Gently massage onto face using circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
For dull skin…try 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 with a clean, clear look.
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 facial cleanser helps to replenish oils and gently yet effectively remove traces of makeup.
How to use it: Lather the facial 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 from the surface of your skin.
How to use it: Apply facial cleanser 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.
If you’re realizing you aren’t sure when you should be using other skin care products, you’ll want to read The 5 Best Times to Apply Moisturizer, next.