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skin care essentials How to Pick a Water-Based Cleanser

By now, you’re likely familiar with an array of skin care trends and products and know that trends originate from all over the world. Does K-beauty ring a bell? Korean beauty trends, especially skin care products and routines, have totally overhauled how many of us approach caring for our complexions. And now, we want to introduce you to the latest K-beauty trend that’s been creating quite the buzz: water-based cleanser.

If you want to give it a try for yourself, or simply want to learn more about the craze, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’re sharing what a water-based cleanser is, how to pick a water-based cleanser for your skin type, and more!


You may be wondering, “How do I know if my cleanser is water-based?” It’s actually quite simple. As you can probably guess, the main ingredient in water-based cleansers is, well, water. This means when you look at the ingredient label on the back of your cleanser, water should be the first ingredient listed. This cleanser type comes in many forms, from cleansing waters to gel cleansers, all of which can help remove water-based impurities like dirt and sweat from the skin. 


Yes! Micellar water is a water-based cleanser you may already have in your bathroom cabinet. It’s a great no-rinse cleansing option—and, if you look at its ingredient label, it should have water listed as its first ingredient.


The best way to pick a water-based cleanser is to consider your skin type. As with most cleansers and skin care products, different formulas are made for different skin types. If you need a recommendation, take your pick from one of our best water-based cleansers, below.

If you have dry or combination skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types. This water-based cleanser is powered by micelle molecules that cluster together to surround and lift away impurities and makeup with no rinsing or harsh rubbing, which can dry skin. The cleansing water removes makeup—even waterproof mascara—and completely cleans skin in one step, leaving it feeling hydrated and purified.

If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal To Oily Skin. With oily skin, over-cleansing and exfoliating to remove excess sebum can strip the skin. This water-based cleanser for oily skin is gentle while removing makeup, dirt, and excess oil in one step, leaving skin looking purified and mattified.


Putting a water-based cleanser to use as part of your skin care routine is easy! Follow the steps below.


Of course, you’ll want to cleanse your skin with your water-based cleanser to rid your complexion of impurities. Follow the directions on the packaging, as different cleansers may require rinsing. If you’re using one of our micellar waters, simply saturate a cotton pad and wipe it over your face to cleanse. No need to rinse.


Like we mentioned, water-based cleansers are specifically formulated to remove water-based impurities. While there are exceptions (such as our micellar water, which also removes makeup), you may want to double cleanse to ensure all traces of makeup and impurities are removed from your skin.


Water-based cleanser may be gentle, but your skin could always use some extra love. After cleansing, apply a face serum that tackles your skin concerns.

If you have dull skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum, which effortlessly glides onto skin to restore radiance and reduce wrinkles.

If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which absorbs quickly to replenish hydration immediately and visibly reduce wrinkles for visibly plumped, youthful-looking skin.

If you have uneven skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, which absorbs quickly to visibly even skin tone and reduces wrinkles and dark spots.


Your eyes need TLC, too! Roll the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel onto your under-eye area morning and evening, patting excess product with your fingertip to help it absorb.


It’s only fitting that you’d finish your water-based cleanser routine with a water-based moisturizer, right? Take your pick from one of our three best below, choosing based on your skin type.

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin: This moisturizer removes excess sebum for a fresh feel and healthy look, leaving skin ultra-hydrated with a mattified finish.

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin: This moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving skin’s radiance while leaving it ultra-hydrated and refreshed.

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin: This moisturizer envelops skin with continuous moisture to provide comfort, leaving it hydrated, fresh, and healthy-looking.

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