9 Face Washes for Sensitive Skin
Dealing with sensitive skin and on the market for a new face wash that can help keep irritation at bay? No problem. We’re sharing the best face washes—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—for your sensitive skin, here!
By now you know full well how important it is to cleanse your skin daily. But just to run the message home even further, cleansing your skin helps remove excess oil, makeup, and other impurities that can cause clogged pores and a dull appearance. Since cleansers are a must-have skin care product, there’s a plethora of formulas on the market in a wide range of textures, be it foam, gel, or oil. And while the options are welcomed, it can make finding the best formula for your skin type feel a bit like an endless journey.
If you have sensitive skin, this process can be even more difficult. Chances are you’ve tried a cleanser only to have it irritate your sensitive complexion. You may be hesitant to give a new cleansing formula a shot, but don’t fret—we’ve got your back! Read on for our picks of the best face washes for sensitive skin from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
LANCOME BI-FACIL FACE
Help dissolve stubborn long-wear face makeup and cleanse your skin with this new bi-phase cleanser by Lancome. The formula features an oil phase and a micellar water phase to cleanse the skin and remove impurities. The result? Skin that feels refreshed and instantly cleansed. You don’t even have to rinse!
Lancome Bi-Facil Face, $40 MSRP
L’ORÉAL PARIS GO 360° CLEAN DEEP FACIAL CLEANSER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Formulated specifically for sensitive skin, this formula deeply cleans without over drying the skin. Watch as all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup are effectively removed from the surface. To use, gently massage your face with the included (and easy-to-use!) scrublet to help cleanse and unclog impurities pore-by-pore.
GARNIER CLEAN + MAKEUP REMOVING LOTION CLEANSER
Stubborn impurities—even waterproof mascaras—are no match for this fragrance-, alcohol-, and dye-free formula. This quick-break lotion releases powerful cleansing agents to dissolve impurities and waterproof mascara. But that’s not all. In addition to customized cleansing, the formula—infused with plant extract—leaves skin feeling moisturized and protected. Apply morning and night by gently massaging the cleansing lotion to dry skin. Remove with a cotton pad or rinse clean with water.
Garnier Clean + Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser, $7.99 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS GENTLE CLEANSER
Formulated for sensitive skin, this gentle cleanser removes excess impurities and oil from the skin’s surface without causing over-drying. It’s so gentle, in fact, that it can be used twice daily to condition, soothe, cleanse, and calm sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to a wet face and neck using light, circular motions and then rinse thoroughly with water.
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, $34 MSRP
VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE 3-IN-1 ONE STEP CLEANSER
Sensitive skin types will love this gentle cleanser formulated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, which is shown to soothe and fortify skin. The lightweight, milky formula cleanses, tones, and removes all traces of makeup—even eye makeup!— in one simple step. To use, sweep a cotton pad over your facial contours until it wipes clean. No rinsing required!
Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser, $19.50 MSRP
GARNIER SKINACTIVE THE GENTLE SULFATE FREE CLEANSER
Free of sulfates, oil, soap, alcohol, and fragrance, Garnier SkinActive The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser is an ideal choice for sensitive skin. This cleanser gently foams to remove oil, impurities, and makeup for soft, healthy-looking skin. Rich in glycerin, this foaming lotion softens the skin as it cleanses away impurities, leaving the sin feeling fresh and clean—never tight or dry.
Garnier Skinactive The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser, $11.99 MSRP
KIEHL’S CUCUMBER HERBAL CONDITIONING CLEANSER
Ideal for all skin types—particularly dry or sensitive skin—this mild, daily cleansing oil effectively removes dirt and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural balance. The unique texture quickly transforms from a gel to a light, thin oil that envelops the skin’s surface to gently melt away facial impurities. What’s more, the formula—with chamomile, aloe vera, and cucumber fruit extracts—is gentle enough for use on the eye area and leaves skin smoother, more radiant, and comfortably soothed.
Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser, $24.00 MSRP
CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER
CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser is formulated with MVE delivery technology, which provides a controlled release of ingredients to help repair and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier. Use daily morning and night to gently remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $10.40 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY MICELLAR FOAMING WATER
This unique foaming cleansing water utilizes La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water. Purifying and soothing, this cleanser respects the skin’s natural pH, and uses micelle technology to gently lift away impurities on the surface of the skin. Plus, the foam formula makes application and removal a total breeze! Use morning and evening as a daily face cleanser, applying the foam to your face using your fingertips and massaging until clean.
Editor’s note: Most micellar waters don’t require rinsing after use, but this particular formula calls for it. After massaging your face with the foam, rinse it off gently with lukewarm water. Keep in mind that this micellar water is also not suitable for removing eye makeup.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Foaming Water, $ 18.00 MSRP
No matter which formula you choose to cleanse your sensitive skin, remember to follow up your cleansing with an application of moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and comfortable!
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