The Best Cleansers for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, chances are moisturizer is the most popular player in your skin-care arsenal. Using a hydrating cream is a no-brainer for fighting off flakes. While your moisturizer shouldn’t go anywhere, there’s another part of your routine that can help combat dry skin and irritation: your cleanser. From gel textures and gentle formulas to balms and soothing ingredients, face washes specifically formulated for dry skin are key when dealing with a sensitive complexion. To help you find the right one, we’ve rounded up our favorite cleansers for dry skin, ahead.
Whether your dry patches are in concentrated areas or you have flakiness all over, this La Roche-Posay cleanser is a step toward more hydrated and moisturized skin. Its creamy, milky texture is gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive. With ceramides, niacinamide and glycerin, this face wash is calming, soothing and won’t disturb your skin’s moisture barrier.
Getting your skin balanced and hydrated doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, this CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is one of our all time favorites, and it’s available at the drugstore. Packed with three ceramides and hyaluronic acid, the cleanser will help your skin feel supple and smooth without tightness or irritation.
Start your hydration-centric skin-care routine off right with this SkinCeuticals wash. It’s a non-foaming, gentle cleanser packed with ingredients like glycerin and orange oil. It’s a great option for anyone with dry, sensitive or easily irritated skin. Plus, it washes away all signs of daily grime for a fresh-feeling face.
If you want a cleanser that’s hydrating but still foams up, look to this Kiehl’s pick. All you need is a little bit of product to completely lather your face. Gently rub your fingertips in small circles to remove dirt. The cleanser also balances your skin’s pH without aggravating or drying out your complexion.
Winter can aggravate dry skin on its own; don’t add to the irritation by picking a cleansing formula with alcohol or harsh ingredients. For an ultra-soothing and hydrating option, we love the botanical formulation of this HoliFrog wash. The jelly texture, amino acids and plant extracts are nourishing and refresh your skin after just a few uses.
A day of heavy makeup can make you feel like scrubbing away at your skin is necessary to get it clean. In reality though, you’ll only dry out your complexion further. Instead, we suggest opting for a powerful cleansing balm, like this pick from Elemis. It dissolves all traces of makeup and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.
This gentle, foaming cleanser is infused with rosewater to both calm and cleanse skin. It’s paraben-, silicone-, sulfate- and dye-free, making it a safe, soothing and largely natural option for anyone with dry, sensitive or easily irritated skin.