The 7 Best Cleansers for Dry Skin
There are a few things people want dry: clothes after they’ve been washed; a sense of humor, maybe even a martini. Dry skin, however, is something that most people would like to avoid at all costs. Whether you get dry skin in a specific area or during certain times of year, it can occasionally be exacerbated by key steps in the skin care process. Cleansing is one prime example.
The wrong type of cleanser can dry out your skin, stripping it of necessary oils as a sacrifice for cleanliness. In order to make sure your dry skin doesn’t get even more arid than it already is, we chose seven of the best cleansers—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that’ll help purify your pores without shriveling them completely.
KIEHL’S HERBAL-INFUSED MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
It isn’t hard to find something for your specific skin type when it comes to Kiehl’s. The brand has released entire product lines of face washes and face masks catered to nearly every skin need in the book. For you dry-skinned folk out there searching for a cleanser, the Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water is for you. This cleanser is infused with lemon balm floral water, thyme essential oil, and cleansing-powerhouse, micellar water, and can grab and lift away dirt. It’s the perfect solution to cleaning the skin without altering its natural moisture level.
To Use: Dab a cotton pad with the formula and gently sweep it across your face. For stubborner areas, hold the cotton pad against your skin for a few moments before gently wiping the cotton pad across it. No rinse necessary!
LANCÔME CRÈME RADIANCE CLARIFYING CREAM-TO-FOAM CLEANSER
The Lancôme Crème Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser uses extracts from two flowers—the rose and the lotus—for a gentle formula that gets your skin clean. After using it, your skin will be as soft and fresh!
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To Use: Massage the Lancôme Crème Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser over your wet face and neck. Rinse it on off with lukewarm water.
CERAVE HYDRATING FACIAL CLEANSER
Along with their trademark three essential ceramides, the team at CeraVe created a facial cleanser specifically for dry skin formulated with hyaluronic acid. An MVP of moisturization, the hyaluronic acid in the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser helps to not only clean the skin but to restore its natural protective barrier.
To Use: Make sure skin is wet with lukewarm water prior to use. Then, massage the cleanser gently into skin in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $28 MSRP
L’ORÉAL PARIS DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER
We’re pretty big fans of charcoal. Not without good reason, of course. Charcoal serves as a natural magnet that can seamlessly lift dirt and other impurities from your pores. The L’Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Cleanser uses charcoal to do just that. The clay-to-mousse formula allows for skin to be purified, leaving it visibly brightened.
To Use: You can use the cleanser once daily. Simply squeeze it into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Then gently massage it into your face, avoiding your eyes. Rinse thoroughly, pat your skin dry.
L’Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Cleanser, $6.99 MSRP
BIOTHERM LAIT DE DOUCHE CLEANSING SHOWER MILK
Instead of sticking to just your face, Biotherm has offered up a cleanser that can get your whole body clean. This milky formula is mixed with citrus essences and ultra-moisturizing agents and can simultaneously protect and cleanse the skin. It’s also soap-free and paraben-free, adding to its gentleness.
To Use: Apply to wet skin, lathering the product in. Rinse thoroughly.
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR MEDICATED GEL CLEANSER
La Roche-Posay knows the cleansing game and knows how to play it well. The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser steps up to the plate with micro-exfoliating lipo-hydroxy acids (or LHA) as well as salicylic acid. The formula has zero harsh scrubs, which means a reduced risk of irritation.
To Use: You can use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser twice a day, every day. Work the lather into a dampened face and rinse well for a deep clean.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser, $14.99 MSRP
KIEHL’S DERMATOLOGIST SOLUTIONS CENTELLA SENSITIVE FACIAL CLEANSER
Formulated with centella asiatica—a perennial plant used in traditional Chinese medicine—this hydrating cleanser is completely mild as it rids the skin of any unwanted purities in order for it to feel softer, more soothed, and more comfortable.
To Use: Apply the cleanser directly on to dry skin using your fingertips. Massage it into your face and eye contour area in gentle, circular motions. Rinsing it off with water is completely optional.
Now that you’ve found the right cleanser, check out some of the best facial serums for dry skin here!