Your cleanser is designed to remove the daily makeup, impurities and keep your face clean.
However, many cleansers are often packed with surfactants: soaps that draw dirt, oil, and grime from pores.
This can not only strip the moisture from your skin, but it can also lead to dry, uncomfortable patches that can cause premature lines and prominent wrinkles eventually.
You’re probably often wondering; which are the best cleansers for dry skin & how do you even prevent your skin from becoming dry in the first place?
In this article, I’ll share some information on dry skin and recommend some cleansing products I think your dry skin can benefit from.
The 5 Best Cleansers for Dry Skin (Reviewed Below)
If you have dry skin, your best option is a cleanser that is ultra-moisturizing.
Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles than oilier skin types because it tends to crack, which especially happens during the winter months.
The texture of your cleanser should be creamy, milky, or gel in order to provide you with a good boost of moisture.
Here is my recommendation on some of the best cleansers for dry skin:
#1 Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser; $16
The main ingredients of this cleanser are matcha, which is one of the most antioxidant-dense sources you could wish for, hemp seed oil, which is high in essential amino acids and extremely hydrating and vitamin B5, which will strengthen your skin barrier and replenish the lost hydration.
This light gel cleanser will lift the daily impurities while providing your skin with a healthy pH balance without irritating it.
#2 The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser; $7.90
This formula incorporates squalene alongside other lipophilic esters that are gentle, moisturizing, and before all efficient in dissolving makeup and facial impurities lingering on your skin.
It has a balm-like consistency but once you rub it between your palms it will turn into a clear oil-like consistency.
This allows the emulsifying agents in the formula to trap and blend the dissolved makeup and impurities with water before rinsing it off.
It is also soap-free and non-comedogenic, so it is perfect for day-to-day use to deliver that much-needed hydration into your skin.
This silky cleanser can be used even around the eyes as it is 100% fragrance and colorant-free.
It is a luxurious cleanser with a smooth texture to soften your skin and replenish the lost moisture while rinsing all residues of impurities left.
It is exceptionally gentle and formulated to fight the signs of aging by soothing, preserving and reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier during the cleansing process.
#4 Elemis Superfood Cleansing Wash; $25
This nutrient-rich cleanser is my go-to whenever my skin craves a deep cleanse and that refreshed and purified feel.
I have oily skin, but I have found this gel cleanser to be exceptionally gentle and am confident to recommend it to anyone from normal to dry and even acne-prone skin.
The formula utilizes a cocktail of green superfoods, including wheatgrass, kale, and nettle to gently lift impurities and feed the skin with essential nutrients.
In addition, broccoli seed, avocado, and pumpkin seed oils are combined with a natural sugar derivative prebiotic to ensure your skin feels healthy, clean, and balanced.
This hydrating cleanser is formulated without sulfates, fragrances, and synthetic colorants.
Alcohol is nowhere on the list, which leaves me confident to recommend it to the most sensitive skin types.
It gently lifts away dirt and impurities without stripping away natural oils. It is formulated with a rich, amino acid-based surfactant, and a 15% concentration combining hydrating ceramides, glycerin, and essential oils.
It transforms from a gel to a foam-like formula to perform a deep cleanse while maintaining moisture and leaving your complexion fresh, hydrated and prepared for all the next steps in your skincare regimen.
How to Choose The Best Cleanser for Dry Skin
It is all about the ingredients in the product, not about what the label says.
I feel like I need to overcommunicate this because I see people doing it all the time.
And I can’t even blame them, because nobody expects you to know chemistry in order to read and understand the ridiculously difficult ingredient names on every product.
So let’s just mention a few ingredients and textures you should look for and what you should stay away from.
Cream texture over foam.
Many people switch to a gel cleanser in the summer months to help control oil and shine in the humidity.
While gel cleansers are somewhere in between and can be very good for both oily and dry skin types, one texture you should absolutely stay away from if you have dry skin is foaming cleansers.
Always opt for a creamier, milky, or gel cleanser if you have dry skin as these tend to have more hydrating and less stripping ingredients that will do its job in cleansing your face but will not leave your skin feeling dry, tight, and uncomfortable.
While fragrances in small quantities don’t necessarily have to be the devil in skincare products like many people try to label them, it is still the best idea for dry skins to stay away from fragrances in their skincare.
This is because dry skin tends to be sensitized and more reactive to a little bit of a harsher ingredient fragrance tends to be.
If it’s at the very bottom of the ingredient list, maybe you can give it a chance as this means that the ingredient is present in a relatively small amount, however, try to stay away from it if it’s amongst the first 5 ingredients at the top of the list.
Look for moisturizing ingredients.
Hyaluronic acid is the absolute best hydrating ingredient you could ever wish for if you have dry skin. This is because hyaluronic acid attracts water into the skin.
In addition, glycerin and ceramides also deliver a good boost of much-needed moisture.
Watch the anti-agers.
If you are going to wash away the cleanser after gently massaging it for a few seconds on your face, why irritate your skin with these ingredients without receiving any benefits back?
Using these ingredients in a toner or a serum will give you the desired anti-aging benefits without stripping your dry skin from the much-needed oil.
Keep them out of your face cleanser and opt for something more hydrating.
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin (xerosis) is one of the most common skin types out there.
It is characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water (moisture) and sebum (the oily substance) that serves as a natural lubricant of the most superficial layers of the skin, the epidermis.
Dry skin can be an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, cracking, and itching.
While dry skin tends to affect males and females equally, older individuals are typically much more prone to have dry skin.
This is because the skin in elderly individuals tends to have reduced amounts of natural oils and lubricants.
However, dry skin can also occur for a variety of reasons with the most common reason being genetics. This is a skin type can be present since birth and you have probably inherited it from your parents.
Dry skin may also be a side effect of some medications as well as a byproduct of certain skin diseases.
Moreover, the water holding capacity of the skin can be disrupted by environmental factors such as humidity and temperature.
Let’s take a look at some of the potential causes for dry skin:
How to Prevent Dry Skin
Finding the harsh ingredient or product that is the main cause of your dry skin and eliminating it from your use is the best way to treat your skin condition.
However, here are some useful tips to get rid of dry skin:
My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take great care of their skin and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on skincare products I’ve tried. You can learn more about me here.
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