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The Best Cleansers for Dry Skin You Need to Try

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If you have dry skin, then finding the perfect cleanser can be super tough because most cleansers make your skin feel tight, dry, and stripped of any moisture. These 20 cleansers are perfect for dry and sensitive skin that will keep your skin soft and hydrated while also cleaning and refreshing it.

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The Best Cleansers for Dry Skin (2022)

1. Mila Moursi Cleansing Milk

  • Active Ingredients: bisabolol, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, borage seed oil, allantoin
  • Type: milk
  • Pros: gentle but effective, very hydrating, anti-aging properties

This cleansing milk feels like butter on the skin and is very gentle but removes all the dirt on your face while keeping it hydrated and plump.

2. VMH Moisture Rich Creammmy Cleansing Milk

  • Active Ingredients: coconut oil, glycerin, monolaurin
  • Type: milk
  • Pros: affordable, fragrance-free, very hydrating, great for sensitive skin

This cleansing milk is great for dry skin because it refreshes and cleans the skin without stripping it of moisture. It’s great to use if you’re on medication and need something gentle.

3. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: goat milk, manuka honey, jojoba oil, avocado oil
  • Type: creamy
  • Pros: great value for money, great for sensitive skin, very moisturizing

This gentle cleanser is super soothing, has the most beautiful delicate scent, and feels so luxurious.

4. TonyMoly Clean Dew Aloe Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: aloe
  • Type: foam
  • Pros: very affordable, great for sensitive skin

This foam cleanser is affordable, moisturizing, soothing, and perfect is you have dry, sensitive skin!

5. Origins Antioxidant White Tea Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: silver tip white tea, coconut, oat amino acid
  • Type: foaming
  • Pros: vegetarian, gluten free, paraben free, very gentle

Origins has some of my favorite, iconic products and this antioxidant white tea cleanser is no exception! It’s gentle but effective and great if you have textured skin with a lot of visible pores.

6. The Face Shop Rice Water Foam Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: rice water
  • Type: foaming
  • Pros: brightening, mild, affordable, good for hyperpigmenation and dark spots

This rice water bright cleanser is such a steal! It’s mild and soothing but super effective, and it helps brighten the skin and get you a more even, smooth complexion.

7. PCA Hydrating Creamy Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: rose hip seed oil, sunflower seed oil, lilac leaf extract, aloe vera leaf juice
  • Type: cream
  • Pros: anti-aging, gentle, smoothing properties

PCA has amazing skincare products and if you have dry, sensitive skin, this creamy cleanser will be a godsend! It has super hydrating ingredients and anti-aging properties that help the skin feel firmer and younger looking.

8. Neutrogena Milky Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: 2% PHA
  • Type: milk
  • Pros: paraben free, soap free, alcohol free, maintains pH barrier, affordable

This milky cleanser from Neutrogena has 2% PHA so it exfoliates the skin while also conditioning it.

9. Shiseido Extra Rich Cleansing Milk

  • Active Ingredients: kirishima mineral spring water, rice germ oil, Japanese yuzu seed extract
  • Type: milk
  • Pros: strengthens skin barrier, locks in moisture, exclusive technology defends against environmental pollutants

This rich cleansing milk from Shiseido is extremely hydrating and leaves your skin so soft and plump, it’s almost as if you just put on moisturizer.

It’s one of the best cleansers for dry skin!

10. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: soy proteins, cucumber extract, aloe vera, borage seed oil
  • Type: gel
  • Pros: pH balances, improves elasticity of skin, smoothes skin

This face cleanser from Fresh is a cult classic in the skincare community and it’s easy to see why.

The soy proteins improve the elasticity of the skin and make it baby smooth, while the aloe vera and borage seed oil nourish and moisturize the skin.

This cleanser is a dry skin must have!

the best cleansers for dry skin

11. Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: bergamot rind, chamomile bud, rosemary leaf
  • Type: gel
  • Pros: good for normal (dry) to combination skin types, refreshing, hydrating

Aesop products never disappoint and this face cleanser with hydrating botanicals is the perfect way to spoil yourself.

12. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Hydrating Cleansing Bar

  • Active Ingredients: squalane, glacial glycoprotein
  • Type: cleansing bar
  • Pros: replenishes skin barrier, protects skins pH balance

This Kiehl’s cleaning bar is a great basic skincare product that every girl with dry skin should have.

13. Bioderma Cleansing Oil

  • Active Ingredients: specially formulated patents
  • Type: oil
  • Pros: ultra nourishing, affordable

This cleansing oil from Bioderma is a basic product that makes all the difference. Oils are amazing for dry skin, and with unique patented formulas, this cleanser is ultra moisturizing and makes your skin feel like silk.

14. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid
  • Type: creamy gel
  • Pros: hydrating, protects skin barrier, affordable

I have been using CeraVe products for years because they’re simple, effective, and super affordable.

If you want a no fuss cleanser that will keep your skin hydrated and nourished, this cleanser is for you!

15. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Cream Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: gentle cleansing agents, chamomile
  • Type: cream
  • Pros: fragrance free, sulfate free, paraben free, calms redness, soothes sensitive skin, affordable

This is one of the best cleansers for dry skin – you will love it!

16. Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, sodium PCA, marshmallow root extract
  • Type: cream
  • Pros: maintains skins moisture levels

Hyaluronic acid draws in moisture, which makes this cleanser perfect for dry skin because even while cleaning it, your skin stays soft, hydrated, and nourished.

17. Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk

  • Active Ingredients: German chamomile, moringa, vitamin E
  • Type: milk
  • Pros: protects dry skin, soothes sensitive skin, antioxidant

This is one of the best cleansers for dry skin – especially if you’re prone to sensitive, flaky patches! After you wash your face with this, it will feel so refreshed and clean but also super hydrated and soft.

18. Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream

  • Active Ingredients: argan oil, peony extract, sunflower amino acids
  • Type: cream
  • Pros: vegan, cruelty free, formulated for sensitive skin, affordable

This is one of the best affordable face cleansers for sensitive and dry skin!

19. La Roche Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: La Roche Posay prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide
  • Type: cream
  • Pros: retains moisture, gentle, maintains skin barrier, fixes skins pH levels

This gentle hydrating cleanser is an award winning cleanser for dry skin and it is the perfect balance between high tech ingredients and simple, effective results.

Plus, it’s super affordable!

20. Curel Hydrating Facial Cleanser

  • Active Ingredients: special Japanese formulations
  • Type: foaming gel
  • Pros: protects ceramide levels, pH balanced, cleanses without stripping hydration

If you have sensitive, dry skin, you will adore this hydrating facial cleanser from Curel!

These are the best cleansers for dry skin and I hope they help perfect your skincare routine!

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