There are plenty of great cleansers in the market, but not every product will work wonders for your skin. If you have dry and flaky skin, you need a special cleanser which is designed for your skin type. Before we talk about products, allow us to help you understand more about your skin type. Smoking, constant sun exposure, overwashing the skin, change in weather, unbalanced pH levels, not moisturising the skin enough - are some of the common causes for dry skin.
Speaking of face cleanser for dry skin, invest in a product that moisturises, hydrates and nourishes the skin. Something that cleanses your skin well without drying it out. A no-brainer way to shop for a cleanser for your skin type is to read the packaging. The targeted skin type is labelled on the product and after that, take a quick look at the ingredients list. To treat dry skin, keep an eye out for ingredients like lanolin, shea butter, plant oils, squalene, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, shea or cocoa butter.
These top 12 cleansers will not only do a fab job at keeping your pores squeaky clean but will also not disrupt the skin’s pH balance. Happy shopping, ladies!
Let’s be clear on one thing, this is the best foaming cleanser for dry skin. It makes your pores squeaky clean and your complexion, super glowy. Loaded with rosehip oil and coconut extract, this cleanser is perfect for daily use and post-cleansing, it moisturises and hydrates the skin. Did we mention that this cleanser is cruelty-free as well?
Pros: Gel formula, enriched with rosehip oil, brightens and moisturises the skin.
The cleanser from The Ordinary is anything but ordinary. While it removes makeup, dirt and excess sebum, it helps to retain the skin’s moisture as well. Post-cleansing, your skin will not feel tight or rough, but on the bright side, it will feel soft, supple and fresh. Squalane as an ingredient itself is super hydrating for the skin which makes it ideal for dry skin types. When applied, this cleanser feels like a balm at first, but once it melts into the skin, it instantly dissolves makeup and deep cleanses the pores.
Pros: The cleanser is mild and gentle on the skin.
Cons: Not easily available in India.
A little on the pricier side, however, if you look at skincare products to be an investment, then this is a good face cleanser for dry skin. This is a cleansing foam with a milky-white creamy texture which is designed to provide a moisturised finish post-cleansing. Rich in amino acids, glycerin and Saururus Chinensis extract, the cleanser also helps to lighten dark spots and evens out the skin tone.
Pros: Free from parabens and phthalates.
Cons: Expensive for the masses.
This cleanser for dry skin that has a lotion-like texture, contains aloe juices and sunflower seed oil. The cleanser's main job is to deep cleanse the skin without disrupting its pH levels. Even though it has a mild fragrance to it, you will not think of the scent to be overpowering. Another cool part of the cleanser is that this product’s packaging is recyclable.
Pros: Affordable and gentle on the skin.
The reason why this cleanser makes it to this list is that it’s a fantastic product for dry skin. It has a light, creamy texture and is loaded with wheat germ oil and Vitamin E. Although the cleanser isn’t that great with removing heavy makeup, it does work well with removing minimal makeup, dirt and excess sebum. After washing your face with this cleanser, your skin will feel soft, dewy and oh-so-glowy!
Pros: Makes skin soft and supple post-cleansing.
Cons: Does not remove heavy makeup well.
One of the best cleansers for dry skin during winters is this one. Just two pumps of this cleanser are enough to give you bright, soft and fresh skin. This cleanser is loaded with natural ingredients such as vetiver root extract, black cumin seeds, jojoba seed oil and rose. It even protects the skin from pollutants, softens the skin and promotes suppleness. The mild scent of both flowers, Jasmine and rose, also works as an instant mood booster.
Pros: Light on the skin and provides it with moisture.
One of the best cleansers for dry skin is this one from Neutrogena! It contains camomile extract and Vitamin E that do a fabulous job at cleansing the skin without leaving any residue on it. Plus, the hydrating formula replenishes, moisturises and makes the skin super soft and dewy.
Pros: Fragrance-free, adds moisture back to the skin.
Cons: People with sensitive skin can experience itchiness and rash. Do a patch test first.
Without stripping the skin of its natural oils, this mild cleanser for dry skin from Cetaphil is soap-free and does not irritate the skin. Packed with glycerin, coconut extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin B5, this product will not clog the pores and will improve the skin’s texture by making it soft and silky.
Pros: Creates airy lather, contains vitamin E and glycerin.
Cons: Not commonly available in local stores.
Personally, this is one of my favourite face cleansers. This natural cleanser for dry skin is a non-comedogenic and toxin-free product made from matcha green tea extracts and hemp seed oil. What I love the most about this cleanser is that it comes in a recyclable amber coloured glass bottle. It’s eco-friendly and beneficial to dry skin - what else do you need?
Pros: Contains powerful antioxidants and vitamins.
Cons: Not commonly available in local stores.
Do your skin a favour and bring home this cleanser for flaky skin, will you? It's got wild turmeric and lemon peel in it! Your skin is going to feel squeaky clean, moisturised and nourished. To use this cleanser, all you need to do is apply it all over your face and with your fingers, massage the product into your skin in circular motions, wash it off with lukewarm water and you’re done! Don’t forget to apply a moisturiser after.
Pros: Light and refreshing product.
Cons: Not eco-friendly packaging.
This gentle cleanser for dry skin is infused with montaline C40 and panthenol and it not only cleanses the skin from bacteria and makeup residue but it also deep cleanses and keeps bacteria at bay. While it removes dust and grime from the skin, it also reduces the appearances of blackheads and whiteheads.
Pros: Gentle and mild on the skin.
Cons: Not effective at removing heavy makeup.
This baby is one of the best cleansers for dry skin in summer. It moisturises and hydrates the skin to the tea! The two hero ingredients are ceramides and glycerin. This cleanser has a creamy, lotion-like texture that feels smooth and light on the skin. Your skin will love it because it does not contain parabens, soap and fragrance. Not to forget, it will neither irritate nor dry and damage your skin.
Pros: Can be used to clean the body and hands as well.
Cons: Expensive and not available at local stores in India.
It all depends on the type of cleanser you choose for your skin. For dry skin, you will need a cleanser that hydrates, moisturises and nourishes your skin without stripping it from its natural oils. If you use an incorrect cleanser like one for oily or acne-prone skin, it is going to dry out your skin even further.
Lanolin, shea butter, plant oils, squalene, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, shea or cocoa butter are beneficial for dry skin.
As long as you are using a hydrating cleanser, you have nothing to worry about.
Twice. Once in the morning and once at night. Overwashing your face will lead to dry skin and strip your face off the essential oils.
Salicylic acid, AHA acids, SLS, ALS, sodium cocoate and synthetic fragrances can dry your skin out.
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Now that you have a good idea on the type of cleanser you should be investing in for dry skin, we hope you find the product of your dreams from this list. Also, before applying any new product on your skin, always do a patch test. See how your skin reacts to it and if it makes your skin burn or it feels itchy, avoid using the product. Good luck with finding the best face cleanser for dry skin!
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