Best Products for Washing Your Face If You Have Dry Skin

And the One Product You Should Always Avoid

Many people dry out their skin by using soaps that are too harsh. Oftentimes, a person will believe that good skin care is meant to leave your face feeling as clean as a whistle and as tight as a drum. This is not only wrong, but it's also bad for you. It strips your skin of essential moisture and oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to damage and early aging. 

Finding the right cleanser is not always be easy if you have dry skin, but there one tip that can help: skip the soap. Instead, find a product that offers the right balance of cleansing and moisture retention.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


This is a great water-soluble facial cleanser. It's mild enough to be used on dry or eczematous skin, and it doesn't contain any fragrances or preservatives that can irritate. Cetaphil cleanser is a lotion that doesn't lather, and it rinses off without a washcloth. It doesn't remove makeup all that well, but most people with dry skin don't wear a lot of makeup anyhow.

Cetaphil is a line of popular and well-priced skin care products from Galderma Laboratories in Lausanne, Switzerland, The company was founded in 1981 in a joint venture between Nestlé and L'Oréal.


Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser

This cleanser is another oldie but goodie that is entirely fragrance-free, non-foaming, and with no irritating ingredients. It is an excellent, everyday choice for anyone with dry or sensitive skin.

Neutrogena is a line of skin care products based in Los Angeles and was one of the first to market a clear cleansing bar soap back in 1954,


Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths for Sensitive Skin

Many people like the cleansing cloths because they feel refreshing. This one is a good choice for dry skin because it doesn't contain any drying ingredients and is fragrance-free. While it really doesn't offer anything that a washcloth and standard cleanser can, it's handy for travelers or people on the run who like the convenience of a face cloth.

Olay was founded in Durban, South Africa in 1952 and is today based in Los Angeles as part of the Proctor & Gamble family of companies.


Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

This cleanser sets itself apart from the others as it contains a high percentage of mineral oil that helps remove makeup and adds moisture to the skin. It is also fragrance- and detergent-free, making it a good choice for dry or sensitive skin.

Phisoderm was a product developed by Dr. B. Thurber Guild back in the 1950s as a means to cleanse skin for persons who are typically allergic to soap.


Almay Cleansing Lotion for Dry Skin

This cleanser is a nice choice for dry skin because it is fragrance-free and has a mild, water-based detergent. It also contains a small amount of plant oil to help dissolve makeup, as well as a cucumber extract which Almay claims helps hydrate the skin (although I can find no reference to confirm the claim). The addition neither negatively nor positively impacts the benefits of a product that manages to effectively soften and hydrate dry or damaged skin.

Almay was founded in 1931 as a line of skin care products made specifically for sensitive skin. It is today owned by Revlon and based in New York City.


Dove Sensitive Essentials Fragrance Free Cleansing Cloths

These cleansing cloths are a good choice as a basic, non-irritating facial cleanser. They don't contain any special ingredients but are mild enough to use on dry and flaky skin.

The Dove brand name has long been associated with gentleness. Founded in 1955, Dove is today owned by Unilever and based in the United Kingdom.

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