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Our Best Face Washes for Dry Skin

Skin Care Concerns

Our Best Face Washes for Dry Skin Our Best Face Washes for Dry Skin Our Best Face Washes for Dry Skin

When you have dry skin, washing your face can seem like just about the worst thing you can do. That’s because, depending on what kind of facial cleanser you use, your complexion may end up feeling tight and uncomfortable afterward. But really, even if you have dry skin, cleansing should play a role in your daily skin care routine—that’s why it’s important to find the right cleanser for your skin type. Here, learn about our best face washes for dry skin along with tips for cleansing when you have dry skin.


Dealing with dryness? Try using one of our best cleansers for dry skin! Here are three options to consider:

L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - All Skin Types: Micellar water is a no-rinse cleansing option powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, makeup, and impurities up and away from the skin. This face wash for dry skin hydrates and purifies. Plus, it’s free of oil, soap, and alcohol. Just saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing liquid and wipe the pad across your face.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser: As skin matures, it can lose moisture, nutrients, and natural oils, resulting in drier-feeling skin. This cream cleanser for dry skin is formulated with replenishing oils to combat that effect. It also helps gently yet effectively remove traces of makeup. Skin feels soft and comfortable after use. Every morning and evening, lather the cleanser into wet hands, massaging it onto your skin. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser: This cream cleanser is another great option for dry skin types, as it’s specially formulated to nourish skin and boost radiance while gently exfoliating and removing all traces of impurities and makeup. The cream formula exfoliates dead skin cells to help enhance skin’s smoothness and radiance, leaving you with a complexion that’s brighter and more refined.

L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes: Searching for the best facial cleanser for dry skin that’s also travel-friendly? Pick these towelettes up for quick, mess-free cleansing that’s ideal for an on-the-go lifestyle. These ultra-soft wipes gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara or long-wear makeup, in addition to dissolving dirt and oil without drying out your skin.

L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser: This oil-free, foaming gel cleanser gently removes makeup and buffs away impurities, leaving skin refreshed and radiant. One of our best face wash options for dry skin, the gel makes removing makeup quick and easy, deeply purifying while helping to minimize pores. It works for all skin types and won’t leave any tightness or residue on your dry skin.


It’s not just about what face wash you use—it’s about how you actually go about implementing this skin care step.


If you’re using a rinse-off cleanser, start by running your hands under the water and splashing a little bit of H2O on your face prior to adding any product—unless you’re using micellar water, of course.


Speaking of water, make sure it’s not too cold and not too hot when you cleanse. Washing with hot water could strip your skin of essential oils. Turn the dial down and cleanse your complexion in lukewarm water instead.


While gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells that may be causing your complexion to appear dull from the surface of your skin, going overboard could irritate your skin. It’s all about figuring out what works best for you. While some people can handle daily exfoliation, others may only be able to slough their skin once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine how often you should exfoliate.


Once you’re done cleansing your skin, rinse off the product gently and then blot the remaining water off using a soft towel. There’s no reason to rub your skin harshly or rush drying off—doing so may only aggravate your skin. For an even gentler way to dry off, consider air-drying your face.


Of course, your skin care routine wouldn’t be complete without moisturizer—and that goes for not only those with dry skin but everyone, regardless of skin type. Look for one that’s formulated specifically for dry skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin. This lightweight water-based moisturizer is formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid and helps provide long-lasting hydration. Immediately, you’ll notice skin appears more luminous and feels softer, while texture appears smoother with continued use over time. The formula glides on easily for quick absorption, so go ahead and smooth it over your face morning and night after cleansing.

Want more skin care tips for dry skin? Head over to our article, 8 Skin Care Hacks for Dry Skin.