the best cleansers for dry skin

Why can’t it be summer forever?

The weather has already started to turn here in London. The air is getting chillier, those winds are blowing a little too strongly and the rain is falling down a little too often. *sighs*

It’s the cue to tweak my skincare routine for fall. The first step? A more hydrating cleanser that gets rid of dirt and makeup without drying out my skin (because the weather is already doing a great job at that).

The good news? Cleansers are pretty simple beasts. Active ingredients, like retinol and antioxidants, work best when left on the skin for hours, so I prefer to get my fix from a serum or moisturiser.

With cleansers, it’s all about getting the ratio of detergents (low) and emollients (high) right. A basic, frills-free formula is the way to go. It’ll do the trick without breaking the bank, leaving you with clean skin and enough money to splurge on the stuff that really makes a difference.

Without further ado, here are my the best cleansers for dry skin:

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Best MultiTasker: Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14.50)

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser is one of my fave cleansers ever. It uses a mix of natural butters and emollients to effortlessly remove all traces of dirt, grime and makeup from the skin without drying it out. You can use it alone just for cleansing or with a washcloth for some exfoliating action, too. Either way, it leaves skin clean, soft and bright.

Available at: Feel Unique

Related: My Full Review Of Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser


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Best For Removing Makeup: Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser ($23.00)

Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser contains NO detergents. Instead, it’s packed with emollients and silicones that remove makeup and grime while adding moisture to your skin. The catch? It’s so rich, you may need a washcloth to remove it all from the skin. But if you’re looking for something very gentle or your skin reacts badly to detergents, this was made for you.

Available at: Feel Unique and Sephora

Related: 9 Soothing Tips To Deal With Sensitive Skin

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Best For Very Dry, Irritated Skin: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser ($11.90)

If your skin is flaky and irritated, it means only one thing: your skin’s protective barrier is severely compromised. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is loaded with ceramides to patch up the holes. It’s true they work better when left on the skin (and I recommend you find a moisturiser packed with them too), but when your skin is this dry, every little bit helps. Plus, it does a good job at cleansing skin, too.

Available at: DermstoreFeel UniqueUlta and Walmart

Related: My Full Review Of CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Best For The Morning: Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser ($18.00)

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser is one of the gentlest cleansers I’ve ever come across. It uses two mild cleansing agents (Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine) that remove dirt and excess oil without drying out the skin. If you’re wearing makeup, you’ll probably need a washcloth to remove every last trace of foundation, so I prefer to use it only in the mornings. Did I mention it’s suitable for eczema sufferers as well?

Available at: Paula’s Choice

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

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Best On The Go: Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($10.90)

I’m not a fan of micellar waters as everyday cleansers. They’re just too gentle and delicate to remove everything. But if you’re on the go and can’t wash your face, Bioderma Sensibio H20 will save the day. Apply it with a cotton ball, watch the grime come off and get on with your day.

Available at: Dermstore and Feel Unique

Related: My Full Review Of Bioderma Sensibio H2O

What are your fave cleansers for dry skin? Share your picks in the comments below.