The Very Best Cleansers for Dry Skin

A below-par cleanser combined with that scalding hot shower you love can do a serious number on dry winter skin. The solution? Cutting down on the marathon bathing, for one thing, and using a cleanser that won’t further strip your skin and leave your complexion flakier than a bowl of cereal.
But what’s the best face wash for dry skin? We know firsthand how difficult the search for a non-drying cleanser can be. That’s why we’ve rounded up the very best face washes for dry skin that we’ve ever tried. These have been battle-tested and proven to do magical things for even the flakiest skin—trust us.

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korres dry skin
Photo: Korres
Korres Greek Yogurt 3 In 1 Cleansing, Toning And Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion ($24,
 OK, that’s a lot in one name, but we have to say that Korres’ lives up to it. This super creamy cleanser not only removes your makeup but it includes a concentrate of Greek yogurt (yep, like the breakfast food) and other oils to cater to your skin. We’ve used it with water, but you can also just wipe it off with a cotton pad if you’re trying to cut down your showering time.
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jose maran
Photo: Josie Maran
Maran Argan Cleansing Oil ($32, 
Think your cleanser needs to foam and bubble in order to clean? That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most of the time, those suds are formed from ingredients called sulfates which aren’t always great for dry winter skin. When we tried this cleansing argan oil formula on our dry winter skin, we found that it left us feeling clean, hydrated, smooth, and not one bit taunt. It even helped get rid of remnants of eye makeup that just wouldn’t budge.
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skin ceuticals cleanser
Photo: SkinCeuticals
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser ($34,
Some dry skin isn’t caused by the cold but other prescription products you’re using, like retinoids. One Daily Makeover editor (ok, it’s Alle) swears by this cream-based face wash for removing all her makeup and cleansing her skin of any build-up without drying it out further.
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carrot butter
Photo: The Organic Pharmacy
The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser ($74,
Full disclosure: This stuff can get a little messy, but it’s worth it. Spread this thick, butter-like cleanser on your skin and let it sit for a second. Then, take a hot cloth and gently wipe it off. It’s made with all-natural ingredients, including shea butter, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, and made our skin feel dewy and soft.
And now, an important caveat: while these products get rave reviews from us, if you’re dealing with continuous dryness, you should consider talking to a dermatologist about the best option for your skin health. Dryness can sometimes be a symptom of ongoing skin concerns, so it’s always best to get a medical opinion before you start trying to fix it yourself.

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