September 14th 2020
A cleanser that soothes rather than strips is a rare find indeed - a dilemma that those with dry skin will know only too well. Often easier to overlook the tightness and discomfort caused by cleansers not formulated for purpose and compensate with lashings of moisturiser instead, a face wash that conditions as well as cleanses could prove pivotal. Which ones scrub up best? Here are our tried and tested picks…
Effective on the toughest of makeup, this non-greasy and non-drying cleansing balm is a hugely popular choice with many GTG members. Delivering on its namesake, its lightweight texture seamlessly transforms from solid to liquid to dissolve daily dirt and grime effectively. Plus, it’s surprisingly long-lasting to ensure that its benefits are felt long after its lid is first opened.
A favourite of Sense and Sensitivity columnist Judy Johnson, this detergent and alcohol-free cleanser is quite simply a must-have in her daily cleansing regime. With a beautifully rich creamy texture that leaves skin devoid of dryness with zero residue, it serves as a great choice for a multitude of different dry skin types - from the sensitive to the mature. Read Judy's other picks of the best cleansers for sensitive skin here.
A cleanser that makes for a gentler alternative for skin that’s so dry that it’s borderline sore, expect complexions to feel noticeably cooler, calmer and more collected after use. With a moisturising feel to its silky texture that ensures skin doesn’t feel stripped, it swaps post-cleanse tightness and dryness for softness and suppleness instead.
Described as “incredibly luxurious to use” by our Art Editor Sarah McGinnis, this cleansing oil's calming and conditioning abilities proved particularly impressive. Thinner in consistency than its counterparts yet just as effective at removing makeup and daily pollutants, the flannel included ensures maximum cleansing for your cash. A pricier pick yes, but one that delivers on its promises. Plus, its beautiful scent makes it as much a treat as it does a treatment.
Containing a trio of oils to replenish, repair and rehydrate (rosehip, sweet almond and evening primrose), this cleanser is counted as a personal favourite of mine - you won’t find my bathroom shelf without it. Non-drying with a creamy texture that leaves skin soft and squeaky clean (without feeling stripped), it’s regarded as a skincare staple in my house (I’ve even got my sister onto it…).
With a texture that melts like butter and a conditioning formula designed to nourish, this enveloping balm creates the ideal base for the rest of your skincare products. Containing essential fatty acids to plump, essential oils to reinvigorate skin and relax senses, plus a range of other skin goodies to rehydrate and remove heavier makeup, it can also be used as a moisturising mask for a more intense treatment.
With a moreish scent and moisturising gel formula, amino acid-rich soy proteins, rosewater, cucumber and borage seed oil work collectively to create a revitalising morning treat. Leaving dryness significantly diminished and complexions refreshed (aptly), its recipe of delicious-sounding ingredients proves the perfect pre-moisturiser solution for skin lacking in hydration.
A chameleon-like cleanser that boasts two textures in one, this particular pick made a lasting impression on our Editor Victoria Woodhall. Going on dry as a gel before turning into a moisturising creamy oil, it hydrates without leaving a heavy residue behind when removed with a flannel. “I like the fact that it doesn’t irritate or leave my skin dry,” she says. “It works to repair the skin barrier, which a cleanser could so easily strip,” she adds, with its probiotic-infused formula working a treat to gently emulsify and lift both makeup and debris.
A multipurpose pot of possibilities, this skin-boosting balm is one of those rare finds that delivers on both quantity and quality. Whether to soothe dry patches or calm pesky insect bites, its use as a cleanser particularly stands out thanks to anti-inflammatory, yarrow. Whether teamed with a hot cloth for a delicious daily cleansing ritual or popped into a handbag to tackle dry lips and isolated soreness when on-the-go, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.