When it comes to skincare, it seems like the oily-skin people are grabbing all the attention, while those with dry skin get left behind. If you are one of those people, no need to worry. We got you!
Here, you will not only learn a bit more about your skin type and why it is the way it is, but you are also going to find the BEST CLEANSER for your skin. Ready?
Below we’ll answer your most frequently asked questions.
Why is my face so dry?
As you might have understood by now, natural oil production in dry skin is typically lower than in other skin types. This could make it look dull and make it feel rough, flaky, or even scaly. Dry skin often has a tight or elastic feel, is obviously dehydrated, and could be more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
So, what is considered healthy skin?
Healthy skin means balanced sebum and hydration levels. The medical term for this is “eudermic”. Eudermic skin may be slightly greasy in the T-zone (forehead, chin, and nose), but overall sebum and moisture levels are balanced, keeping skin from being either overly oily or too dry. Now, that’s the goal!
Dry vs. dehydrated skin? Which do you have?
You can be treating your skin without getting the desired benefits if you don't know if it is dry or dehydrated.
Dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Dry skin happens oil/sebum production declines. Surprisingly, water retention or dehydration is not the cause.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, happens when your skin lacks moisture and water. Usually, your skin lacks water due to external factors like dry weather.
Thus, dry skin is more common in the winter due to the cold, dry air.
Note, that it is possible that you can have both oily and dehydrated skin at the same time or dry and dehydrated skin at the same time.
Is it necessary to use a face wash if I have dry skin?
The short answer to this is: ABSOLUTELY YES!
Using a face wash is crucial for dry skin just as it is for any other skin type. However, you must be incredibly careful when choosing a face wash for dry skin. Choose a moisturizing product that keeps your skin's natural hydration balanced and look for products that won’t irritate your skin.
Getting the incorrect cleanser could potentially make your skin even dryer, leading to breakouts and dry patches. Not to worry though! We’ve collected a list of the best face washes for dry skin so you don’t have to worry about wasting time and money.
We swear by these dry skin face washes:
AXXZIA Beauty Force Purifying Wash Foam
This cleanser feels as light as bubbles on your face. It’s simple to apply and remove and it’s not overly pricy.
It’s made from herbal extracts that enhance one another's effects, creating a wholesome product, perfect for dry and/or sensitive skin.
Chamomile extract soothes your skin, lessens skin sensitivity, and aids in the healing of wounds, rashes, and inflammatory skin diseases like acne.
Rosemary extract preserves your skin, soothes irritation, and delays the appearance of wrinkles. The major ingredient in rosemary leaf extract, rosmarinic acid, has a potent calming effect on skin problems like eczema and acne.
One of its key ingredients is lactic acid. You have probably heard of glycolic acid, but when it comes to dry skin, lactic acid is the one to go. The key difference to note between these two ingredients is that lactic acid has larger molecules, making it milder on the skin and a better choice for sensitive and dry skin types.
Myristic acid is another great ingredient for people with dry or flaky skin since it works as an emollient to soften and smooth dry skin. It also serves as a natural moisturizer to help nourish and hydrate parched skin and make it look healthy, youthful, and bright.
Esthe Pro Labo Thoroughbred Placenta Face Washing Foam
We’re sure you’ve never heard of such interesting ingredients for a face wash. This cleanser is made from plants and high-grade Hokkaido horse placenta extract.
This one is a high-end product with no parabens, alcohol, mineral oils, synthetic colors, perfumes, or preservatives. Perfect for your dry skin, right?
Horse placenta and umbilical cord extracts, along with 12 organic plant extracts, hyaluronic acid, and astaxanthin, restore damaged skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, giving your skin its youthful glow back. Exactly what dry skin that is prone to wrinkles needs!
Your dry skin needs to be kept at a normal pH level in order to keep moisture in and prevent bacteria growth. This gentle, yet powerful cleanser cleanses your face while removing excess oil, makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, and impurities without altering the skin's slightly acidic pH level.
Horse placenta contains more than 450 proteins, 10 different types of collagens, glutamic acid, cytokines, and growth factors that promote skin regeneration, boost skin immunity, increase skin elasticity, and delay the signs of aging.
Astaxanthin provides strong antioxidant protection, and its anti-inflammatory effects help to reduce skin irritation, sensitivity, and redness. Stearic acid, among other ingredients, also helps with rashes that often form with dry skin. The perfect product for winter!
Lauric acid, an especially important ingredient in Esthe Pro cleanser, can be found in coconut oil and is typically used to treat skin issues, including dryness and acne.
HITOYURAI + 30 Premium Face Wash
Hitoyurai is a professional anti-aging skincare line and its favourite enemies to attack are dryness, age spots, fine lines, sagging and loss of elasticity.
The +30 Premium Face Wash from Hitoyurai does wonders will all skin types, including dry skin. This face wash leaves you with a clear, soft, and refreshed complexion that's ready for additional skincare treatments.
Double hyaluronic acid intensively moisturizes and nourishes your skin while preventing moisture loss. So not only will your skin not have that annoying dry feeling, but it will also feel fresh and hydrated!
KYOTO KOMACHI Matcha Beauty Facial Wash
If you’re into organic ingredients, this cleanser holds the best organic green tea extract, Khloe Kardashian’s favourite. However, this is not even the best part about KYOTO KOMACHI face wash.
Amino acids thoroughly and deeply clean your skin, efficiently eradicating dirt and outdated keratin, leaving you with fresher, more comfortable skin.
The cleanser contains hydrolyzed collagen, vitamins A and C, amino acids, and catechins.
Due to their ability to renew skin cells and support skin structure, matcha antioxidants encourage softer, smoother skin.
With its high vitamin K concentration, this face wash encourages better blood circulation. Matcha has the ability to reduce puffiness, skin irritation, and dark under-eye circles.
Amino acids and carotene reach the innermost layers of your skin, lowering oxidative stress levels while improving the overall appearance of your skin.
After using this face wash consistently your skin becomes smooth, firm, moisturized and balanced!
MYUFULL Perfect Natural Cleansing Gel
Myufull PN Cleansing Gel is formulated with all-natural ingredients but does a great job at removing makeup, sebum, and dead skin cells. This face wash effectively cleanses your pores without leaving skin tight.
The gel lightly exfoliates your skin while leaving it with a pleasing sense of cleanliness and freshness thanks to the weak acid composition. This is considered a delicate cleanser, which makes it perfect for (delicate) dry skin.
This product contains special ingredients that are as good as their names sound:
- Persian wild rose of Damascus essence
At 3200 meters above sea level and with a significant temperature change, the wild damask rose grows naturally. Its pink essence is extracted, and it is much more potent than essences from cultivated species.
- Aramaic gum
Contains over 10 different types of amino acids that are important for maintaining moisture in your skin's deeper layers.
- Moisturizing natural ingredients
This cleansing gel contains a significant amount of superior marine collagen and corn-derived propanediol for plump, hydrated skin.
The water from Shiretoko-Rousu (Hokkaidodepths) is created in a clean environment and is a good source of minerals for your skin.
Other important ingredients are natural antiseptics that (based on studies) are usually used for dermatologic procedures and treating different skin issues. With this face wash, you have all these effective ingredients in one product.
Overall, this cleanser softens your dry skin and makes it silky smooth. Moreover, it aids in achieving a glowing, even complexion and deeply hydrates your skin.
NOA LUXE Medicated Cleansing Gel
This cleanser does wonders, especially if you’re a teenager with dry skin and/or acne. Dermatologists also recommend it for adult acne.
The NOA LUXE Medicated Cleansing Gel removes makeup, purifies pores, and stops the bacteria that cause acne and skin inflammation to spread.
Vitamins C, E, and D hydrate dry skin, reduce inflammation and stop acne from returning.
Out of all its ingredients (more than 30), we would like to mention two more we love.
Artichoke Extract: Vitamin C is one of the most notable antioxidants in artichoke extract and is known for restoring damaged skin cells, balancing skin tone, and enhancing skin brightness. This extract is also known to prevent oxidative stress because of its strong antioxidant content.
Lemongrass Oil: This strong antioxidant treats dry, aged, and worn-out skin. It may also aid in the treatment of acne and helps to tone and cleanse your skin.
QINUDE Cleansing Gel With Organic Silk Extract
With the help of the best skincare ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, collagen, silk proteins, peony root extract, jojoba oil, and more, the QINUDE Cleansing Gel will clean your face and moisturize it at the same time.
The human body contains 20 amino acids, and 18 of those are present in silk fibroin. This means that in terms of the substances present, human skin and silk fibroin are remarkably similar.
Silk and human skin both have a pH balance that is quite similar - slightly acidic. So, consider this product the closest cleanser to human skin oil.
In addition, the amino acids found in QINUDE cleansing gel have been shown to stimulate skin healing.
Silk fibroins form a shield on the top of your skin, shielding the epidermis from UV light and maintaining continual moisture.
Protein fibres fill in your skin's creases, wrinkles, and damaged areas to restore its integrity.
Peony root extract, tea leaf extract, and sake rice enzymes are all-natural skin-whitening products that are gentle on your skin and reduce inflammation and redness.
The gel gently removes makeup, old keratin cells, and blocked pores while allowing your skin to breathe thanks to jojoba oil, soybean oil, and chamomile extract.
The brand's scent is composed of natural grapefruit, bergamot, and yuzu extracts. No synthetic dyes nor mineral oils are present.
RUHAKU Gettou Clear Soap
Looking for a dry skin soap cleanser? RUHAKU is an organic skin care brand based in Okinawan, Japan. Its cleansing soap holds minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants for skin that looks and feels younger.
A unique kind of sea stone clay that Okinawan women have used for centuries is our favorite ingredient.
Although Okinawan Sea clay has a similar chemical makeup to clays from the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, its particles are much smaller, allowing them to remove pollutants lodged deep in your skin's pores.
99.9% of the ingredients for this product are natural and 55.2% of those are organic.
Clear Soap doesn't contain petroleum products, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial preservatives (such parabens and phenoxyethanol), or raw ingredients of animal origin.
Spa Treatment Nano Essence Creamy Wash G
Gentle washing agents and 10 different kinds of natural oils help remove pollutants and makeup without leaving your skin dry or tight. This pH-balanced face wash delivers nourishment and strengthens your skin while gently lifting pollutants.
Organic aloe vera extract from the Okinawa Island and Alps Glacial water stop breakouts, closes pores, and balances your skin.
Glacial water is pristine, mineral-rich water that has an exceptional capacity to hydrate (keeps moisture in your skin for over 12 hours).
Nano formula boosts antioxidant effects, promotes suppleness and firmness, speeds up cell renewal, and increases moisture levels in your skin's deep layers.
Hyaluronic acid, lychee, and Sakura cherry blossom extracts are also included, along with natural oils from the tangerine peel, grapefruit, argan, macadamia, mango, baobab, cranberry seed, jojoba, and others to aid in skin hydration and the maintenance of a strong skin barrier.
WHITE ICHIGO Organic Tech-Cleansing
Double cleansing without double cleansing?! Yes, that’s right. It is possible with WHITE ICHIGO (White Strawberry) cleanser.
As soon as this amazing cleanser comes into contact with your skin it transforms from creamy to oily, removing dirt, SPF, and makeup with ease.
This cleanser effectively cuts through pollutants and increases blood flow in the epidermis, without irritating your skin.
White strawberries are a good source of polyphenols and vitamin C, which have antioxidant capabilities to protect your skin from environmental aggressors and promote collagen synthesis.
Other benefits of this product that make it perfect for dry skin are:
- Gently exfoliates away dead skin cells
- Balances skin oil levels
- Hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts add deep hydration to dehydrated skin
- It is free of parabens, mineral oils and synthetic dyes.
We’re not done yet!
This vibe between us doesn’t have to end. You can chat with us and ask for any advice (mostly) skincare related. We also wrote an article on the best moisturizers for dry skin here if you’re interested!
To save you some other questions, here are some basic tips that will help your dry skin in the long term:
- Avoid taking long, hot showers, as lovely as they are.
- Avoid using toners, which lessen skin oil.
- Apply a light, oil-free moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the shower, while the pores are still open.
- Avoid scrubbing your face while drying off or showering.