With temperatures on the downtick, it's now the witching season of dry and flaky skin—ugh. But that doesn't mean our complexions should go down without a fight, and thanks to a crop of skin-drenching face washes that can adeptly target even the most parched of skin, you can still make it through the winter unscathed with the radiance and hydration, you expect all year round. Sounds good, right?
To make sure you have the very best options to choose from, we're sounding off on our favorite face washes for dry skin, which we can personally vouch for. Because who likes to apply makeup to skin that's falling off? No one. Keep reading for 11 of the best face washes for dry skin Byrdie editors love.
Attention all skincare junkies, this all-natural Australian beauty brand just launched in the U.S. and you heard it from us first—it's ah-mazing. Chock-full of ingredients like jojoba, rice protein, avocado oil, cocoa butter, organic aloe vera, and antioxidants from vitamin E and rosehip oil, Crop Natural's Gentle Facial Cleansing Gel ($20) deserves a front row spot on your vanity like yesterday.
Thanks to an exclusive and cult-loved melding of luxe essential oils like clove, eucalyptus, hops, and Egyptian chamomile, plus a skin-saturating sidekick of cocoa butter, Eve Lom's Cleanser ($80) is an iconic choice to transform skin from flaky to supple.
Not only does Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser ($38) rid skin of impurities, leftover makeup, and dirt, it simultaneously nourishes and rebalances the complexion with soothing moisturizers in the form of botanical majesties such as rosewater, cucumber extract, and borage seed oil.
Excuse us while we gush: Formulated by celebrity skin whisperer Renée Rouleau, this face wash for dry skin boasts satiny hydrators like sweet almond, apricot fruit, aloe vera, and glycerin, which when combined, smartly alchemize into an ever-so-slightly frothy gel-to-milk skin drink parched skin will, indeed, lap up.
An investment, sure, but can you really put a price on deliciously dewy skin? Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm ($110) contains Hungarian moor mud (which is rich in heavily detoxifying calcium and magnesium), sweet almond oil, orange blossom, and a firming hydro mineral blend to invigorate dry skin with renewed hydration.
Made with matcha, manuka honey, spirulina, aloe vera, and coconut, Odacité's Green Ceremony Cleanser ($55) is not only dreamy in formulation but in application, as well. All it takes is just a few drops of water and this vibrant green powder turns into a foamy elixir begging to be massaged into parched, lackluster skin.
When you think of the best face wash for dry skin, a scrub may not be the first thing to come to mind. However, Dr. Barbara Sturm's Facial Scrub ($70) would be one of the exceptions. Enriched with revitalizing vitamin A and purslane and used as a second step to your normal face wash, this exfoliating number will smooth, calm, and double-up the skin with hydration—all while increasing circulation for a healthy lit-from-within glow.
Non-comedogenic (ahem, so you won't breakout) and equipped with ceramides and hyaluronic acid (regarded as some of the most powerful hydrating gents skincare products can offer), CeraVe's famed Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($14) is a wallet and moisture-friendly face wash for dry skin.
Smoothness? Check. Evened skin tone? Check. Balanced moisture levels? Check, check. Tata Harper's Regenerating Cleanser ($78) is a cult-favorite and for good reason. An innovative, four-in-one product (it cleanses, purifies, clarifies, and moisturizes), it feels more like a scrub (it's non-foaming and applied in a circular, massaging motion to dry skin) but reaps the same benefits as the milkiest and most moisturizing of formulas.
Another iconic pick with an ultra-loyal following, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser ($17) is one of the best face washes for dry skin your hard-earned money can buy. A sugar-derived glycoside foaming agent gently cleanses the skin to rid the complexion of leftover makeup, dirt, and residues while a nourishing combination of apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and squalane (Kiehl's signature ingredient) boost overly dried skin with suppleness.
For a truly dreamy cleansing experience, Tammy Fender's Cleansing Milk ($55) has your back. Thanks to the relaxing and calming effects of lavender and fo-ti, both mind and complexion will be saturated with radiance and rejuvenation.