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What's The Ideal Cleanser for Dry Skin?

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Choosing a facial cleanser for dry skin doesn’t need to be a challenge. As cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine, facial cleansers for dry skin should remove impurities without damaging the skin’s protective barrier. Understanding the ingredients which protect the skin while providing 24-hour hydration will help ensure you find a fitting cleanser for dry skin types, resulting in a healthy and radiant looking complexion.  

Overview

To achieve nourished, soft skin, establish an effective skincare routine that is tailored to dry skin. If you have a dry skin type, choose a facial cleanser that incorporates nourishing ingredients that moisturise and protect dry skin. Your facial wash should remove dirt and build-up without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Avoid products that leave the skin feeling raw and tight, the ideal cleansers for dry skin will remove dirt but leave a layer of hydration. 

How Do You Choose a Cleanser For Dry Skin?

A gentle formula that won’t strip the skin while cleansing 
Cleansers that contain moisture-rich ingredients like hyaluronic acid that retain moisture to help rehydrate skin
Cleansers with 3 essential ceramides to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier
Dermatologically formulated cleansers that are fragrance-free and won’t clog pores 

Dry Skin Explained

Skin can become dry when it loses its supply of water or natural oils. Environmental influences such as dry climates as well as genetic predispositions, harsh soaps and some chemicals can damage the skin’s natural barrier, certain medications, and even chronic conditions can lead to moisture loss, resulting in a dry skin condition.  

The underlying cause of dry skin is a compromised skin barrier. The skin’s barrier seals in moisture and protects against external aggressors. When this barrier is weakened, moisture evaporates more quickly leaving your skin feeling dry, and more vulnerable to irritants. 

Which Face Wash is Ideal for Dry & Sensitive Skin?

CeraVe offers a dermatologically formulated range of facial cleansers suited to dry skin types. They are designed to help support and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier for smoother, softer and more radiant skin. The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is a lightweight, gentle facial cleanser for dry skin that removes any build-up of dirt and sweat while still nourishing the skin. When choosing a cleanser for dry skin, look for a gentle facial cleanser which removes impurities without compromising the skin’s barrier. 

Important Ingredients in a Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin

Understanding which facial wash is most suited for dry skin starts with identifying beneficial ingredients. Incorporating a facial wash with these ingredients into your skincare routine will help keep your skin feeling clean, hydrated, and nourished.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin, it helps retain the skin’s moisture and volume. A sugar produced by the body, hyaluronic acid can retain 1,000 times its volume in water, making it an effective moisturising ingredient. If you have dry skin and are looking for a non-abrasive cleanser that provides skin with 24-hour hydration, choose a product enriched with hyaluronic acid. 

Ceramides
Ceramides are lipids that help strengthen the bond between skin cells. Forming a strong protective barrier against harmful environmental factors, ceramides protect dry skin from moisture loss and environmental aggressors such as pollution and irritants. Without a good balance of ceramides, the skin is susceptible to dryness. Dry skin may be further compromised during cleansing, however, a specially formulated facial cleanser for dry skin will incorporate 3 essential ceramides to help minimise any disturbances. 

Recommended Facial Wash for Dry Skin

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is a gentle cleanser for normal to dry skin types.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser

The CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser for dry, rough skin.