Best Facial Cleansers for Winter Skin
The frigid temperatures outside combined with the hot air inside can leave your skin feeling parched. To help keep moisture in, swap your regular cleanser for one of these gentle, hydrating formulas.
Cream: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
This rich wash is packed with ceramides, waxy lipids that make up your skin’s protective barrier, and hyaluronic acid to deliver moisture while also locking it in. It won't clog your pores and it's fragrance-free, making it gentle enough for all skin types—even rosacea-prone.
To buy: $9, target.com.
Micellar Water: Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
Regular tap water isn’t always your skin’s friend. It can strip away natural oils and leave skin dry, which is why this Parisian-inspired, no-water-needed cleanser is great for winter months. So what is micellar water? It's a formula that's made up of tiny oil molecules (called micelles) suspended in purified water. They attract and remove oil, makeup, and impurities without stripping your skin. Use a cotton pad to wipe it all over your face—no trip to the sink needed.
To buy: $8, ulta.com.
Wipe: Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes
Removing your makeup before bed is a must to keep skin happy, but it’s not always convenient. Keep these gentle cleansing wipes with you (in your bag or on your nightstand) for those times when you don’t have a sink handy—or when you’re feeling too lazy to walk to one. It removes all traces of makeup, plus the Greek yogurt leaves skin feeling smooth.
To buy: $15, sephora.com.
Balm: Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
For a luxurious, pampering experience, use a balm. This decadent formula is made with nourishing sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, and melts away impurities and makeup for a fresh, glowing complexion. Apply the balm onto damp skin and massage until it turns into an oil (that’s when you know it’s finished working), then rinse.
To buy: $20, target.com.
Foam: Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist
Typically, a sudsy formula is a sign that the product contains harsh cleansers (which can be too harsh for dry skin), but not this one. Natural ingredients, like soapberry and sweet flag foam up, creating a rich lather and offer a deep clean without stripping away skin’s natural oils.
To buy: $26, sephora.com.
Oil: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
To remove a face of makeup (even waterproof mascara) in one go, opt for a cleansing oil. This formula has an olive oil base to gently melt away makeup, while the rosemary leaf oil’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits help keep skin calm and clear. Pro tip: Apply it to dry skin and massage with dry hands to breakdown dirt and oil.
To buy: $28, dhccare.com.