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What are the best cleansers for dry skin?

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If you’re someone who struggles with dryness and sensitivity, you’ll know all too well all the different ways the wrong cleanser can affect your delicate skin.

But cleansing dry skin doesn’t have to make your face a red, irritated mess – and you shouldn’t have to trade healthy skin for clean skin. By making sure you select the right products that won’t strip and irritate sensitive skin, you can ensure your skin is clean, soft and happy.

Below, we look at all the different ways harsh cleansers can impact your skin, and how to choose the best cleanser for dry skin.

Why cleansing can be difficult for dry skin.

Sensitive skin can be a notoriously tricky condition to manage, and you’ll often feel like it’s impossible to find products that won’t make your face feel irritated, red and inflamed - especially when it comes to cleansers.

People with dry skin tend to produce less sebum than other skin types, meaning their skin is less lubricated. Skin conditions such as eczema can also play a role in dry skin, making sensitivity and dryness even worse.

Most cleansers are formulated to strip the skin of excess oil and dirt, and in turn can impact the natural protective barrier, leaving dry and sensitive skin feeling tight and sore. What’s more, some cleansers are harsher than others and specifically made for oily or acne-prone skin types.

With this in mind, many people find it common for cleansers to upset their skin. In fact, it can have such an impact on delicate skin, that some people just ditch the cleansing step altogether.

But, that’s why we’re here!

The best cleansers for dry skin.

To best take care of your sensitive skin, it’s important to know which ingredients suit you and will soothe and calm your skin and which ingredients are best to avoid on sensitive skin.

When cleansing sensitive skin, rather than using harsh ingredients that can strip it of its natural oils, it is important to focus on soothing and strengthening the skin. This will help make it less reactive and able to cope with irritants.

The experts at Skin Virtue have a sensitive skincare strategy, consisting of three steps: nourishing the skin barrier, customising issues, and skin cell longevity to ensure healthy, brighter skin.

With this in mind, all of Skin Virtue’s products (including their cleansers) have been formulated with ingredients your sensitive skin will love - such as moisture-boosting ceramides, niacinamide, panthenol and free fatty acids.

Created for normal to dry skin types, the Pure Nourish Collection is all about using nourishing, strengthening and powerful, moisturising and anti-ageing actives to help improve the quality and condition of dull, dehydrated and tight skin.

The cleanser we would recommend for dry skin? Pure Nourish Cleanse, $60. and for exfoliating use the Pure Exfoliating Mask, $68.

It’s a rich, moisturising cream cleanser that helps to reintroduce the elements missing from dry skin - such as lipids, fatty acids etc., building resilience and reducing sensitivity.

Pure Nourish Cleanse is formulated to be used as both a wash-off or rinse-free cleanser – benefiting drier skin types. For example, it may be used as a wash-off cleanse followed by a rinse-free cleanse, where the formula is simply removed with a dry washcloth. This leaves behind a nourishing protective base.

This is particularly essential when travelling, as different water can make sensitive skin reactive and sensitised - so a rinse-free lipid rich cleanser is ideal.

Meaning? You can say goodbye to tight, red skin post-cleanse for good.


Tell us, do you have dry skin? Have you tried the above cleanser for sensitive skin? Share your views with us at skincare@skinvirtue.com

By Gary Williams, Bio