Fab five: cleansers for dry skin

When I was a teenager blessed with unblemished, youthful, 'normal' skin type, the perfect cleanser was one that foamed generously, you know, the one that left that squeaky clean feeling. Over the years though, as my skin matured, my preferences for cleansers have taken quite a dramatic change. My dry skin now craves hydration, so milky, creamy concoctions that gently cleans without that tight irritated feeling, work best for me. These are my top picks:
The Body Shop Vitamin E cream cleanser - it is creamy but light and makes removing makeup (even mascara) a breeze and relatively pleasant. I'm not a fan of its smell but am willing to overlook this as it really leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Dr Hauschka soothing cleansing milk - late last year, as I was weaning Alex off breast milk I suddenly developed ugly red spots around my mouth which the doctor diagnosed as perioral dermatitis (mostly likely caused by hormonal changes). For days, my skin was stinging, extra sensitive and looked terrible. My doctor told me to lay off make up so I couldn't even cover it up. I started using this cleansing milk and found it immediately provided much needed relief. Its gentle formula cleansed, hydrated and comforted - it was truly a godsend.

Paula's Choice skin recovery softening cream cleanser - it may be called a cream cleanser but it actually has more of a lotion consistency. It does not foam but rinses away well with water. I find it works brilliantly at deep cleansing and removing makeup while leaving skin clean and hydrated.

Avene gentle milk cleanser - my personal winter favourite; when my dry skin gets even dryer in the cold months, I know it's time to reach for this mild, extra gentle no rinse milk cleanser. I simply massage it on with my fingers and remove with cotton pad soaked with toner - it is perfect for cold winter nights when I want to clean my face without having to splash away with water.

Kosmea purifying cream cleanser - the Kosmea brand is new to me but if this product is anything to go by, I'm adding it to my list of trusted skincare brands. Its smooth creamy formula rids skin of dirt and make up while boosting hydration. Chock full of hydrating rosehip oil and avocado oil, this nice smelling cleanser leaves skin soft and fresh.

Have your cleansing needs changed over the years? What are your  current favourite cleansers?

15 Responses to Fab five: cleansers for dry skin

Anouk said...

I am not familiar with these cleansers but good to know that you are happy with them. Made a mental note of them.
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Ananka said...

Great choices :-)

Rose said...

You are lucky to have beautiful skin. I have oily skin so during my teen, I have acnes and pimples. Now my skin still stay oily but less sensitive. During my last pregnancy, my skin was more dry.

Pamela RG said...

Hi Trishie, I saw the Avene products in Paris. They sell them in those beautiful French Pharmacies. I think we have them here. I will look for them and try them out.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

These sound lovely! I've started using one from Alba Botanica :)

MaysaAndSunshine said...

These products look good. I have never tried any of these brands but may try it when my cleanser runs out.

My Garden Diaries said...

I will have to check these out friend as I am always in need of some help in this department! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for passing these on! Nicole xo

Kati said...

I heard the camimile butter from The Body Shop is also really great!

-Kati

burntfeather said...

Trishie I'm jealous you had great skin as a teen! I always trust your recommendation, so another thanks for keeping us all well skin educated :)

kidgranny said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to make a mental note of these products after my current cleanser runs out!

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Thank you Trishie for sharing these products, I for one have very sensitive skin and I stick to one cleanser time and time again. Maybe it is time to experiment and try other cleansers.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jessica said...

I am using Paula's Choice skin recovery softening cream cleanser right now and loving it.

Azura Chan said...

Great selection! I have a sensitive skins. My skin specialist advice me to wear baby products.

Sharon D said...

I love almost everything from The Body Shop. Thank you for reminding me to take better care of my skin. I confess ~ I've been using the same cleanser for over twenty years...the squeaky clean kind ..lol! ^.^

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Fab round up Trishie, thanks for sharing! I have had exactly the same experience as I get older I'm sorry to say…