Choosing the right cleanser is surprisingly tricky. Even more so than picking the right eye cream or an ideal moisturizer. A cleanser is key to ridding your face of the impurities it acquires throughout the day. But the right one can also set your skin up for success. How? Well, by maintaining a happy and hydrated environment. Which is where cream cleansers come in handy.
Products that clear out pore gunk might give you a satisfying deep clean, but they’re often not gentle. Or even worse, some may even cause further breakouts. Yuck. If you have sensitive skin or you’re over 40, your skin can react badly to soapy or gel-based cleansers. That’s due to the fact that most of them tend to strip your skin of natural oils, leading to dehydration. Obviously, none of us want that to happen.
Enter creamy cleansers. These gentle face washes have hydrating properties. Have no fear. They still wash away all that daily grime and skin buildup.
Ready to go ahead and make the switch? We thought so. Here are some of the best formulas that won’t leave your skin feeling dry, stressed and stripped.
Lancôme Crème-Mousse Confort Creamy Foaming Cleanser, $28 at Nordstrom
Not every foamy cleanser is gentle, but this product can give you a quick pampering session every morning and night. This nourishing cream cleanser has hydrating rosehip oil and an amazingly soft texture.
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Brightening Foaming Face Cream Cleanser, $29.49 at Target
This cream cleanser is great for reviving your skin in the middle of the day. It’s light consistency is formulated to deliver radiant skin — just wash your face and spray some face mist on before your makeup.
Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream, $40 at Sephora
This cleansing cream is ultra moisturizing and specifically designed for aging skin. It has essential fatty acids to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and papaya enzymes and apricot and starflower oils to provide a thorough yet intense exfoliation.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser, $29.50 at Elizabeth Arden
This is a cleansing lotion, which is a superb idea if you’re looking for a nourishing cleansing agent that won’t strip your skin. It’s also a fantastic makeup remover and calms your skin while getting rid of deep-seated impurities.
Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, $7.39 at Target
This natural cleansing cream has chamomile and soap bark to provide an intense, cooling cleanse. It also removes excess oil, which reduces acne.
Laura Mercier Balancing Crème Cleanser, $26.99 at Walmart
If you have combination or dry skin, this cream cleanser can balance your hydration levels while leaving your skin supple to the touch. Coconut and kukui nut oils smooth and soften your skin.