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My Favorite Dry Skin Cleansers for 2020

I asked over on Instagram if you guys were interested in seeing my favorite cleansers of the year...and you were! That makes me happy because I could talk about these cleansers all day. I'll try to keep it to the point for you, though! Shall we...?


(note: these cleansers aren't only for dry skin--they just worked great for my dry skin)


Epara Cleansing Oil ($63, 150ml)

This cleansing oil targets hyperpigmentation, regulates sebum, and prevents irritation. Its active ingredients include Moringa oil, Marula oil, Argan oil, licorice root for brightening, and plankton extract to reduce hyperpigmentation. I used this cleanser a lot during the summer when my skin wasn't as dry as it is now. It's super nourishing and soothing, and it emulsifies and rinses off super clean. My skin felt incredibly fresh and smooth after use.


I'm head over heels for Epara's packaging. It's so minimal and chic and dark and sexy. I love to walk into my bathroom and see the bottles sitting on the counter.


When I first bought the cleansing oil, it was only available at Neimans, Saks, and Epara’s website. Now you can buy it at Revolve, Net-a-porter, Reformation, Nordstrom, Neiman’s, and Saks.

Expansion—we love to see it.



IS Clinical Cleansing Complex ($44, 6 fl oz)

Confession: I bought this cleanser solely because Chrissy Teigen said it was great. I love her to bits, and she’s a fellow Sagittarius. Please don’t judge how I make my life’s choices, okay?!


The IS Clinical Cleansing Complex contains salicylic acid, vitamins A, C, & E, herbal extracts, and white willow bark.


Last year I had exactly one blemish for the whole year, which is pretty typical for me (knocks on wood). Cut to 2020--returning to work this summer during a pandemic and wearing a mask all day, and I broke out twice in one week. I know, I know! It’s not lost on me that that number is still laughably low. Two whole times! But, guys—this cleanser saved me from a third. Generally, my skin doesn’t care for salicylic acid (it’s usually too drying), but there’s something about this soft-lather, gel formula that my skin just loved during the warmer months. I washed my face, let the cleanser sit for about 30 seconds, then washed it off. My pores stayed clear, and my skin stayed soft and plush—never stripped.


Chrissy Teigen was right, y’all.



Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate ($41-$93, 50ml - 200ml)


If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I feel strongly about this cleansing balm. It’s so luxurious, decadent, hydrating and plumping. The cleansing concentrate is really just a perfect, perfect product for my skin. It emulsifies and rinses away, but leaves a youthful sheen and nourished feeling.


It contains hemp seed oil, camellia seed oil, blueberry, borage, and Sacha Inchi oil.


Ships from the UK, so it may take a little longer to get to you in the U.S.



Versed Wash It Out Gel Cleanser ($12.99, 6 fl oz)


Is there anything better than a cleanser that effectively cleans your skin, leaving it smooth and soft—never dry, while costing less than fifteen bucks? I used this cleanser mostly during the summer when my skin was more on the normal/combination side of the spectrum, and I loved it. I’m usually very skeptical of anything with “gel cleanser” in the name because my skin has been traumatized before. But Wash It Out was such a pleasant surprise. I even use it sometimes now in the colder months with drier skin, and it remains true that this cleanser is gentle and non-drying.


This cleanser is vegan, cruelty-free, pregnancy-safe. The main ingredients are rosewater, mint, apple amino acids, seaweed extract. You can buy this cleanser on the the Versed website and at Target.


*this cleanser was gifted to me by the brand



Augustinus Bader Cleansing Balm ($70, 3.1 fl oz)


Augustinus Bader has really nailed luxury, and this cleansing balm is no exception. It is rich and smooth and glides on like a dream. Some of the ingredients include sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, TFC8™, vitamin E, and squalane oil. I was a little dubious of the coconut oil in this product, but I just make sure to always use it as my first cleanse, and I've never had a problem. I always feel like I'm treating myself to something special when I use this cleanser.



Klur Gentle Matter Daily Moisture Cleanser ($22-$40, 60ml-100ml)


I've already written a blog post on this lovely, non-foaming gel cleanser, and I don't want to repeat all of the same things. It contains a soothing blend of antioxidants, mild resurfacing ingredients, aloe, jojoba oil, borage, sweet almond oil, etc. My skin looks so plump and supple after using this, and my texture is always so uniform and even. I use Gentle Matter most days of the week.



I hope you've enjoyed my list and maybe discovered a couple of new cleansers to try out. Tell me in the comments what some of your favorite cleansers have been this year!