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11 of the best hydrating cleansers to leave your skin happy and hydrated

Leave behind gorgeous, glowing skin.
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Cleansing is an essential part of our skincare routine. However, it’s easy to be put off by that taut, uncomfortable feeling post-cleanse.

If you’re reading this and can relate to the feeling, chances are you probably have dry or normal to dry skin and using a hydrating cleanser is the best chance to inject some much needed hydration into your skin. 

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The simple cleanser is an essential part of our routine. In fact, it’s recommended we double cleanse, stripping your skin of the grime and dirt built up over the day. The only problem? This can also strip our skin of moisture and nourishment our skin needs.

In order to prevent over-drying your skin while you cleanse, look for formulas that are specially made for dry to normal skin types. 

The best cleansers to look out for are: 

  • Cream cleansers (or milks) have thicker textures that include deep-nourishing ingredients that cleanse while moisturising. 
  • Balms use oils and emollients (moisturising ingredients) to remove built up grime over the day while keeping skin hydrated.
  • Oil cleansers are the ideal cleanser for those with dry skin as it lifts oily substances and removes dead skin and makeup while protecting the natural ‘lipid’ layer of skin and keeping it moisturised. 

We’re taking a look at some of our favourite cleansers on the market for dry and normal skin to help you on your cleansing journey. 

The best cleansers to shop for dry to normal skin in 2023

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Banila Co Clean It Zero cleansing balm, $35, Adore Beauty

Recommended for dry skin, this balm is fragrance, sulphate, mineral oil and paraben free to leave skin hydrated and cleansed. 

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Softening cream cleanser, $25.60 (usually $32), Paula’s Choice

This cleanser is super gentle while it removes makeup and dirt, leaving skin glowing and dewy. 

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AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser, $31.95 (usually $39.95), Dope Skin Co

Remove the layer of dead skin and clear clogged pores with this gently exfoliating cleanser with ingredients like glycolic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide. 

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Ere Perez Fig All-Beauty jelly, $45, THE ICONIC

This jelly formula doesn’t just melt away dirt and makeup; it can also be used as a mask to lock in hydration. 

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CeraVe hydrating cleanser, $13.99, Adore Beauty

A simple and affordable cleanser that does it all! It removes all of your makeup without disrupting the skin barrier with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerine. 

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Midnight Recovery Botanical cleansing oil, $59, Kiehl’s

This cleanser is a cult product from the brand that emulsifies into a milk with water and cleanses using its signature blend of botanical oils. 

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Alpha-H balancing cleanser, $53, Adore Beauty

The Alpha-H balancing cleanser leaves the skin soft and hydrated with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. 

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Innisfree Green Tea cleansing oil, $30, Sephora

Ideal for dry and normal skin, this oil cleanser removes everything but doesn’t over strip. 

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Holifrog Tashmoo Water Lily milky wash cleanser, $54, Sephora

A Korean beauty classic the Tashmoo Water Lily milky wash cleanser feels thick and lush while nourishing and hydrating. 

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Sukin Signature cream cleanser, $12.49, Chemist Warehouse

The signature cream cleanser includes a combination of natural ingredients like rosehip, avocado, sesame and more to soothe skin, cleanse and hydrate. 

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