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The $15 Cleanser for Dry Skin That Moisturizes As Well As Many Creams

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As far as drugstore products go, CeraVe may be considered the holy grail. Beauty fans love it not only for its derm-approved formulas and budget-friendly prices, but also because the products really work. Case in point: the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.

Over the years, the cleanser has become a staple, thanks in large part to its gentle and hydrating effects on dry and sensitive skin. The formula has a killer lineup of nourishing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, a powerful hydrating agent; niacinamide, a B vitamin that helps smooth skin texture; and glycerin, a humectant that pulls water deeper into the skin.


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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser — $15.00

Designed to help restore your skin’s protective barrier, this cleanser is a win has a super gentle formula to help hydrate and nourish your skin.

“Glycerin is not only so great at drawing water into the skin, but it’s also super gentle, which is why you’ll see it in a ton of products,” board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara told Well+Good. “I personally think that glycerin is the one ingredient that’s good for everyone. It’s no bells and whistles, we know it works, and everybody should have it.”

I have a dry but acne-prone complexion. So, I need a cleanser that strikes a balance between adding moisture and whisking away dirt and debris that can cause pimples. This formula does both with traditional, non-foaming cleansing agents coupled with intense hydrators. Most times, I feel it adds moisture back to my skin instead of taking it away. It also feels cool to the touch and has a creamy consistency similar to a standard moisturizer.

And I’m not the only one who feels this way. One five-star reviewer sang its praises: “This will always be my favorite gentle cleansing face wash, and I love that it’s so affordable. I’ve tried everything up to the most expensive face washes until my derm recommended this to me when I was experiencing dermatitis. It’s so simple and gentle on my skin but gets it clean.”

If you’re looking for a no-frills face wash that gets the job done and gives back to your complexion, this is a safe bet.

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