"This didn't over-dry or make my skin feel stripped."
You may feel tempted to try every type of face wash (waters! gels! lotions!), but when it comes to taking care of your dry skin, simple — and hydrating — is better. "Gentle cleansers are best, with no fragrances," says Amy McMichael, M.D., a professor and chair of the department of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health. "Cleansers with ceramides can be particularly moisturizing as well."
The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab has a long history of testing face washes for cleansing efficacy and effects on skin. The beauty team scours the market for the best face washes, which are then vetted by Beauty Lab scientists. The product labels are then masked to eliminate brand bias before they are distributed to hundreds of consumers across the country. Testers use the products in their regular routine then evaluate them on criteria including ease of application, texture, scent, and how effectively they wash away makeup, impurities, and excess oil without irritation. In the most recent GH Beauty Lab face washes test, 4,512 data points were tallied to find the best face wash for dry skin.
When shopping for the best face cleansers for dry skin, including sensitive skin, choose a formula by looking for the same hydrating ingredients you'd find in moisturizers, like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and botanical oils and butters. On product packaging, seek out key words such as moisturizing, moisture, hydrating, hydration, nourishing, softening, and for dry or dehydrated skin to find formulas that are tailored to dry skin types. And don't stop at face wash: "Dry facial skin will really require a moisturizer, since cleanser alone is not usually enough," Dr. McMichael explains. (Luckily, we've got you covered with the best face moisturizers.)
Whether you prefer a liquid, gel, foam, cream, or balm formula (or something in between!), we've got an option for you. These best face washes for dry skin tested by the scientists in the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab and recommended by dermatologists and shoppers will help hydrate, smooth, and nourish your complexion in no time through any season, from winter and beyond.
Any: Go read the report on this. USA today on April 4th printed an article that in part said "During the presidency of Barack Obama, the national stockpile was seriously taxed as the administration addressed multiple crises over eight years. About "75 percent of N95 respirators and 25 percent of face masks contained in the CDC's Strategic National Stockpile (∼100 million products) were deployed for use in health care settings over the course of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response," according to a 2017 study in the journal Health Security. Again according to NIH, the stockpile's resources were also used during hurricanes Alex, Irene, Isaac and Sandy. Flooding in 2010 in North Dakota also called for stockpile funds to be deployed. The 2014 outbreaks of the ebola virus and botulism, as well as the 2016 outbreak of the zika virus, continued to significantly tax the stockpile with no serious effort from the Obama administration to replenish the fund." It also went on to say "ProPublica reported on April 3 that congressional budget battles in the early years of the Obama administration contributed to stockpile shortages. But the article notes available funds were used not to replenish masks: "With limited resources, officials in charge of the stockpile tend to focus on buying lifesaving drugs from small biotechnology firms that would, in the absence of a government buyer, have no other market for their products, experts said. Masks and other protective equipment are in normal times widely available and thus may not have been prioritized for purchase, they said." It seems that neither Obama or Trump took the required steps to replenish the supplies that were used. In all fairness it seems as if Trump inherited the problem.