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The absolute best face washes for dry skin

Just like shampooing with a normal formula on the daily isn’t doing your hair any favors, sudsing up your face can be equally drying—especially if your skin is already parched or sensitive. And while we’re not about to tell you to stop washing your face (that’d be crazy) you should certainly stop washing your face with soap, or anything else that lathers up.

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Luckily, there are dozens of alternatives to traditional formulas: cleansing oils, cleansing balms, and micellar waters among them. While cleansing oils and balms comfortably pull dirt and makeup off the skin, micellar water is full of—you guessed it—micelles suspended in water that attach to gunk on your face and pull it out, all while leaving your face hydrated, not tight. A cleansing milk—especially one with moisturizing oils at the top of its ingredient list—is always a good bet, too.

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Ahead, nine of the best face washes for dry skin you probably haven’t tried yet.

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