The Alcohol-Free Cleansers That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin
The Alcohol-Free Cleansers That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin

The Alcohol-Free Cleansers That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin

Some cleansers have a tendency to leave your skin feeling dry or tight – and often, it’s the simple alcohol used in skincare products that’s to blame. For anyone with dry or sensitive skin, we’ve put together a list of our favourite alcohol-free cleaners.
By Sapna Rao

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Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, £25 | REN Clean Skincare

Best For: Calming

With a creamy formula and soothing feel, this cleanser is ideal for anyone with irritated or inflamed skin. It calms and balances the complexion, deeply nourishing skin to keep it feeling supple and hydrated. Plus, a rich blend of vitamin E and omegas 3 and 6 help maintain skin barrier health to promote a more even skin tone over time.

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Squalane & Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser, £20 | Biossance

Best For: Refreshing

Say goodbye to any lingering make-up with this foaming gel cleanser. Simply lather one or two pumps all over and rinse thoroughly. This cleanser will flood your complexion with nourishing moringa extract and cooling aloe vera to promote both hydration and a healthy glow.

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Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, £32 | Farmacy Beauty

Best For: Oily Skin

Using locally grown ingredients, Farmacy creates natural, gentle skincare – and this fresh, scented cleansing balm is one of its bestsellers. Infused with lime, bergamot and orange essential oils, it never feels thick or sticky on the skin, and transforms into a creamy lather on contact with water. Watch as it sweeps away make-up, dirt and excess oiliness, leaving your skin texture feeling smooth and supple.

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Superfood Cleanser, £31 | Youth To The People

Best For: Sensitive Skin

Cold-pressed antioxidants give this clean, herb-fragranced cleanser its refreshing feel. A superfood blend of kale, spinach, green tea, and vitamins C, E and K, it calms, cools and plumps the skin, while anti-inflammatory ingredients work on protecting it from external aggressors and evening out the complexion.

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Reset Cleanser, £50 | Stella By Stella McCartney

Best For: Balancing PH Levels

This two-in-one cleanser melts away make-up and dirt before deeply cleansing and removing impurities. It’s also great at maintaining a healthy pH level to ensure skin remains healthy, glowing and free from any irritation. Sunflower oil, marine spring water and organic birch sap are just two of the hero ingredients which will leave your complexion fresh and glowing.

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Effaclar Cleansing Gel, £16 | La Roche-Posay

Best For: Purifying

La Roche-Posay is a cult favourite for a reason. The dermatologist-approved French pharmacy brand offers a wide range of everyday products, and this one is worth a try if you’re after something gentle yet thorough. Soothing irritation with its thermal spring water-infused formula – which is also hypoallergenic – it reduces sebum production to combat spots too.

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Face Calm And Restore Cleanser, £5.59 | Aveeno

Best For: A Budget-Friendly Option

Oat is the core antioxidant-rich ingredient in this cleanser that promises to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier over time. We recommend using it after a dedicated make-up remover for best results. Although it’s great at calming skin and making sure its moisture levels are topped up, it won’t get rid of stubborn waterproof mascara or eyeliner.

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