water based facial cleanser

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for water based facial cleanser .

Water-based cleansers are a popular choice for people who want to avoid the harshness of soap and the drying nature of oil. They're also a good choice for those with sensitive skin or those who want to avoid the potential for breakouts that can sometimes occur with soap.


This is a great water-based cleanser. I use it in the morning and evening as a 2nd cleanse after an oil-based cleanser. ...I was hesitant to try a jelly based cleanser, but this was fantastic! Very light and left my skin feeling super clean

What it is: A gentle cleanser to remove makeup, excess oil, pollution, and grime that rinses away without residue, leaving skin clean and soft.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Mild Surfactant Blend: A stack of mild cleansing agents, including coconut-based surfactants rich in fatty acids that work together to create a gentle lather that effectively dissolves even stubborn makeup, sunscreen, and oils while supporting a healthy-looking skin barrier.
- Glycerin: A skin-identical humectant that replenishes hydration levels normally lost during the cleansing process.


my favorite gel cleanser...It’s probably my favorite water-based cleanser I’ve tried so far, and now my go-to morning cleanser. ...I change my cleansers based on my needs and mood, but this has been a staple in my routine for a while now!

What it is: A pH-balanced, non-drying face cleanser formulated with antioxidants to gently yet effectively remove makeup, SPF, and excess oils that can clog pores.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Kale: Rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C and E to leave skin visibly glowing.
- Spinach: Lightweight skin soother with cooling properties and essential fatty acids.
- Green Tea: Antioxidant-rich powerhouse that fights visible signs of aging.

Ingredient Callouts:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Healthy-looking skin starts with c


It dries skin a bit but you should use a moisturizer afterwards and everything will be fine (I use a water-based light moisturizer)....For a few months now I've been using this cleanser along with the water based moisturizer and I couldn't be more happy with my results.

What it is: A lightly foaming cleanser that dissolves makeup and dirt while penetrating pores to visibly diminish blackheads and breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 2%: Combats blackheads and breakouts

- Zinc Compound: Helps reduce excess oil

- Allantoin 0.5%: Soothes skin post-exfoliation to help protect and comfort the skin

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

MuradEssential-C Cleanser

ITEM: 654798

Size: 6.5 oz

405 Reviews


My New Favorite Water-based Cleanser...I have never, ever used a cleanser that is gentle enough to not cause my skin to react AND cleans my skin as well as this cleanser does. ...The only thing is that this is very expensive for a facial cleanser.

What it is:
A patented antioxidant-rich cleanser that rehydrates environmentally damaged skin.

What it is formulated to do:
Essential-C Cleanser’s patented antioxidant-rich formula removes environmental impurities, rehydrates, and awakens the senses with a burst of citrus. Phospholipids and sodium PCA attract and bind moisture to dry skin, while a combination of vitamins A, C, and E defend skin from free radical damage. Allantoin and panthenol work to soothe environmentally stressed skin. Essential-C Cleanser is recommended as a step one cleanser in any Murad Environmental Shield® regimen. It is formulated to cleanse and rehydrate skin as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care.


Best Cleanser Ever!!!...I buy the acne products for my daughter, which has helped her tremendously (she uses the cleanser, pads, and gel) Then, I needed my own cleanser and figured I may as well give this cleanser a try. ...A transformative cleanser...This is my first PTR purchase and I'm looking forward to trying more products based on how effective this cleanser is.

What it is: A gel cleanser that transforms into a cloud-like foaming lather to hydrate with hyaluronic acid and to gently remove makeup, excess oil, and impurities.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Drenches skin with a liquid cloud of moisture and improves hydration.
- Amilite®: Effectively cleanses without stripping skin of moisture.
- Squalane, Marshmallow Extract, and Sodium PCA: Work to soothe and visibly soften skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone


I follow up with a water based cleanser. Cleanser leave my skin feeling clean and supple....I prefer using this on a damp face so it emulsifies immediately, washing it and then using a water based cleanser after! My skin isn’t stripped dry but I wouldn’t say it is moisturizing like most milky based oil cleansers.

What it is: A foaming cleanser that removes dirt and makeup and reduces visible redness without stripping lipids from skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dryness, and Redness

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Patented Triple Lipid Complex™ Tech: Helps restore ceramide & fatty acid levels to repair the skin barrier.

- Visibly Plumping Seaweed Hyaluronate Blend: Small particles that intensely hydrate for dewy, glass-like skin.

CaudalieVinoclean Gentle Foam Cleanser

ITEM: 2421097

Size: 5.0 oz/ 150 mL

189 Reviews


I use this as my morning cleanser, and as my 2nd water-based cleanser in the evening. ...Love this as my water based cleanser. It is gentle and effective and does leave my skin feeling soft.

What it is: A natural foaming daily cleanser packed with antioxidants to gently cleanse and soften skin—without soap or sulfates.

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Redness, and Dullness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Grape Water: Provides antioxidant-rich hydration and visibly boosts radiance.
- Sage Extract: Purifies and tones.
- Chamomile Extract: Calms, soothes, and reduces the appearance of redness.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan.

What Else You Need to Know: Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this iconic, airy, foaming formula cleanses without a stripping effect.


Best tatcha cleanser yet!...Best cleanser I have found yet. I have tried many different cleansers. ...Texture/Fragrance- very slightly grainy at first, turns into a rich, creamy wash- soft clean scent Affect - not drying, leaves skin soft How I use it- as a second cleanse in the evening, after my oil-based cleanser Price - $35 My honest review- would I buy it?

What it is: A non-stripping cleanser that gently washes away daily buildup while replenishing moisture to reveal visibly softer, more luminous, clean skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Dryness

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae: Replenish moisture reserve for hydrated, plump skin.

- Japanese Rice Powder: Gently cleanses while leaving skin petal-soft to the touch.

- pH-Neutral Amino Acid Base: Removes dirt without stripping skin, leaving it silky and well-moisturized.


Great Gentle Cleanser!...I really like using this cleanser as my second step in my routine, after using an oil based cleanser. ...A little goes a long way with great foaming action and a deep clean. I use foam cleansers as my 2nd step (I use an oil based cleanser first) and found this product did an excellent job of removing remaining debris from my skin without drying.

What it is: A gentle cleanser and makeup remover, packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries, hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Oiliness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Blueberry Extract: Packed with antioxidants to protect skin against environmental stressors.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates skin by holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture.
- AHA: A blend of lactic acid (derived from plants) and glycolic acid that gently exfoliates and hydrates to reveal smoother, brighter skin over time by removing dead surface skin cells.


This cleansing oil has a thick consistency until water is added. It then turns into a creamy cleanser. ...Love this cleanser...You apply onto dry skin and if it’s not spreading easily enough just add some water to your fingertips and it will help spread it more easily.

What it is: A luxurious oil-based cleanser cuts through, breaks down, and grips makeup, SPF, pollutants, and impurities to leave skin clean, bright, and refreshed without the need for a double cleanse.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Two Forms of Vitamin C: Visibly brightens and fights free radicals.
- Lactic Acid: Helps product absorption.
- Colloidal Oatmeal: Visibly softens and soothes.

Ingredient Callouts: It is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Packed with two forms of potent vitamin C, this multi-action, antioxidant-powered clean

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