cleansers for winter

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for cleansers for winter.

The winter months can be a challenge for your skin. The dry air and cold temperatures can lead to dry skin, and the wind and dust can make it difficult to keep your home clean. Fortunately, there are some cleansers that will help you battle these problems and keep your skin looking its best. Here are some of the best cleansers for the winter.


I have combination skin and live in a place with very humid summers and dry winters so I have tried many, many cleansers. This is by far one of my favorites. ...Very creamy cleanser. Cleans your face and doesn't dry it out like other cleansers.

What it is: A top-selling facial cleanser—now formulated without parabens.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Conditions skin for a lightly hydrated, non-stripped feel.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

What Else You Need to Know: This award-winning facial cleanser melts away dirt, oil, and makeup. It tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced.

Clinical Results: In a 1-week self-assessment study with 101 women (ages 18


I use it as the first step in my cleansing routine and it removes make-up and dirt really well so that I can simply follow up by using a very gentle cleanser....I should also note I have super sensitive skin in the fall and winter time and this hasn’t bothered me at all, definitely accurate when it says good for all skin types!

What it is: A micellar water ideal for fast, uncomplicated facial cleansing—perfect for after a long day, before going out, or before going to bed.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Uneven Skin Tone

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Moringa Extract: Encourages the removal of pollution particles.
- Golden Gentian Extract: Soothes the skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, oxybenzone, triclosan, and triclocarban. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This formula has a clear, refreshing, texture.


Gentle cream cleanser...This is my favorite cream cleanser right now. I have combo skin with dry cheeks. ...I have dry skin in the winter, it flakes and I get rough patches. I was looking for a cream, non-foaming cleanser and was recommended this product.

What it is:
A lusciously rich face cream to condition and nourish.

What it is formulated to do:
Indulge your skin with this lusciously rich cream that cushions as it gently cleanses. The multiaction, non-foaming formula conditions and nourishes skin without drying, leaving it soft, smooth, supple, and comfortable. It gently removes impurities for a look that's healthy, fresh, and luminous. Use it morning and night as a daily cleanser or twice a week as a three-minute moisture mask.

The Perfectly Clean Collection: A proprietary, next-generation cleansing technology calms, comforts, and clarifies your skin, reducing irritation that can accelerate the appearance of aging.


Best cleanser ever...Also, it takes off my makeup much easier than other cleansers I've used. It's definitely worth the money....I have dry skin which needs a gentle cleanser in Winter. But in warmer temperatures, I need something lighter.

What it is: A gentle and conditioning cleanser that removes makeup, cleanses, and visibly tones— revealing hydrated skin that feels soft and supple.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Champagne Grape Seed Oil: Resveratrol and antioxidant rich, provides skin nourishing benefits.
- Algae: A mineral rich, potent antioxidant, with humectant skincare benefits.
- Aloe Leaf Juice: Improves hydration and skin's natural moisture content.

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

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DermalogicaIntensive Moisture Cleanser

ITEM: 2189579

Size: 5.1 oz/ 150 mL

15 Reviews


I love this cleanser. First time my skin didn’t dry out in the winter....great hydrating cleanser...I really like this cleanser, I am pregnant, fair, sensitive and dehydrated.

What it is: A light, creamy cleanser enhanced with BioReplenish Complex™ to remove impurities while actively nourishing dry, depleted skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness and Uneven Texture, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Lipid-enriched Directly Esterified Fatty Isethionate (DEFI) Surfactant System: Cleanses skin while helping to minimize damage of vital proteins and lipids that defend against dryness.
- BioReplenish Complex™ with Phytoactives from Coconut and Murumuru Seed Butter: Help protect barrier lipids and preserve the skin’s natural resilience.


I really wanted to like this little cleanser. I have cystic and nodulic acne prone skin, and I tend to get dry patches and break out if I use medicated cleansers. ...Good non-stripping cleanser...Recommend this one for winter months and both dry and oily skin types. It's a nice gentle cleanser, although a bit on the pricey side.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A revolutionary one-step skincare solution to cleanse and hydrate while leaving skin feeling soft and refreshed.

Solutions for:
- Dryness
- Dullness and uneven texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles

If you want to know more…
Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Cleanser™ is your skin-loving, game-changing cleanser and serum in one. This breakthrough skincare solution gently cleanses and moisturizes, leaving your skin feeling soft, refreshed, and perfectly balanced.

SulwhasooGentle Cleansing Foam

ITEM: 2708469

Size: 1.69 oz / 50 ml

63 Reviews


This is an amazing cleanser , not drying , non irritating . I have dehydrated in the winter and normal skin all year round ....Loving this cleanser so far. It’s great for days when you’re wearing makeup, it dissolves foundation much like an oil cleansing would.

What it is: A gel cleanser that intensely cleanses pores and water-based impurities while leaving skin feeling hydrated.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Uneven Texture, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Hydra Capture Complex™: A complex of four herbal ingredients to help skin stay hydrated.

- Mulberry Leaf Extract and Mountain Yam Extract: Help soften skin while cleansing.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasi

DermalogicaClearing Skin Wash

Size: 8.4 oz/ 250 mL·ITEM: 2239614

25 Reviews


I’ve tried the so popular YTTP Green Tea cleanser and it didn’t dried my face but didn’t really cleaned it neither. ...I do not recommend this for people with sensitive skin as I find it is drying some times in the winter but with the proper moisiturizer it restores the moisture.

What it is: A foaming cleanser that helps clear skin and reduce the appearance of skin aging.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Pores, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles.
- Menthol and Camphor: Help cool and calm the skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free.


The good: works well, leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed, nicely scented The not good: incredibly thick (hard to squeeze out) which can make it more difficult to apply than other cleansers. As others have said, definitely not a replacement for the cottonseed cleanser (she will be missed!) ...I love this cleanser. I have really sensitive and acne prone skin and I am always scared to try new cleansers, but this one is so nice on my skin.

What it is: A creamy, rinse-off foaming cleanser for normal-to-dry skin that’s soap and SLS free and leaves skin looking soft, hydrated, and radiant.

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Saponaria Balm Extracts: Natural properties allow the formula to be soap and SLS free.
- Gentle Complex (Golden Gentian and Lemon Balm Extracts): Soothes and softens the feel of skin.
- Aloe Vera: Hydrates.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and sulfates SLS & SLES.

What Else You Need to Know: All of the ingredients in the Gentle Foaming Cleanser are sustainably farmed from Le Domaine Clarins—Clarins’s open-air laboratory in the French Alps.


I have used this cleanser consistently for two years - it's great for the summer months and the winter too even when it tends to be really cold and dry here in Canada. ...Fantastic cleanser!...One of my all time favorite cleansers! I use this every other day and absolutely love the way it makes my skin feel.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal

What it is:
A gentle, exfoliating cleanser that helps to purify skin from oil, dirt, and pollutants while visibly enhancing skin clarity.

Solutions for:
- Dullness and uneven texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This foaming face wash gently cleanses skin of oil, dirt, and environmental pollutants. Infused with white birch extract and peony extract, this formula helps to visibly enhance the look of skin clarity while pearlstone, derived from volcanic ash, acts as a gentle exfoliant.

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