Water Based Facial Cleanser

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Water-based cleansers are a good choice for people with sensitive skin or those who want to avoid the harshness of soap. They're also easy to find and inexpensive, which is a plus if you're on a budget. Here is some great water-based facial cleanser for you.


I began to experience dry and flaky patches around my cheeks, forehead, and nose presumably due to stress. I've used water based moisturizers and cream moisturizers but it seemed like nothing would stop the dryness BUT immediately after I tried this cleanser, I felt like my face was feeling plump, super soft, and it wasn't flaky anymore!! ...This is a great water-based cleanser. I use it in the morning and evening as a 2nd cleanse after an oil-based cleanser.

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.


I adore this facial cleanser. I switch up products from time to time but I will probably stick with this one. ...This is the greatest second cleanser I’ve ever used! Of course I use an oil based first cleanser then this one.

What it is: A non-drying, antioxidant-packed gel cleanser that gently yet effectively removes makeup, SPF, and excess oils, leaving skin hydrated and glowing.

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.

MuradEssential-C Cleanser

ITEM: 654798

Size: 6.5 oz

405 Reviews


The only thing is that this is very expensive for a facial cleanser....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.

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.

CaudalieVinoclean Gentle Foam Cleanser

ITEM: 2421097

Size: 5.0 oz/ 150 mL

194 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.


My favorite bougie cleanser...It feels so luxurious and never ever leaves my skin feeling dry and stripped. This is my favorite water-based cleanser after I go in with a makeup removing oil or balm cleanser first. ...Best Cleanser Ever!...This is the perfect cleanser, it’s a perfect water based cleanser and I love how it makes my skin feel.

What it is: A gentle face cleanser proven to instantly soothe visible redness & hydrate while supporting skin’s moisture barrier for a healthy look over time.  

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Soy Proteins (Upcycled from the Food Industry): Help tighten the look of skin.

- Cucumber Extract: Calms skin.

- Aloe Vera: Soothes and hydrates.

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


This cleansing water has replaced the other cleansing waters I have used. ...Holy Grail Water...I like the bottle design (only flaw is sometimes water shoots out the sides). The cleansing water is so hydrating and takes off makeup and I don’t feel totally dry afterwards like some other waters.

What it is: A cleansing water, formulated with zinc and aloe vera, that efficiently removes makeup from the face and eyes while purifying the skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, pores, oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Zinc of Natural Origin: Known to purify the look of skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections.
- Aloe Vera of Natural Origin: Known to soothe skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: 90 percent of the ingredients in this product are of natural origin, the remaining 10 percent is mainly to ensure the sensory

ShiseidoRefreshing Cleansing Water

ITEM: 2044196

Size: 6 oz/ 180 mL

10 Reviews


This is a nice micellar water. It’s gentle, yet effective. My only complaint is I wish it were in a bigger bottle. ...One of my fave micellar cleansing waters! I don’t use it to take off makeup, that wouldn’t be smart..

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

What it is:
An oil-free wipe-off cleanser that removes impurities, makeup, and oil.

Solutions for:
- Oiliness
- Dryness

If you want to know more…
This gentle water-based cleanser whisks away the impurities, makeup, and oil that can clog pores and lead to imperfections. The pH-balanced formulation maintains skin’s natural balance, eliminating excess oil, hydrating, and cleansing skin without dryness or tightness. Skin is left refreshed and invigorated.

What else you need to know:
This formula is dermatologist tested, noncomedogenic, and free of alcohol and oil.


It does not feel greasy going on at all, the water base is obvious and it's very light. I will say there are some mascaras it does not completely remove, but the residue comes off when I cleanse so it's ok.

What it is:
A lightweight, water-based makeup remover.

What it is formulated to do:
This unique, water-based, cream-gel formula removes all makeup, even longwearing and waterproof. It refreshes the senses with a crisp herbal citrus scent and rinses away easily, leaving skin feeling silky-soft with no greasy after-feel.

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. It is suitable for contact lens wearers.


I always wash it off and double cleanse because tbh I can’t imagine not washing off your cleanser. (I know it’s a micellar water but would you rub makeup all over your face and then just leave it?)...However, it is very oily based, so make sure you cleanse afterwards. But, it does do a very good job at removing eye makeup/face and is my new fav!

What it is: A gentle, conditioning, cleansing oil and micellar water hybrid makeup remover that melts off and lifts away long-wearing and waterproof makeup without tugging skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Comfrey Root Extract: Soothes dry, stressed skin.
- Micellar Water: Attracts dirt, oil, and makeup like a magnet.
- Pro-Vitamin B5: A powerful, natural moisturizer.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

HerbivoreRose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist

ITEM: 2297372

Size: 4.0 oz/ 120 mL

72 Reviews


This & the Caudalie grape water (not the elixir) are my 2 favorite facial mist a of all time & I would recommend them to anybody!!! ...I use it pre-essence if my skin is dry to help it absorb my water based products easier. I use it when my skin feels irritated from a lot of layers of skincare.

What it is: : A super-fine mist of natural hydrating and soothing vegan hyaluronic acid, rose hydrosol, coconut water, and hibiscus extract.

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

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

Formulation: Lightweight Spray

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Rosewater: Naturally antioxidant-rich while hydrating, soothing, and reducing the appearance of redness.
- Hibiscus Flower Extract: A natural source of gently smoothing malic acid to soften skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Locks in moisture by attracting over 1,000 times its weight in water.

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