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Cleansing is one of the most important aspects of any skin-care routine. Washing your face twice daily is crucial when it comes to effectively eliminating excess dirt, oil, and product buildup — all while ensuring your skin stays healthy and hydrated. While not every cleanser may be suitable for your skin type, there are hundreds to choose from: and, best of all, you need not spend a ton of hard-earned cash on a quality cleanser. In fact, some of the best face washes on the market can be found at Target. Bath Confitti
Not sure where to start? We've got you covered. Regardless of your skin type, Adam Friedman, MD, a Washington, D.C.-based, board-certified dermatologist, previously told Allure that folks should "go for cleansers with humectants, which help keep water in the skin, and prebiotics, as they help contribute to a healthy microbiome." One such humectant to look for is glycerin, which is famous for its moisturizing properties. Moreover, this skin-care staple is a common ingredient in most — if not all — top-notch facial cleansers.
To help narrow down your options even further — and present you with options that won't cause a fortune — we've compiled a list of the absolute best face washes you can buy at Target. Between derm-approved selects and Best of Beauty and Readers' Choice Award winners, you can't go wrong by snapping up any of these cleansers, especially when you consider their wallet-friendly price points.
The Vanicream Unscented Gentle Facial Cleanser is great for those with sensitive skin, thanks to its gentle paraben-, fragrance-, and lanolin-free formula infused with glycerin. New Orleans-based, board-certified dermatologist Mamina Turegano, MD, previously recommended this face wash, adding that it's suitable for those prone to allergies, dryness, and eczema.
Byoma Creamy Jelly Cleanser recently racked up a 2022 Best of Beauty Award for its unique, sensitive-skin-friendly formula, as it's non-comedogenic and soap-, fragrance,- and alcohol-free. Upon contact with water, the texture transforms from a bouncy jelly to a velvety cream for a sensorial experience. We especially love that it's spiked with fatty acids, glycerin, and ceramides, as well as antioxidant-loaded staples like licorice root and camellia sinensis leaf extracts (a.k.a. green tea), so skin is never left feeling stripped.
CeraVe's Acne Foaming Cream Face Cleanser snapped up a Best of Beauty Award back in 2021, and we're still singing its praises over a year later. That's because this acne-banishing face wash contains four percent benzoyl peroxide, which Jessica Krant, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, previously described as "both antimicrobial, killing bacteria and other organisms, and an exfoliant, helping to unclog pores and gently debride the surface layer of skin." The cream-to-foam formula also contains barrier-strengthening ceramides, hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, and niacinamide to soothe.
Not only has the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser racked up several Best of Beauty and Readers' Choice Awards over the years, but it's also won over countless skin-care enthusiasts and dermatologists since its inception in 1947. Speaking of derms, Dr. Turegano previously told Allure that this face wash is ideal for those who aren't sure which cleanser to buy since it is "gentle enough for all skin types." Ingredient highlights include glycerin, niacinamide, and skin-strengthening panthenol (a.k.a. vitamin B5).
La Roche Posay's Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Wash — a 2021 Best of Beauty Award winner — boasts a creamy formula that hugs the skin. Though it's chock-full of skin-loving, ultra-versatile ingredients like glycerin and niacinamide, it's also non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores. It's also worth noting that Dr. Turegano previously told Allure that this face wash is excellent for folks with dry skin.
Peach & Lily's Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser leaves the skin feeling clean, refreshed, and hydrated. This Kourtney Kardashian-approved face wash is chock-full of glycerin plus antioxidant-laden botanical extracts like green tea, chamomile, camellia, cucumber, peach, and rosemary. It also offers a subtle calming scent with notes of lavender, camelia, and chamomile.
As you can guess by its name, the Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Face Wash produces a rich, foamy lather when mixed with water. Its gentle-yet-effective formula removes dirt, oil, and other impurities without drying out your skin. Thanks to ingredients like niacinamide, panthenol, and glycerin, it's suitable for almost all skin types.
IT Cosmetics' Confidence in a Cleanser Gentle Face Wash quickly and easily melts away dirt, makeup, and SPF. Thanks to its soap-, alcohol,- and sulfate-free formula, this uber-hydrating face wash won't strip the skin or leave your face feeling tight. In addition to ceramides and glycerin, this cleanser is also packed with emollients like squalane, colloidal oatmeal, and shea butter to seal in moisture.
The Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser was specially formulated with acne-prone skin in mind. In addition to removing dirt, oil, and bacteria, this face wash keeps breakouts at bay with its hero ingredient, salicylic acid. Put simply, Yunyoung Claire Chang, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, previously described salicylic acid to Allure as "an oil-soluble beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) that goes deep into the pores to clear out dirt, oil, and other impurities."
Apto's Orange Blossom Cleanser is a silky face wash that glides onto the skin smoothly, removing impurities without leaving behind any icky residue. But, don't be fooled by how lightweight the cleanser feels on the face: it's loaded with potent ingredients like moisturizing grapeseed oil, aloe, and green tea extracts.
This Native Face Wash — which is both sulfate- and paraben-free — contains vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that can brighten skin and improve pigmentation over time. Additionally, board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai's Department of Dermatology in New York City, previously told Allure that vitamin C can also be credited with neutralizing free radicals and keeping "inflammation at bay." Meanwhile, the refreshing citrus scent is a bonus.
You heard it here first: acne-prone, oily, and combination skin are no match for St. Ives' Deep Cleanse Cream Wash, which features an oil-, paraben-, and alcohol-free formula to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while unclogging pores. This 2022 Best of Beauty Award winner is enriched with glycerin, as well as acne-fighting ingredients like tea tree oil and witch hazel.
Neutrogena's Skin Balancing Moisturizing and Soothing Milky Cleanser is a fantastic choice for sensitive-skinned folks "who want to try an exfoliating cleanser." This is because polyhydroxy acids (PHAs for short, of which this cleanser contains two percent) are "less irritating than salicylic or glycolic acid." This hypoallergenic formula is also spiked with allantoin, a calming ingredient known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
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