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Creamy Facial Cleansers For Dry Skin

Posted on: November 20, 2008

I’ve battled dry skin in my T-zone for many years now. I’ve asked a doctor about it, and he recommended Eucerin, a petroleum based moisturizing cream. It keeps my skin from flaking, but leaves a greasy mess on my face. I also have been warned to avoid petroleum based skin products because they can actually dehydrate your skin. I believe it too, my skin was never cured or remotely relieved of it’s dryness.

I begin my journey with the aid of Whole Body, the division of Whole Foods Market that is dedicated to body care products (supplements, skin, hair, personal, cosmetics, and bath). Whole Body has a lot of helpful information on their website and in a free podcast, “Be Good To Your Whole Body.” For dry skin they suggest three rules: cleansing, toning, and protecting.

Today, I will cover what is first and foremost in facial skin care… cleansing. Whole Body suggests a creamy cleanser such as: Avalon Organics Cleansing Milk (they have 3), Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser, and Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk. These are going to clean the skin while moisturizing at the same time. They also do not include any harmful ingredients that could irritate your skin if it is sensitive like mine. My skin often turns red after using many face washes. This is a clear indication that your skin is sensitive. 

So I tried Avalon Organics Lavender Facial Cleansing Milk, and it was nice. The lavender scent is a bit too strong, but that’s not a big deal. My first reaction was wondering when it was going to lather up. This doesn’t lather though! You have to think of it differently. It’s like washing your face with lotion! The only thing was it didn’t mix well with water. Still, it was nice, my face did feel moisturized after washing it. It didn’t exactly cure my dry skin problems, but it helped. Best of all, no redness or irritation. This is a very nice, soothing cleanser that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.

Next I tried Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser. This was a little pricey for me, but I found it was worth it. The Zia didn’t have an overwhelming fragrance. It also was not the type of cleanser that lathers, hence the creaminess. Yet it seemed to mix better with water than the Avalon. It was smooth and refreshing. In the end, I had much better results after washing with the Zia. My face was more moisturized and it lasted longer throughout the day.

Finally, the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk, yeah… this stuff is just way too expensive for me! Even if it works great, I would not be able to keep buying it. If you can afford it, try it and let me know how it is.

So in conclusion, if money is an issue, which it always is, the Avalon Organics Cleansing Milk will serve you well enough, but I recommend Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser for anyone with dry facial skin.


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