One of the hardest decisions to make when you’re exhausted before bed or running late in the morning is whether to wash your face or not. But let me tell you—the answer is basically always yes, you should cleanse your face. “Besides makeup, there are many environmental aggressors, like pollution and bacteria, which can cause rapid aging if left on the skin,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC. Just like you need a reset every morning and night, so does your skin.
Skipping out on face wash can lead to a number of skin problems: rapid aging, breakouts, chronic inflammation, redness, clogged pores–the list goes on. It’s important to wash away makeup, dirt, and oils daily to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. And while there’s no shortage of cleansers to choose from, sometimes they don’t always fit your budgets.
And because you rinse face wash off immediately after use, it’s easy to feel like you’re sending your money straight down the drain. But have no fear, there are some great drugstore face washes and cleansers on the market.
The best drugstore cleansers are full of skin-saving ingredients that you’re used to seeing in pricier products, like antioxidants, plant extracts, acids, and ceramides, so there’s something for everyone at the drugstore. Whether you have combination skin, acne-prone skin, or normal, combination skin. these drugstore face washes—all of which cost less than $14—will have you on your way to glowy skin in no time.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
There’s nothing worse than the feeling of dry, tight skin. This hydrating cleanser works to balance moisture in the skin thanks to hyaluronic acid, which helps retain skin’s natural moisture, and ceramides, which work to restore skin’s protective barrier.
Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash
Oily skin is a breeding ground for acne, but luckily this cleanser fights both oil and breakouts. The foam wash reduces oil, shine, and impurities, while soothing licorice root extract and zinc keep inflammation at bay.
Bliss Fab Foaming 2-In-1 Cleanser & Exfoliator with Bamboo Buffers
For those dry parts of your skin, ingredients, like organic chamomile, passion fruit, and English marigold flower, have soothing benefits. Your oil-prone areas will find refuge in bamboo buffers, a natural antioxidant that gently exfoliates while also removing oil, dirt, and makeup.
Olay Sensitive Hungarian Water Essence Calming Liquid Cleanser
Those with sensitive skin can relish in the benefits of this lightweight cleanser from Olay. The formula contains calming essences of aloe and cucumber to combat dry, stressed skin, leaving it feeling calm, cool, and collected.
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser
Remember this face wash from your high school days? It hasn’t gone anywhere, and for a good reason. It contains beads full of vitamin C and ginseng that burst when activated with water, while the citrus scent wakes up tired skin. The hypoallergenic formula means that anyone can relive the good ole days.