The Best Face Washes, from Gels to Oils (And Everything in Between)

Because they all seem to blend into one another in the beauty aisle.

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Provided that you're not cheating on your skin care (assisted by a handy makeup remover), you're probably washing your face every single day. And since we're always looking for ways to enhance our skincare game, here we've catalogued the best of cleansers for all skin types and budgets.

Cream cleansers are a godsend for dry skin since they moisturize and cleanse all at once. Avoid alcohol and sulfates in your cleanser if your skin is especially thiiirsty and instead, look for ones with added oils and antioxidants (e.g. The Body Shop's Vitamin E Cleanser) or a gentle milky texture (try Yes to Cucumbers).

Foams are great middle-of-the-road choices if you're #blessed with normal skin or have combination skin and just need something gentle, but moisturizing. Lancôme and Caudalie have two excellent new sudsy options while Olay's 7 Effects cleanser is an eternal classic for combatting wrinkles.

Those with oily skin should look for a gel cleanser that will cleanse dirt and grease without completely stripping the face of its natural oils.

Glossier's holy grail Milky Jelly cleanser hydrates without stinging your eyes, while Tarte's new goth-y cleanser stick exfoliates as a cleanser or mask when you apply it directly to the skin. Alba Botanica's nature-based pineapple enzyme cleanser is a winner as far as drugstore products go, especially on sensitive skin.

As anyone with coconut oil addiction knows, oils are the best salves for dry skin, especially to lock in moisture after a shower. Tata Harper's cult favorite cleanser—combining clay and essential oils —is worth the splurge for its clarifying powers (blackheads=DOA). Meanwhile, Lancôme's Energie de Vie removes dirt like a charm and targets tired and puffy skin. And lest we forget, Neutrogena's cleansing oil is the best of budget buys.

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