A good face wash is a staple in every skincare routine. As the first step in your regimen, the product should keep your complexion clean, balanced, and ready for the layers that follow. While it’s true that gel cleansers are often recommended for oily and combination skin (especially in spring and summer), many new formulations are suitable for all skin types—even sensitive and dry skin—thanks to the inclusion of hydrating heroes like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, soothing botanicals like aloe and chamomile, and other non-stripping, nourishing ingredients.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best gel cleansers on the market today. Some are formulated to boost hydration and support the skin barrier, while others are ideal to exfoliate and banish breakouts. In any case, they all get our stamp of approval due to their ability to yield brighter, healthier skin.