HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser
Based on 253 reviews
A unique gel cleanser that easily removes excess oil, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser

Based on 253 reviews
A unique gel cleanser that easily removes excess oil, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
  • Mild cleansing promotes healthy, luminous skin
  • Lightweight but concentrated gel formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin
Skin Redness
    8 oz
    16 oz
Why is it different?
HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser is an exceptionally gentle gel cleanser that effectively removes impurities and makeup while delivering a refreshed, refined complexion without dryness or residue. Even the most sensitive skin types can use this carefully formulated cleanser.
What does it do?
Skin replenishing ingredients along with mild, but effective cleansing agents preserve skin’s vital moisture barrier leaving skin free from impurities. Skin will feel refreshed and comfortably clean.

How to use

Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.

Show details

Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135

Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312

Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60

Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25

Cutis, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19

Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55

Contact Dermatitis, June 1999, pages 310–315

Product Ingredients

Water, Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (gentle cleansing agent), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing ingredient), Sodium Lactate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol (water-binding agents), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Lactic Acid (water-binding agent), Allantoin (soothing agent), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing ingredient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (texture enhancer), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (stabilizer), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (gentle cleansing agent), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Triethanolamine (pH balancer), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Benzophenone-3 (stabilizer),Methylparaben, Propylparaben (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

My holy grail cleanser!


I have oily (during summer)/combination (during winter) sensitive skin with mild rosacea. I've tried Cetaphil and CeraVe cleansers, and despite the best product rating on Beautypedia, my skin would still be mildly dry and tight after cleansing with them. I decided to try this after reading the reviews and description. I was hesitant since I couldn't sample it first, but I took the plunge and I'm thankful I did! This gel cleanser doesn't foam up (found out my skin HATES that), a little goes a long way, and it makes my face look so clean and soft WITHOUT the dry, tight feeling. Please consider making a Hydralight Essentials kit!


North Carolina


Perfection in a cleanser


This is such a great cleanser. Gentle but effective. It makes my combination skin feel clean in the areas where I'm oily and I want to feel cleansed but it doesn't dry my skin out in the places where I'm a little drier. It's just amazing and a joy to use. I will definitely be buying another when my bottle is gone.

Caitlin M

Ocean View, DE


Cool glass of water for my face


Consistently, this is the most gentle, most truly non-irritating or sensitizing cleanser I have ever used. I am so relieved the full Hydralight line is back especially in time for warmer weather, and really put all my stock in Paula's company on the promise that this and the Moisture Boost line will stick around for the long haul, especially given all the recent changes. I have very sensitive combo skin that dries out at the drop of a hat but also congests easily. I am also prone to reactive breakouts that are redder and more inflamed when using something my skin dislikes, and this cleanser calms my face much better than any of the Calm line products. Finding a balance is a chore, but this is the only cleanser I have ever found that *really* doesn't bother my skin ever. It is cool and refreshing, especially when getting more sun at this time of year. It doesn't strip my skin, but also truly cleans it -- in the past, I have flip flopped between cleansers that claim to help with pores but dehydrate for the cost of clean, and dry skin formulas that feel soothing but do nothing for keeping pores gunk-free and smooth. This one is always the ticket.




Please never discontinue this product


I used to breakout around that time of the month every single time. Now, I wash my face with this in the morning during my shower and I'm makeup and zit free during this stupid hormonal mess of a week. I use this product in conjunction with the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant every morning so I'm not entirely sure which product is making the biggest difference but the combo is working wonders! I have been in this routine for about a month now, the first week my cheeks got a little dry but I started focusing on my T-zone and that problem went away. Please never discontinue this product! This is the first time I have been zit free during this time of the month in 10 YEARS.


Toronto, Ontario


Best Cleanser Ever


Please don't ever discontinue this cleanser! Seriously, the whole Hydralight line is a amazing. Everything about Hydralight is perfect for my combination, acne prone skin. My pores are smaller, the redness and irritation has subsided, and my breakouts are going away!


Highland, IN


Fantastic cleanser!


Please never stop making this! This is my all time favourite cleanser! I have sensitive and normal to combination skin, that is dry in some areas and a tad oily in others. This cleanser is a perfect in-between, balance and not has harsh as the Skin Balancing version that I was told by customer service was for people with more oily-combination skin. The gel-like texture is moisturizing and my skin does not feel tight after washing. It's an added bonus that this cleanser also removes makeup efficiently and effectively! I love that it's a two step process in one. My skin feels clean, softer and smoother after using this product. I would definitely recommend it to those that have normal-combination, sensitive, skin.

Fran A

Ottawa, CA


Truly balancing for combination skin


Love this cleanser! It's soothing to my dryer cheek areas but balances my oily t-zone. I will repurchase again and again. Please do not stop making this product ever.




The Most Amazing Cleanser For Super Sensitive, Combo Skin!


I have very sensitive, combination skin, plus I'm on Retin-A, and Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser works perfectly for me. Since most skin care products cause some form of redness on my face, my morning routine consists only of shaving, cleansing using this product, liberally applying Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30, then a thin layer of a Neutrogena tinted, waterproof mineral-based SPF 50. This gel cleanser has no trouble removing the sunscreens at the end of the day, also removes excess oil without drying and causes no redness or irritation! Please do not discontinue this product line again. I will never use anything else!


Asheville, NC


Thank You For Bringing This Back!! Best for Sensitive Skin!


I was running out of my stock pile that I purchased when I saw that this was being discontinued and just now saw it available realizing that it had been brought back. Thank you! I kept worrying what I would use when I finally run out. I have eczema on my face, sensitive-finicky skin besides the eczema, skin that is very prone to drying out from even mild cleansers, oily T-zone/inner cheeks (so combo skin), clogged pores on the nose/T-zone area. In my most sensitive irritable state, this cleanser will never irritate or dry out my skin even with vigorous and rinse and repeat cleansing. If my skin is flaring or irritable I always feel better after cleansing with this, cool water and a basic moisturizer. It's very soothing. I have a super weak skin barrier (especially with my eczema) so that even if I just rinse my skin even without cleansing my skin becomes dry and tight without a lot of moisturizer, so of course even some mild cleansers are too drying for me (like Simple Moisturizing Cleanser), but this makes my skin feel better, it softens and moistens my skin. I can only speak for myself but this is a HOLY GRAIL cleanser for me. It's soothing, it cleans it really well (I cleanse messaging well, rinse and repeat with it and use no other cleanser or make up remover and it removes my sunscreen and makeup), and it never irritates and it's super affordable. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing it back!!! I love the brand and what you're about, I love how you have slight variations for all of us to find what exactly works for us. Thanks for listening to those of us that feel we NEED this product. It's hard finding sensitive skin friendly products ESPECIALLY cleansers which can be so harsh. Sensitive skin and dryness go hand in hand feeding each other and this is a double punch.






BEST CLEANSER EVER... Thank goodness you brought this product back!!! I LOVE HYDRALIGHT because it totally washes away the oil (without being harsh or irritating), it's fragrance free, and it doesn't cause me to break out. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE... NEVER discontinue HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser!!!!!!! My face was a total MESS without it!!! I actually have scars, on both my face and jawline/neck area, from breaking out so horribly, because HYDRALIGHT cleanser was no longer available. FYI: I'm a 46 year old woman, who, due to very sensitive skin, has never worn foundation/makeup (except for concealer, on occasion). I believe I started using HYDRALIGHT cleanser ~ 1999, and continued to use it, until it was discontinued. Thank goodness Paula decided to make this product available again, and I'm now back to using the HYDRALIGHT cleanser I've loved all these years (~18 years). I have extremely oily, congested, sensitive, acne-prone skin (inflamed pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, hormonal cysts that intermittently pop up, etc...) However, even with all of my unfortunate skin issues, HYDRALIGHT cleanser became my "lifesaver", and over the years, it really helped to "manage" my skin, keeping things "under control". During the time that HYDRALIGHT was discontinued, and no longer available, I spent an absolute FORTUNE, on a TON of other cleansers, desperately trying to find something suitable, and/or similar, to HYDRALIGHT. However, NOTHING even came close, and my skin looked horrendous... Red, irritated, tons of acne, etc... I was really starting to "freak out"!!! Please know that I am so VERY THANKFUL that Paula listened to her customers, and brought this wonderful cleanser back!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I seriously cannot live without this cleanser... It's the ONLY cleanser on the market that doesn't cause my skin to "freak out". I've been stockpiling this cleanser, as I NEVER want to be without it, ever again!!!


Oceanside, CA



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