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Everything you need to know about facial cleansing oils

If there is one thing I love more than putting on makeup, it’s taking my makeup off. I think there is something quite satisfying about removing your makeup and feeling fresh faced and comfortably squeaky clean.

For some, removing makeup can feel like a chore. I can understand this especially if after cleansing you’re left with mascara residue around your eyes and your makeup isn’t entirely removed. The fact is some cleansers are just not perfect makeup removers, they can still be great cleansers but you might want to consider adding an oil cleanser to your regimen to enjoy the benefits of removing makeup and other impurities from the skins surface.

I know the sound of rubbing oils to wash your face might sound like a strange concept; especially if you have skin that is more on the oily side.  However Oil Cleansers really are suitable for all skin types; dry to oily.  They are an effective way to remove impurities, natural sebum and makeup gently from your skin.

The key difference in using an oil cleanser as opposed to your traditional gel, foam or cream cleanser is that you need to start off with dry hands. So no wetting your face and hands before lathering onto your face. Once you have a pump or two of the oil cleanser in your palms you can massage it all over your face to loosen off the makeup. I like to start around my lips and face and finish on my eyes and brows were the majority of my makeup usually is. Warning; at this point you will look like an oily, makeup-y mess.

After the oil has loosened the makeup sufficiently you can rinse with water or use a face cloth if you like. Once mixed with water the oil cleanser goes through an emulsification process where it does a quick change from oil to a milky watery texture. So you are left with no feeling of oil on your skin, after mixing with the water it rinses away leaving you with clean, soft skin.

At this point you can do what some like to call a ‘double cleanse’ this is where you would then use your gel, foam or cream cleanser to wash your face. I am a fan of double cleansing and this concept; removing your makeup and then using your cleanser to actually cleanse your skin. If your skin is on the oily side or acnegenic and the idea of an oil cleanser is still a bit scary I would suggest using a gel cleanser after your oil cleanser. This way you will be effectively removing all of your makeup and excess sebum and then cleansing your skin with properties of your oily-skin type cleanser.

Oil Cleansers really are a simple way to effectively remove your makeup. I have found they are suitable and gentle enough to massage around the eye area to remove even waterproof and long wearing makeup. Here are some of my favourites facial cleansing oils:

I love the new Trilogy Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil; this is a great option for those with sensitive skin as it contains no artificial fragrances or petroleum oils and is certified natural. Added bonus it contains rosehip oil – great for skin nourishment.

The MAC Cleanse Off Oil was the first Oil Cleanser I tried years ago and I like it because it has a lovely lemony fresh fragrance and a really handy pump that you can lock shut (great if traveling).

The Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil has a subtle lavender scent and contains conditioning olive and jojoba oil.

The Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel is similar but has a more gel like texture as opposed to an oil. This is a great makeup remover that does literally melt off your makeup. It contains marula oil for conditioning the skin and has the classic Clarins fragrance to it.

Have you used an oil cleanser before? Do you have any other favourite brands I should try next? Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any questions.