Beauty Guide: How to choose a cleansing oil

Cleansing oils are one of my favourite skincare discoveries in my adult life, since then I’ve always had one (or 4) on my shelf. Granted, I still love a good foaming cleanser but for removing multiple layers of face makeup and unclogging my pores, there’s nothing quite like a good oil to get the job done. But choosing a good oil is just about as confusing as trying to pick up some apples at the supermarket; doesn’t it ever astound you how many varieties they stock? The good thing is, I’ve got a few quick tips on what to look for when choosing a cleansing oil to make sure you get it just right.

  • Shu Uemura | Blanc Chroma Cleansing Oil*
  • Shu Uemura | Pore-finist Cleansing Oil*
  • Biotherm | Biosource Cleansing Oil*
  • DHC | Olive Cleansing Oil*
  • Clinique | Take the day off cleansing balm
  • Shiseido | Creamy oil cleanser

Now after much experimentation, I’ve decided that using oils to remove facial makeup and using a separate remover on the eyes makes the most sense to my routine since I wear a heavier amount of eye makeup. Does cleansing oils work to take off waterproof mascara? Yes it does but again it’s a bit fickle and I too often rub the oil into eye while trying to take off the eyeliner between my lashes. For any other type of face makeup however, cleansing oils are an absolute game changer and I find regular massages with the oil actually helps to purge unsightly blackheads over time. (You’re welcome.)

On a last note, I must reiterate that cleansing oils (if chosen and used correctly) isn’t supposed to make your skin more oily which I know is one concern for those approaching this category for the first time. So explore, there must be one out there just for you!

Stay beautiful,

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