Here’s Why You Need A Cleansing Oil In Your Life

Meet the skincare trick you’ve been waiting for your whole life…

Drop those cleansing wipes and step away from the foaming cleanser – there’s a new, gentler way to wash your face that’s quickly gaining legions of fans. Meet the cleansing oil: speedy as a wipe, nourishing as a cleansing milk, thorough as a balm cleanse.

Before we tell you all about the cleansing oil and when and how to use it, we have to add a single caveat. To really get the best of your skin, we’d heartily recommend that you cleanse twice at night, and once in the morning. If using an oil, this will take mere minutes, so there’s no excuse to hang onto those preservative-soaked, skin-damaging wipes. Rant over. Here’s everything you need to know about cleansing oils:

When: In the evening, you want to use your oil to remove make-up/pollution/excess oil as soon as you’re ready to be sans make-up. Follow with a second cleanse, either with a balm or a gel or even another go with the oil cleanser – whatever you do, just do it a second time. We promise it’ll make all the difference. In the morning, once will suffice. 

How: A pump or two massaged onto dry skin and then either rinsed away with running warm water or a damp flannel. Pat skin dry, follow with skincare.

Why: Cleansing oils are clever little things – not only do the oils grab debris lingering on the skin and sweep them away when rinsing, but the combination of oil with warm water action will loosen waterproof and tubing mascara, making easy work of getting them off. An emulsifying oil is also a very gentle way to cleanse and won’t disturb the skin’s all-important barrier function, so it’s ideal for all skin types from the chronically dry to acneic.

Which: Sold? Thought so. Here’s our hit list of the best: 

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, £37.50. Containing 8 botanical oils, this silky oil left our skin soft and perfectly clean.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £21.50. This thrifty cleansing oil is cult thanks to its ability to dissolve make-up and grime.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, £22. There is nothing, we repeat, NOTHING this oil won’t wash away in a single application. Pop it next to your sink before a big night out – your skin will thank you for it the next morning.

Nude Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Oil, £28.Go for this one if you’ve got dry or sensitive skin: the omega oil content is calming and nourishing.

African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil, £52. A firm favourite in these quarters, this oil is for you if you’ve got problematic or scarred skin, as it will gently exfoliate with a blend of AHAs as it whips off make-up.

For more beauty advice and recommendations by Madeleine check out her blog and head over to our sister beauty site Powder to be matched up with the perfect cleansing oil for your skin…

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