cleansing oil

Why a cleansing oil will completely transform your skincare regime

Goodbye face washes, because we're all about the oil

While we’re sure that cream cleanser you’re using is very nice, it might be worth switching it out for a cleansing oil.

Why? Nothing removes make-up, surface impurities and dirt from your pores quite as well as an oily formula will. You’ll find you barely have to rub at your eyes to shift even waterproof mascara.

Using an oil cleanser on an already oily complexion might seem counter-intuitive, but the best thing to remove oil is in fact, oil. It’s one of the biggest beauty myths that oil will make you break out if you have oily skin; this is simply not true, as in fact it’s probably the best cleanser for your skin type.

Binding easily to dirt and grime to remove it from your skin, cleansing oil goes on to dry skin, emulsifies with a little water and washes off as a milk, leaving your skin feeling clean and soft, not stripped.

Much like a cleansing balm, it can be used as the first step in your double cleanse.

Read on as we break down the best that money can buy…

Cleansing oil for oily skin

Votary Clarifying Cleansing Oil, £46 Space NK

cleansing oil Votary

If you have oily, acne prone skin and still can’t get your head around using an oil cleanser then opt for one that is specific to your needs. This Votary one heals and comforts skin that’s in need of a bit of TLC.

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £24 Look Fantastic

cleansing oil DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

One of the most popular Japanese beauty products in the world, this olive-oil based cleansing oil is super thick and nourishing for a really thorough cleansing treatment. It leaves your face feeling soft and never greasy, and has a gentle and natural scent.

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bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, £22, Fabled

cleansing oil bareMinerals

It’s bang on in terms of thickness (not too thick and gloopy, not so thin it seeps between your fingers), smells delicious and, most importantly, doesn’t leave your eyes super blurry when removing eye make-up.

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Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, £35 Cult Beauty

cleansing oil Sunday Riley

Not only is this cleansing oil great at ridding your skin of every last speck of make-up, dirt and grime from your face, it’s also brilliant at brightening skin and making your skin look healthy.

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, £12

cleansing oil The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The body shop offer some of the best cleansers on the high street, with the Camomile Cleansing oil a firm favourite in the offices. Efficient and bang for your buck, this one takes off all of your make-up gently with the comforting smell of chamomile to help you wind down at the end of a long day. The Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from the same range is also excellent.

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Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser, £68, Selfridges

cleansing oil Tata Harper

This one is a luxurious treat, but the price tag is worth it. It massages into the skin nicely to remove all make-up, and like many of Tata’s all-natural products, it smells a little like Chocolate Orange (but way better for your skin).

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Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, £32, Fabled

cleansing oil Shiseido

Shiseido’s cleansing oil is so fluid that it’s almost water-like, but don’t let that fool you; its cleaning power is exceptional. As well as being an great cleanser, it has a really comforting smell, like fresh laundry in an airing cupboard.

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Got a favourite oil cleanser you already love? Let us know by tweeting us at @marieclaireuk.

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