Do you see residual makeup on the towel whenever you dry your skin after washing your face? This could mean you’re either not cleansing properly, or the cleanser you are using is not the best at removing tough products like waterproof makeup or even sunscreen. Cleansing is the basic step in any skincare routine and if it is not done properly, even the best serums and creams will not be able to work their magic on your skin.
Oil cleansers are the most effective in removing makeup and any impurities from your skin. They will help in dissolving any waterproof makeup. Just take two to three pumps of the cleansing oil and gently massage the oil all over your dry face. Then, wet your hands and massage your skin again to emulsify the oil. Finally, wash your face and continue your routine with your usual cleanser. Check out some of the best oil cleansers we have rounded up for you.
FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil, $30 (120 ml)
The OG cleansing oil for many people, this cult favourite has undergone several iterations. Its latest, which was introduced in early 2018, is now able to remove makeup without dissolving the glue used on eyelash extensions. Plus, it boasts better cleansing powers thanks to its Nano Cleansing Technology, which is able to reach into pores.
Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, $165 (450 ml)
While there are many variations of cleansing oils from Shu Uemura, the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil would have to be the most luxurious. It has a more viscous texture compared to the otherwise fluid one we’re used to, this definitely makes for a more pampering experience. It contains eight precious botanical oils including Japanese camellia, Korean ginseng, and golden bamboo to nourish skin while it cleanses.
Skin Inc Pure Trinity Serum-Infused Cleansing Oil, $78 (150 ml)
This tri-phase cleansing oil contains three different layers – serum, cleansing oil and water. The oil layer helps wick away hard-to-remove sunscreen and waterproof makeup while the water purifies without clogging pores. Lastly, the serum soothes irritation and contains antioxidants to help fight against free radical damage.
Huxley Cleansing Oil, $65 (200 ml)
Like all Huxley products, this cleansing oil also features the star ingredient prickly pear cactus seed oil. It boasts an exceptional ability to retain hydration due to its harsh native environment, and also contains plenty of antioxidants to help your skin defend against free radical damage.
THREE Cleansing Oil, $68 (185 ml)
The THREE Cleansing Oil is made up of 98 per cent natural ingredients including botanical and essential oils. The essential oil blend contains laurel leaf oil, frankincense oil, lavender oil, orange peel oil and wintergreen oil to invigorate your senses while you cleanse. Jojoba oil, olive oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, tea seed oil, meadowfoam oil, rosehip oil and sapote butter help dissolve impurities and makeup without drying skin out.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $55 (175 ml)
This cleansing oil is perfect as part of your night-time cleansing ritual. Containing evening primrose oil, squalane and lavender essential oil, the scent is soothing and leaves skin feeling clean but hydrated.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $67 (150 ml)
The Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing oil uses Japanese Camellia Oil as its base. It is rich in antioxidants, as well as Vitamins A, B, D and E and nourishing Omegas 3, 6, and 9; all without feeling heavy on skin. Tatcha’s proprietary complex, the Hadasei-3 Complex, is also infused into the cleansing oil to boost its anti-ageing properties and help promote healthier skin.
Bybi Beauty Swipe Clean Oil Cleanser, $50 (100 ml)
The Bybi Swipe Clean contains oils with antibacterial properties. Formulated without any essential oils, this gentle cleansing oil is suitable even around the eye area, and takes off waterproof makeup with ease.
Text: Arissa Ha / Women’s Weekly / October 2019