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How to use cleansing oils the right way

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The future of cleansing is oils. Surprised? So were we.

Turns out the answer to your cleansing prayers is oil. This little-known lifesaver is seriously underrated, and we’re here to spread the word.

We know what you’re thinking – but what if I already have oily skin? Surely you’re not suggesting I fight fire with fire? Using oil will just make me break out. Right?

Wrong.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, cleansing oils remove excess sebum, but simultaneously replenish the naturally occurring oils in your skin once these ‘bad’ oils are banished. They leave your skin clean, but without that taut, dehydrated feeling. Better yet, they’re the multi-tasker of face washes – a cleanser and make-up remover in one, eliminating all the toxic remnants of your day including dirt, make-up and pollution.

As most face oils are made from a combo of natural ingredients, they’re also suitable for all skin types. Known in beauty circles as the natural alternative to traditional chemical-based cleansers – which can have an unpredictable impact on your skin – it’s really no wonder this mystifying product has been trending lately.


So how do I use a cleansing oil?

  1. Pour 

    Make sure your hands are dry, then pump or pour a few drops of your chosen oil into your palms. 

  2. Apply

    Gently smooth the oil onto your face.

  3. Emulsify 

    Wet your face to emulsify the cleansing oil, gently massaging the oil into your skin for 20 seconds or so, to ensure that all make-up and impurities are properly removed.

  4. Rinse 

    Remove any residue with warm water, or a damp cloth. 

Voilé!

Regardless of your chosen cleansing oil, your skin will be left looking plump, hydrated and clean.

Inspired to give it a work out? Keep reading for the 5 cleansing oils we’re loving right now.



SHU UEMURA Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil


SHU UEMURA Co Ultime8 2017 P/B 450 Ad Cleansing Oil SHU UEMURA Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil SHOP NOW

Shu Uemura is celebrating 50 years since the birth of its first ever cleansing oil, so you can guarantee they’ve nailed their Ultime8 formula.



KIEHL'S Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

KIEHL'S Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil 180ml KIEHL'S Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil SHOP NOW


Containing Evening Primrose Oil and lavender extracts, this little beauty works to soothe tired skin and relax your senses - the perfect addition to your bedtime regime.



ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil

ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil 200ml ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil SHOP NOW

Elizabeth Arden’s formula contains apricot, safflower and olive oils for a nutrient rich solution your skin will adore.


BOBBI BROWN Soothing Cleansing Oil

BOBBI BROWN Soothing Cleansing Oil BOBBI BROWN Soothing Cleansing Oil SHOP NOW

If you love their makeup (who doesn't?), it’s worth trying Bobbi Brown’s cleansing oil, especially when it contains jojoba oil - ideal for replicating your skin’s natural oil production.


L'OCCITANE Immortelle Cleansing Oil

L'OCCITANE Immortelle Cleansing Oil L'OCCITANE Immortelle Cleansing Oil SHOP NOW


As its name suggests, L'Occitane's cleansing oil is designed to discourage ageing with its inclusion of the Corsica essential oil. Serious. Must. Have.


Words by Hannah Gay



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