Try These: Cleansing Oils

Try These: Cleansing Oils

While cleansing oils are relatively new to the North American market, they have been used for many years in traditional Asian beauty rituals. It may sound counter-intuitive to cleanse your skin with the exact thing you’re trying to remove, but the science behind it makes perfect sense. One of the most basic concepts I learned in organic chemistry was the idea that “like dissolves like,” meaning oil-based solvents will dissolve oils and water-based solvents will dissolve water-based (or “aqueous”) solutions. Skin sebum, makeup and sunscreens are typically oil-based, so using a cleansing oil will help to break the molecules down more effectively. They work wonders on waterproof mascara and long-wear lip color, too!

Cleansing oils are applied to dry skin and massaged in—to let it work its magic. Afterwards, water is added to emulsify the product and rinse it away. These cleansing oils are designed to rinse off without leaving any residue on the skin. So even though you’re using an oil all over, there’s no greasy residue or film left behind (and also why they are so great for those with oily skin)!

I’ve rounded up some star formulas for you to try if you’re new to cleansing oils or you’re in the market to try a different formula. Some new, some old—but all great at giving your skin the deepest, most comfortable cleanse possible.

Click here to read more about each cleansing oil on Beautezine.
  • 1 of 9 shu uemura x KYE ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil
  • shu uemura x KYE ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil
  • shu uemura x KYE ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil, $90

    shu uemura has been known for their iconic cleansing oils for years (in fact, it was Mr. Uemura who developed the very first one in 1967) and each season they celebrate their formulas by launching them decorated in limited-edition packaging. Ultime8 is my personal favorite formula of the entire line-up, which softens skin and improves the complexion. This Spring, the bottle is cased in Seoul-inspired motif illustrations by Kathleen Kye, a high-end Korean street fashion designer.

    BUY IT: shuuemura-usa.com

  • 2 of 9 Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil
  • Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil
  • Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, $9

    This budget-friendly cleansing oil that stands up to the luxury brands in terms of both quality and experience. The formula breaks down long-wear and waterproof makeup with ease and rinses away without any residue left on the skin. It has a light, refreshing fragrance that I love and gives you that ultimate clean sensation without stripping the skin.

    BUY IT: ulta.com

  • 3 of 9 Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
  • Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
  • Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil, $16

    For those who desire an all-natural formula, Burt’s Bees’ new cleansing oil is a winning choice. Coconut and Argan oils remove dirt, makeup and sunscreen and rinses away without leaving an oily residue.

    BUY IT: ulta.com

  • 4 of 9 Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil
  • Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil
  • Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil, $42

    Seaberry oil has been known for many years as a natural, skin-healing miracle ingredient, and this new omega-rich cleansing oil utilizes it to improve skin texture and hydration. It’s effective on the most stubborn makeup but leaves skin super smooth, clean and hydrated. Orpheus Flower Extract also provides extra antioxidant properties to protect the skin with each use.

    BUY IT: sephora.com

  • 5 of 9 Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Oil
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Oil
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Oil, $25

    Philosophy’s iconic multi-tasking Purity cleanser is also available in a luxurious, mineral oil-free formula. It’s great for getting a deep cleanse with a blend of natural oils that dissolve the day away while leaving skin completely clean and comfortable. Plus, the aromatic scent of sage, pepper and sandalwood is one you’re sure to fall in love with.

    BUY IT: sephora.com

  • 6 of 9 Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, $28

    Clinique is always one of my go-to brands for products that are great for sensitive skin. I love knowing the formulas never have any added fragrance and that they are allergy tested. If you’ve had any issues with cleansing oils in the past causing adverse skin reactions (many of them contain natural extracts and essential oils), then give this one a try. It’s just as effective and great for all skin types.

    BUY IT: sephora.com

  • 7 of 9 TATCHA Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • TATCHA Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • TATCHA Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48

    This sensitive skin-friendly formula contains Camellia Oil, which was chosen because of its importance in the geisha’s cleansing ritual. The vitamin-enriched formula nourishes dry skin, calms sensitive skin and decongests oily skin, making it a fabulous formula for everyone.

    BUY IT: sephora.com

  • 8 of 9 Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil
  • Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil
  • Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, $32

    This award-winning formula is a pure classic and great place to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the cleansing oil choices around. It’s comfortable, effective and leaves skin totally clean. For an even more effective cleanse inspired by Asian beauty rituals, follow up with your regular cleanser afterwards to maximize your skincare benefits.

    BUY IT: sephora.com

  • 9 of 9 La Mer The Cleansing Oil
  • La Mer The Cleansing Oil
  • La Mer The Cleansing Oil, $85

    As of the most luxurious formulas on the market, La Mer’s cleansing oil uses marine oils to detoxify and cleanse skin. Infused with their signature Miracle Broth (the same skin-loving complex found in their iconic cream) to deliver nutrients and moisture deep down into the skin with each use.

    BUY IT: nordstrom.com

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