Your Ultimate Guide To Cleansing Oils

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I know, I know; many of you get extremely perplexed at the idea of cleaning your skin with oil cos’ like, isn’t that one of the things you’re trying to get OFF your skin!?¬† Yes, which is why cleansing oils are actually so darn effective.

You see, a good cleansing oil will get rid of all the dirt, makeup, excess oil and bacteria from your skin, without stripping the good oils (which keep it smooth and supple).


An oil-based cleanser¬†ūüėõ

The theory behind a cleansing oil is that they remove bad excess oil (plus all the gross stuff on your face, like bacteria and old makeup) because they have similar chemical properties as oil the skin produces, which allow them to interact. This is unlike washing with water, which only separates from oil, doing a shoddy cleansing job in turn.


Anyone. They are so universal but particularly beneficial for those with dry or sensitive skin as so many more traditional cleansers will disagree with the structure of your skin and potentially create issues.

But seriously, anyone is a good candidate for cleansing oils, even those who have super oily skin! Why you ask? Well, the biggest misconception is that oily skin types shouldn’t use oil. Oil is actually the most effective ingredients at removing excess oil and heaps of popular products on the market actually strip your skin of natural oils too, which makes your skin create MORE oil in an effort to protect the skin.


Like any other cleanser! You can use on damp or dry skin however you obviously need less product if your skin is at least a bit damp.

  1. Work 1-2 pumps into your skin, rubbing in circular motion to lift everything from your pores.
  2. Be gentle around your eye area but the great thing about cleansing oils is that they remove hectic eye-makeup easily AND they are super gentle on the area.
  3. Rinse your face and pat dry.

If necessary, repeat, but you really shouldn’t need to, lest you’ve got bloody stage makeup on or the like.


Good cleansing oils

Jurlique¬†Nourishing Cleansing Oil – My OG, Jurlique’s cleansing oil was the first I’d ever tried and what made me change my mind¬†about how effective they could be. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT SO MUCH! $42 AU¬†

Frank Body Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil – The grapeseed-based formula is offset with BHA acids which help dissolve everything off your face. It’s also reasonably priced which is ACE.¬† $23.95 AU

Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil –¬†Soft as soft can be, this formula melts seamlessly into your skin, then it transforms with water into a milky emulsion that rinses away with all the makeup and bacteria on your mug.¬†$52 AU

L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil – Once upon a time I worked for L’Occitane and this is one of those products I will continue to purchase because it is just so darn effective and nourishing.¬† $32 AU

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil РI could be wearing the thickest, most congealed makeup, and this oil would get it all off it one go. It is SO effective and makes your skin feel gorgeous! $46 AU

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil – The most boujee and exxy out of the lot, it’s annoying how beautiful Elemis products are cos’ dey are EXPANSIIIVE.¬† $71¬†AU

Sukin¬† Super Green Cleansing Oil – The only drugstore cleansing oil I’ve found that’s really good. Not surprising though, everything Sukin do, they do excellently.¬†¬†$13.95 AU
Obviously, most of the above are pretty pricey for cleansers but keep in mind you need far less product than a traditional foam or gel cleanser. I go through a bottle every 4-6 months whereas, with other types, I average a new bottle every 6-weeks. BUT if you have found and loved any cheaper options, please pop them below so I can investigate and potentially add to this list!
If you wanna read more about how great oil is for your skin, check out ‘Why You Need To Be Using Oil On Your Skin‘ – it’s got more product recs too¬†ūüėé
Kel x

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