Cheatsheet: All About Cleansing Oils

Do you use cleansing oils? No, they are not the new thing that just hit the scene, but they seem to have grown in popularity over the last several months.  I started using oil as a cleanser when I started playing with the many uses of coconut oil.  I would remove my makeup with coconut oil and generally liked it, but it was a bit messy and the consistency was not what I was exactly looking for.  So, imagine liking to cleanse with oil, but something being not quiet right.  That was my dilemma.

Ok, cool.  So, what are cleansing oils?

Cleaning oils are a moisturizing cleansing method that usually contains antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients that are gentle and work to improve the health of your skin.

But what if I have oily skin?

No worries, these oils don’t sink into your skin, they bind to dirt and the ‘bad oil’ produced by your skin and are rinsed away once you wash your face.  A bonus is that cleansing oils do not strip away your natural oils that can lead to more breakouts because your skin begins to work extra hard to replace the oil that some of your favorite oil-free cleansers remove.  This means that your pH balance remains in tact and your naturally occurring oils are there to stay.

Precaution: If you have oily skin, look for cleansing oils that are made for you, specifically, those that contain ingredients like glycerin.

I see.  That sounds cool. So, other than my pH balance, why should I use cleansing oils?

Cleansing oils contain antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients which means great looking skin for you.  Many oil cleansers contain amazing vitamins like vitamin E and botanical oils like olive or grape seed oil that helps to keep your skin hydrated.  Hydration and overall healthy skin from cleansing? That’s a win-win situation, my boo!

So, are you ready to add cleansing oils to your skin care routine? Try these!


purity cleansing oilPhilosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil, $25

bobbi brown cleansing oilBobbi Soothing Cleansing Oil, $44

burts bees cleansing oil

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil, $15.99

yes to coconut cleansing oilYes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser, $9.99

neutrogena ultra light cleansing oil

Neutrogena Ultra Light, $8.99

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