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What is a cleansing oil? Should I use one and why? Are they suitable for oily skin?...

Many of us may have these questions in mind when we first hear about cleansing oils. You may be skeptical to try it especially when you have combination, oily or acne-prone skin. But we can tell you that a facial cleansing oil is not as scary as we think! Here, we answer all your questions about this cult skin care trend.

cleansing oil in bathroom

In general, there are two types of cleansers on the market: water-based and oil-based cleansers.

Water-based cleansers, such as foaming gels, foaming lotions and micellar water, cleanse our faces based on the concept of rinsing away the particles from the outermost layer of skin. Think of a foam cleanser as your regular old soap but specifically formulated for your face. It is ideal to remove oils and makeup for all skin types, but if you’re using a foam cleanser and finding it a little bit too harsh on your skin, you should consider switching to cleansing oils.

On the other hand, micellar water is a gentler type of water-based cleanser. Non-soap and water soluble, it can collect the dirt and makeup on the skin without making your skin feel dry. This is an easy and convenient face cleansing option as you don’t need to rinse with water afterwards, however it is recommended to cleanse your face with another type of cleanser after micellar water in order to keep all the clogged dirt at bay.

Cleansing oil is an oil-based cleanser that works on an ‘oil attracts oil’ basis - think ‘good’ oils dissolving the ‘bad’ oils that have accumulated on the skin’s surface which are makeup, excess oil and debris. However, unlike the traditional foam cleansers which could dry your face, cleansing oils can balance your skin’s natural oils and keep your skin nourished and moisturised. It is gentle on your face and suitable for all skin types (even people with oily or acne-prone skin!)

Try our Nourishing Cleansing Oil – this lightweight and silky oil is enriched with smoothing Black Elderflower extract, and transforms into a milk when emulsified with water. It removes makeup including waterproof mascara, heavy or mineral based makeup, sunscreen and primers effectively and nourishes the complexion to improve suppleness that makes your skin feels smoother, softer and looks more radiant. Once you try it, you will fall in love with the scent like we have!

Optional: If you would like to try adopting the double cleanse method in your skin care ritual, a cleansing oil will be your best product to use in the first step of the double cleanse, followed by a water-based cleanser.

cleansing oil on golden silk

The main benefits of using a cleansing oil are:

• Gently removes makeup

• Lifts dirt, impurities and excess oil from the skin for a deep cleanse

• Clears pores

• Balances the skin’s oil production

• Delivers antioxidants and vitamins to the skin (our Nourishing Cleansing Oil contains natural seed oils and botanicals that helps nourish and smooth to reveal softer, brighter and younger-looking skin)

• Leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated

• Boosts circulation and gives skin a healthy glow by massaging the oil into skin

Massage 2-3 pumps of cleansing oil onto dry skin including eye area. Add warm water to emulsify and then rinse thoroughly. Use morning and night as first step of your skin care ritual. If irritation occurs, rinse thoroughly.

Bonus tip: To exfoliate dead skin cells, remove the oil with a warm washcloth 2-3 times a week.

cleansing oil with petals

We would say: choose your cleanser based on your personal preference to textures and makeup habits. For instance, if you wear heavy or waterproof makeup daily, it is recommended to use a cleansing oil. If you have dry skin, it may be better to skip foam cleanser and use micellar water or gentle cleansing oil instead. For oily, combination and acne-prone skin, don’t be afraid to use cleansing oil as giving your skin the ‘good’ oil will help balance your skin’s natural oil level.