Cleansing oils

Cleansing oil is the ideal way to wash off makeup and refresh skin this summer. Find out why I love it.

When cleansing oils burst onto the beauty scene, I was sceptical. But now I am slathering my face with one of these every morning. I am obsessed with how swiftly they clean a complexion and how hydrated skin feels in their wake. Here's my picks of top preformers. 

BAREMINERALS Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, $47. Coconut is the hero in this bottle, with a generous helping of cucumber and sunflower seed oils.

Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $60. Crammed with age-fighting botanicals including birch, black elder, and licorice, with absolutely no nasties.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil $81. This is my daily dose of omegas 3 and 6, along with apricot, safflower and olive oils. 

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil, $75. Avocado, sweet almond and rice bran oils with the very popular parsley seed, gives this oil the most divine texture.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, $82. The heady jasmine flower extract leaves a gorgeous scent, while the blend of Kukui nut, sunflower, olive and jojoba oils do the hard work of cleansing.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil, $45. Free from parabens (preservative) and phthalates (that create froth) this oil transforms into a liquid lotion once massaged into skin with warm water.

Clarins Total Cleansing Oil, $55. Ultra fine organic perilla (from the mint family) and olive oils help erase all traces of make-up, even longest lasting formulas.

How to use a cleansing oil.
The reason oil works so well as a cleanser, is that oil attracts oil. So makeup (which is generally oil-based) the natural oils from skin and daily grease and grime stick to it, which lifts these pollutants from the skin in seconds.

Always start with dry hands and apply oil to a dry face. This helps spread the oil and loosen the makeup from the skin. Make sure you avoid the eye area when cleansing with oils, and especially for those wearing lash extensions.
Use two pumps of oil and warm it in the palms of your hands before massaging it into the skin, this helps the oil spread evenly and absorb.

After a few seconds dampen hands with warm water and continue to massage to emulsify the oils. By now the oil will be dissolving under your fingers and turning milky white in colour. 

Oils add a barrier of protection to the skin as well as superficial hydration. Your skin soaks up water, but this evaporates quickly. Oils cleanse brilliantly and leave a fine layer on moisture on the skin that continues to nourish for hours, which is brilliant in the heat.