Cleansing oils for combination skin

2 Aug 2017

*Features press samples.

I’m always surprised when people tell me they find cleansing a chore because, for me, it’s my favourite part of my skincare routine. Morning or night, I relish those few minutes locked away in the bathroom cleansing my skin, taking the time to check over my skin, identifying any problem areas so I know which products to follow up with and making sure I really take care to massage my skin well as I cleanse, to ensure my skin is left clean, clear and happy.

A review of cleansing oils for combination skin

Cleansing oils are a favourite of mine, in fact, I’d go so far as to say they’ve topped cleansing balms as my favourite for a really good makeup removal over the past year. I find them very easy to work into my skin with minimal effort, all whilst really lifting any makeup, dirt and grime from my skin. Of course, it’s important to note that I do not use just one cleanser during my cleansing routine, whether wearing makeup or not, I double-cleanse and if wearing makeup, I also start with an eye makeup remover and a micellar water, which just removes the surface makeup. For me, cleansing oils are quick and easy to use, effective and for my personal skin type, which flips between dehydrated and combination over the past two years, I find cleansing oils work really well with my skin.

A review of the Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil
One of the very first cleansing oils I tried, was the Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil. It actually seems quite difficult to find now in the UK, which is a shame as I love mine, but thankfully had a back up that I’ve been working through over recent months. An anti-pollution cleansing oil, it works to remove pollutants from the skin with a skin-refining oil cleanser, boosting skin radiance with Moringa Extract which purifies skin and Green Tea, which is an antioxidant and helps to revitalise skin.
It’s a very light-weight oil, so my skin is always left clean and clear after use compared to some oils which can be quite hard to rinse away. I massage into my skin for a couple of minutes, before massaging again with water, which turns the oil into a milky cleanser; just wipe away with a warm muslin cloth and you’re sorted!

A review of the Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

If you’re on a budget and want to give cleansing oils a try, a great one to try is the Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil (£14), which I have used around two years now. I always make sure I have a backup of this in my skincare stash, as a budget-friendly option it’s a good one to go back to. I adore Vichy skincare in general, a really lovely brand with some incredible hero products in their ranges, with the Purete Thermale ranges being one of my favourites.

The Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil gently removes makeup, excess sebum, dirt and grime. The formula is non-greasy and lightweight (although not as lightweight as the Shu Uemura one) and like a lot of oil cleansers, will transform into a milky cleanser when massaged in with water. It uses Camellia Oil, which helps to improve skin radiance, smoothness and softness, whilst being suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types; it’s also paraben-free, hypoallergenic and uses Vichy Thermal Spa Water, a key ingredient in Vichy products.

A review of the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil* (£32) is the most recent oil cleanser to join my routine and as a big fan of the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery range (I've reviewed the Midnight Recovery Eye in my feature The Skincare Series - Eye Creams and the Midnight Recovery Concentrate in my feature Kiehl's Morning and Night, which also covers the glorious Daily Reviving Concentrate), I was so excited for the release of the Botanical Cleansing Oil. It is more of a splurge purchase, but if you want to treat your skin to truly effective and beautifully created products, I cannot recommend Kiehl's enough.

A super lightweight essential oil facial cleansing oil, it has a non-comedogenic formula which works to gently and effectively dissolve makeup and remove dirt and grime from the skin, without drying skin out. Rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids, this cleansing oil utilises a blend of pure botanical oils including Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil and Lavender Essential Oil. Like the Midnight Recovery range, it does have a slight botanical scent, which I personally find extremely soothing, but it's nothing too overpowering so still one to try even if you're not keen on strong scents. It's soap-free, sulphate-free and mineral oil-free, so no unnecessary ingredients which is great. Once massaged into my skin for a couple of minutes, I then massage in again with water, which emulsifies the oil into a lightweight cleansing milk. Effects wise, this is probably the oil cleanser I see the most immediate effects with, as my skin looks extremely clear and clean, soft to the touch and also soothed, with any irritated areas of redness looking visibly reduced after use.

If you have a favourite oil cleanser you think I should check out, let me know - and if you've tried any of these oil cleansers before, I'd love to know what you think of them.

*Feature includes complimentary press samples sent for review; I have not been financially compensated for this feature. Please see my disclaimer for more information.