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The Top 5 Oil Based Cleansers For Flawless Skin

The Top 5 Oil Based Cleansers For Flawless Skin
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Whether you’ve got dry, oily or combination skin – using an oil based cleanser could transform your complexion. You could be forgiven for thinking that slathering oil on your face will clog your pores and exacerbate oily skin, but cleansing oils actually do the opposite – they’re excellent at dissolving make up, dirt and excess sebum to leave you with gorgeously clear skin. Our top five oil based cleansers will be sure to leave you with a clearer, radiant complexion.

What Is An Oil Based Cleanser?

An oil based cleanser is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a cleanser made up of an expert blend of skin-nourishing oils. Oil based cleansers gently dissolve make up, excess sebum and sunscreen from the skin as well as deeply penetrating the pores to dissolve the ‘bad’ oils and bacteria, as well as infusing the skin with essential vitamins. Oil based cleansers are the perfect starting point for a deep, double cleanse.

Many oil-free cleansers upset the skin’s natural balance of oil, so they can aggravate skin conditions as the skin works to balance out the levels of oils. Cleansing oils maintain the skins natural oil levels to keep the complexion balanced and flawless.

Can I Use An Oil Based Cleanser On Oily Skin?

Oil based cleansers are perfect for all skin types, including oily skin – which does seem a little paradoxical. Many people opt for an oil-free cleanser in order to combat oily skin, however, Oil-free cleansers strip the skin and upset the natural balance of oils, resulting in the overproduction of oil. Cleansing oils maintain the skins natural oil levels to keep the complexion balanced and flawless and can actually help to remove dirt and debris from the pores, resulting in a clearer brighter complexion.

How To Use An Oil Based Cleanser

Oil based cleansers couldn’t be more easy to use, simply apply a few drops of oil into dry hands and massage onto the face, eyes and neck to remove dirt and make up. Wet the hands and continue to massage the oil into the face and the hydrophilic formula will transform into a creamy emulsion, gently rinsing away the dirt. Follow up with your favorite cleanser for the ultimate double cleanse.

SkinStore’s Top 5 Oil Based Cleansers

1. Dermalogica PreCleanse

Dermalogica’s PreCleanse is the weapon of choice for skincare professionals. The PreCleanse oil boasts a blend of Kukui Nut, Rice Bran, Olive, Apricot oils and the oil’s delightfully sweet, orange scent is truly luxurious, allowing you a professional spa experience in the comfort of your own home.

2. L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil


L’Occitane’s Shea Cleansing Oil is a truly luxurious oil based cleanser and a little goes a long way. The expert blend of 5% Shea Oil will leave your skin feeling truly nourished, hydrated and looking gorgeously radiant.

3. Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil

Caudalie’s Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil boasts a gorgeous, botanical blend of Sunflower and Castoroil which blend into a luxuriously silky texture and expertly dissolve make up and impurities from the skin.

4. Erno Laszlo Firmarine Cleansing Oil

Erno Laszlo’s legendary double cleansing systems have a glowing reputation. The Erno Laszlo Firmarine Cleansing Oil uses an advanced dual-performance technology and an expert blend of botanical oils, including Jojoba and Olive, as well boasting a powerful blend of Sprulina and mineral-rich sea water to enhance and refine the complexion.

5. First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser

First Aid Beauty’s Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser nourishes the skin, eyelashes and brows. The silky formula glides over the skin to remove all traces of make up and debris on the skin to nourish and expertly cleanse the skin. The blend of Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Coconut Seed Oil and Avocado Oil nourish and hydrate the skin for a truly flawless complexion.

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