Oil cleansers are my skin’s best friend. They’re the most effective – yet gentle – in removing makeup, physical sunscreen and dirt.
This post is dedicated to the best oil cleansers I love, but I have to note that the key to success is double cleansing. You see, I always follow my oil cleanser with another face cleanser, preferably an emulsion. This gets rid of anything you put on top of your skin, while maintaining a healthy balance. (A healthy balance meaning keeping your pores clean and acid mantle intact.)
Double cleansing I recommend to everyone. If you just rolled your eyes just now or felt a sting in your heart thinking, “oh no, I don’t do that” – don’t worry. It’s not too late. I promise you, your skin is gonna thank you later. It might sound like another step to your skincare routine, but actually it just makes it easier, because the oil removes whatever needs to be removed, for you.
The best oil cleansers to remove physical sunscreen and makeup
If you’ve ever worn makeup that actually lasts all day, you know it won’t get removed in one swipe. Or if you like to use physical sunscreens, you know they last really well on the skin, since they really don’t move.
To both, the solution is an oil cleanser.
The top three oil cleansers I like to use are Patyka Melting Cleansing Oil, Laboratoires de Biarritz Cleansing Oil and Luonkos Radiant Facial Oil Cleansing Cake. These are the ones I repurchase time and time again. The first two mentioned mix with water and are easier to wash off – the cleansing cake needs to be removed with a warm cloth.
Patyka Melting Cleansing Oil
Patyka is a Parisian brand, which delivers luxurious nourishing products. I love the brand and have several favorites from them. Melting Cleansing Oil being one of them. It’s a wonderful product with sweet vanilla scent and silky oily texture. Contains jojoba oil and apricot seed oil that have anti-inflammatory properties, while nourishing your skin. Works for all skin types!
Laboratoires de Biarritz Cleansing Oil
Laboratoires de Biarritz is also a French brand that creates natural dermo-cosmetic skincare products. Dermo-cosmetics basically means the products are hypoallergenic, suitable for anyone and often sold at pharmacies. I love and use the brand’s sunscreens, but the cleansing products have found their way to my heart as well. This product contains trusted sunflower seed oil and an extract from sugar kelp that soothes the skin.
Luonkos Radiant Facial Oil Cleansing Cake (a zero waste product!)
Luonkos makes natural “cakes” that are not only very instagrammable and fun, but also very good for your skin and the environment. It’s zero waste, as the only packaging you have left after using the product is the box it comes in. The oil cleansing cake melts in your hands and feels super nourishing on the skin. It’s definitely “heavier” (in a good, oily, nourishing way!) than the two other products, containing coconut oil and shea butter oil. This I would choose for dry skin.
Now as I said, I always pair my oil cleanser with another cleanser. Ones I’ve been liking lately are:
These are all gentle milky cleansers that finish off the job, without drying out my skin.
Now when it comes to body, a good old soap seems to get rid of sunscreen just fine on me. But there are also shower oils, which I like to use.
If you want to learn more about skincare and the products I swear by, check out these posts:
Now answer me honestly: do you double cleanse?