3 best oil cleansers – How to remove physical sunscreen & makeup

best oil cleansers to take off physical sunscreen and makeup



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.

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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.

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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!


*Patyka Melting Cleansing Oil (19,90€ House of Organic)

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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.

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*Laboratoires de Biarritz Cleansing Oil (23,90€ House of Organic)

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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.

*Luonkos Radiant Oil Cleansing Cake (23,90€ House of Organic)


best oil cleansers for face

Now as I said, I always pair my oil cleanser with another cleanser. Ones I’ve been liking lately are:

*Bybi Beauty Milk Melt
*Laboratoirres De Biarritz Cleansing Milk
*Murumuru Berry Soft Cleansing Milk

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:

How to determine your skintype – a beauty therapist’s guide
How to build a skincare routine for all skin types
10+ products for sensitive combination skin

Dermapen Results Skin

Now answer me honestly: do you double cleanse?

The best teeth whitening in Helsinki – my experience & results

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Collaboration: Ebeling hammaslääkärit

Professional teeth whitening is the best and safest way to whiten your teeth. I can highly recommend Ebeling dentists in Helsinki. You get an even finish and you’re taken care of if you experience any aching. (Bonus points for getting to lay in a chair for an hour, listening to nice music, but that might be a mom thing.) Personally, I don’t want to worry about ruining my enamel with wrong products or technique, so I’m trusting my dentist to also take care of the aesthetic side of things when it comes to my teeth.

Whitening your teeth is a luxury that is not as expensive or difficult of a process than one would think. It’s also not just for celebrities. It’s something that makes a big impact to your looks, smile and confidence. And I think you deserve it.

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The best teeth whitening at Ebeling dentists, Helsinki

I have gotten my teeth whitened at Ebeling dentists once before, so I knew to trust them. However, this time the process was a bit different.

Teeth whitening is done on clean teeth and any tartar needs to be removed first, if there’s any on your teeth. Healthy base is important – even when it comes to aesthetic procedures.

So my first appointment was tartar removal and soda cleansing. Soda cleansing is a personal favorite, because it’s really effective in removing stains. I always feel like I’ve come from a mini teeth whitening operation after doing it. Some even feel like they don’t need the whitening appointment after it.

before and after soda cleaning
Tartar removal and soda cleansing done at Ebeling hammaslääkärit.


Effective teeth whitening – how is it done?

After tartar removal, you start home whitening. Read my previous blog post about them here. I used the home whitening spoons for about a week to maximize the results. They’re super easy to use, since they’re made to fit just your mouth.

The home whitening already brightens teeth (here you can see my teeth after four days of use), but it also opens the microscopically small pores in the tooth, which makes the whitening done at reception have an even better effect. This gives you the best result.

After the whitening done at reception, you can continue home whitening for a week, if you want to enhance the result even further.

The home whitening spoons are a great investment, because a new tube costs you only about 2o euros! So those are an affordable way to maintain the results, for example every few months for a few days.

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On to to the teeth whitening appointment:

First my teeth were cleaned and my gums protected.

Then the whitening paste was applied on my teeth for 15 minutes at a time and it was mixed, while on my teeth, to boost the process. This was done three times. It’s good to do it this way so that the dentist can monitor the process. Also sometimes you need less and sometimes more time – it’s very personal.

I only experienced aching at the very end – literally right as she was taking off the third round of whitening paste. The aching immediately stopped when a gel that relieves aching was applied on my teeth. The gel I got to take home with me and I used it on my teeth in the evening and the next day. The aching really wasn’t bad – it was worst in the evening, but went away with the gel.

The results

before after teeth whitening ebelingMy teeth before any whitening – and my teeth right after whitening.

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I got great results! My teeth are naturally quite light, but now they are a lot brighter and whiter. The dental hygienist told me the results were pretty much as good as you can get, since the absolute whitest examples on the map are only achieved with dental laminates.

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The two colors on the right are what my teeth were before whitening (keep in mind I had used the home whitening spoons for a week!) – the left one is the result.

I got the home care instructions on paper and they’re pretty straightforward. No eating for two hours after the whitening and for 48 hours you should avoid things that could stain your teeth like coffee, beetroot or chocolate.

I’ll be honest though – I could not for the love of me avoid coffee for that long. So I drank coffee (with a lot of oat milk), but I used a straw.

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If you have ever dreamed of a whiter set of teeth, I’m gently encouraging you to do it! I feel like any investment to your looks is money well spent, because you get to enjoy the results for a long time.

Besides, when you go to tartar removal before whitening, you’re also taking care of your health. You see, tartar can predispose to infections and periodontitis. It’s a win-win!

I have used Ebeling dentists’ services happily (also outside of collaborations) for years now and have trusted them for example in wisdom tooth removal and botox.


With code “Charlotta”  you get -30€ discount on your first appointment at Ebeling dentists from all treatment. Book an appointment here!

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