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It seems like I always end up trying trends backwards. I was addicted to sheet masks before I even tried my first Korean BB cream, I didn’t like matte lipsticks until after their peak, and I tried a “solid” version of an oil cleanser before an actual oil. Oy vey!
If you hadn’t heard, oil cleansers are great for those with oily skin because oil breaks down oil. It may sound counter intuitive, but cleansing with an oil at the end of the day can help to sweep away all that excess sebum that has built up. Oil cleansers also break down your stubborn, oil based makeup with ease, thus preparing your skin for the second cleanse step: the foaming cleanser. But we’ll leave the foam for another day. 😉
actual oil cleanser experience was with The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil. Phew! That’s a mouthful.
I chose this one as my first oil cleanser to try because it seems to have a pretty large following of users out there. It’s highly recommended by many people online. Another plus is the cost. I don’t like to pay big bucks for something that I may loathe or worse, have a reaction to. This nifty little cleanser can be found for anywhere from $8 to $15 online, usually with free shipping.
The ingredients list doesn’t seem to be anything spectacular. A few ingredients are showing (on cosdna) as possible mild irritants or acne triggers. It also contains jojoba oil and rice bran oil which is nice.
The scent is really light and almost floral. That’s probably because there’s a few added fragrances. This isn’t a complete deal breaker for me, but if you’re sensitive to fragrances, this may not be a great product for you. On the other hand, if you like skincare products with pleasant scents that aren’t overpowering, then this is a great buy.
As far as performance, I’ve really loved this cleanser. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in oil production, so I wouldn’t say this would help keep you less oily, but it does clean my face off nicely without leaving it dry and uncomfortable. It gets off all my stubborn makeup with the exception of eye makeup. In my experience, it removes most eye makeup, but I’m still left with a little raccoon-ish residue around my eyes. I just use my eye makeup remover pads, like I always have, and have no issues. I also feel like, since starting the double cleanse, that my face is much cleaner and I have a lot less break outs (that were probably due to still having clogged pores). I can’t recommend double cleansing enough! Yes, it adds a few extra steps and minutes to your routine, but it’s so worth it to make sure you get all of the day’s gunk off your skin! I will say that if you use an oil as your cleanser, you really need to double cleanse and use a foam afterwards. If not, this can have the opposite effect and keep too much oil on your face, causing breakouts.
For this oil, I typically use about two pumps, rub it between my fingers, massage over my slightly damp face, add a little water to emulsify, massage some more, rinse well, then use my foam cleanser.
I rate The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil four pomegranates. I feel like it’s a great “beginner” oil cleanser, but would maybe try a different one in the future to see what I like and don’t like. I also want to look for an oil cleanser with less added fragrances. I’ll keep you updated. 😉
What’s your experience with cleansing oil?
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