If you’d asked me about oil cleansers a year ago, I would’ve been like ew, no. Before I tried them, I assumed they were a bit of a faff, not very practical and probably not suited to my skin type.
But, I’ll hold my hands up. I was totally wrong. Oil cleansers are now a staple part of my skincare routine, and here are three of my favourites that you need to try.
Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil
I first came across Aster & Bay around the beginning of this year when I was kindly sent a couple of their products to try. They’re an Edinburgh-based company, and all their products are completely natural, ethical and made in Scotland. As if that wasn’t enough to draw you in already, one look at their beautiful branding and minimal packaging will no doubt make you a convert.
As for the product itself, the Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil* is a dream to use. It feels luxurious and leaves skin feeling soft and pampered, yet it only takes a minute or two to use. It’s suitable for all skin types (even oily skin, as oil dissolves oil!) and gets rid of makeup, dirt and toxins in a flash.
I use it both morning and night, taking a minute or so to massage it into my face, before removing the cleansing oil with a hot flannel. It also smells amazing thanks to the blend of softening and toning oils, including hazelnut, macadamia, grapefruit, lemon and mandarin oil.
It’s on the slightly pricier side (£26 for 100ml) but it’s pretty affordable considering how long it lasts and how soft and amazing it makes your skin feel. I’ve recently stocked up on a new bottle because I couldn’t imagine being without the Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil in my skincare stash now!
Lucky Cloud Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Another fantastic Edinburgh-based brand you need to know about is Lucky Cloud Skincare. Again, their focus is on natural, handmade, small-batch skincare which is great for your skin. Lucky Cloud’s products are 100% vegan too.
On first glance, you might not think the Lucky Cloud Nourishing Cleansing Balm* is an oil cleanser, but it is. The oils are in solid balm form, but once you warm a little bit of the balm between your fingers it turns into a wonderfully nourishing oil. It also has a beautiful neroli, geranium and sandalwood scent, with macadamia and jojoba to help nourish the skin.
I use this in much the same way as the Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil. Suitable for use both morning and night, I’ll warm up a little balm between my fingers and massage it into my face to get rid of makeup and general grime. Removal is quick and easy with a hot flannel – I hold it over my face for a few seconds, then wipe a few times until all the oil is gone.
It’s a bit of a wonder product which is suitable for all skin types – especially dry, damaged, mature or problematic skin thanks to the combination of oils which helps to rebalance and repair. Even if you have a fairly normal skin type like me, it’s still fantastic for giving your skin a luxurious deep clean without stripping away your natural oils.
Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil
Even though the two oil cleansers mentioned above are reasonably fuss-free to use, they do require a couple of minutes of massaging and hot cloth cleansing. If I’m feeling super lazy or am in a rush, I’ll reach for the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil from Una Brennan at Boots.
This is my least favourite of the three oil cleansers, but it’s still worth picking up if you’re after something quick and easy to use that’s relatively cheap, easy to grab on the high street and still nourishes your skin.
The Superfacialist cleansing oil is slightly different as it turns from and oil to a milky lotion when you add water. I start off by massaging a little bit into my face, and then run my hands under the tap. I’ll massage again with a little bit of water to turn the oil into milk, and then do a final rinse to get rid of any last residue. No need to use a flannel with this one, which makes it perfect for using in a rush.
It’s made up of olive, rapeseed and rosehip oils, with a little boost of Vitamin E and Vitamin C. The Superfacialist cleansing oil is quite heavily fragranced, so might not be quite as good for sensitive skin. I’m not a huge fan of the scent – it’s very citrusy but in a “citrus toilet bleach” rather than “freshly squeezed orange juice” kind of way! But, overall it’s a useful product to have and only costs £10.99 for 200ml.
Are you a fan of oil cleansers? Which ones are your favourites?