People often ask me how to best remove their makeup, particularly waterproof mascara. Having sensitive eyes myself, I found the constant rubbing with eye makeup remover to irritate my eyes even more, and still found myself waking up with the dreaded racoon eyes, mascara smudged under them.

About a year ago I started hearing more about cleansing oils and decided to investigate. Supposedly suitable for all skin types, cleansing oil is a highly effective way of removing even the most stubborn makeup quickly and painlessly. To use, take one pump of oil and massage it into your face, around your eyes, even at your lash line and on your eyelashes, moving in circular motions to work the product in. Wash off with a wash cloth saturated with warm water. Voila!

Cleansing oil works to break down the makeup, making it easier to remove. It will not leave your skin feeling greasy, nor will it make your skin more oily.

I highly recommend the cleansing oil method given how well it works and how gentle it is. It’s arguably more eco-friendly than makeup remover wipes, travels well, and it excellent value given how little product is required each time. My go-to oil is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (pictured below) which retails for around $25-30 for a large, 200mL bottle which lasts several months. Other brands, particularly Asian skincare brands have their own versions (think Shu Uemura and Shiseido), but many of these are more expensive. I have yet to find a drugstore cleansing oil, so let me know if you’ve heard of any!

photo - Sat

Have you tried cleansing oil before? What is your go-to makeup remover?

6 Comments on Spotlight On: Cleansing Oil

  1. mayette
    July 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve been meaning to try to find one suitable for sensitive, clog-prone skin. I’m going to check DHC out!

    • Kate
      July 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Awesome! Let me know how it works for you 🙂

  2. jmary
    July 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Do you live in Canada? I’ve been trying to find DHC here and it’s impossible. Where did you get it?

  3. occasional reader
    July 18, 2013 at 3:53 am (3 years ago)

    coconut oil. or sunflower oil. the less ingredients, the better for my skin, my health, and the environment.

  4. Lori
    March 15, 2014 at 12:14 am (2 years ago)

    Garnier is now making a cleansing oil for skin that is excellent!! Sells for $5-$6 at Walmart and Target and comes in a 4.2 oz pump bottle. Love it!!


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