In the past 10 years, cleansing oils and balms have become a staple on every skincare lover’s stash. It’s not only because they are the perfect products for double cleansing, but it’s also their ability to gently and effectively cleanse the skin. These cleansing oils and balms have specific use instructions. Firstly, they should be applied to your face when it’s dry, even if it has makeup. Yes, the melting mascara will temporarily make you look like a panda, but that’s part of the fun. And you know what’s also fun? That you will look like a panda while cleansing and not in the morning after. In fact, you will actually be able to remove it all in the evening.
After you’ve properly massaged the product on the skin, it’s time to rinse it. You can do this one of two ways. The first one is to add a bit of water until the oil transforms into a milky lotion and then rinse it. The second one is to take a flannel/muslin cloth, damp it and use it to remove the oil or balm.
When it comes to choosing between a balm or oil, it really comes down to what you prefer. There is not one that is clearly better, as actually, the balms are just oils that solidify at a higher temperature. As soon as the balm touches your face, the higher temperature of the skin will turn it into an oil.
Uriage Hyséac Purifying Oil
Best for Acne-Prone Skin
Uriage has relaunched their range for acne-prone skin, and with the revamp came this cleansing oil. Not only does it help to gently cleanse the skin without disrupting skin suffering from inflammation. Additionally, it contains salicylic acid in order to help reduce blemishes.
Shiseido Essentials Perfect Cleansing Oil
Ideal for Oily Skin
This cleansing oil purifies and cleanses the skin with a unique lightweight texture, leaving a non-greasy finish. It is suitable for all skin types, yet should be the oily skin types that appreciate the weightless texture the most. Don’t be put off by the fact that this is an oil, as it will entirely wash away, leaving no residue whatsoever. At the end of the process, your skin is free from makeup residue and oils as well!
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Caring For Sensitive Skin
Clinique Take the Day Off was about to be discontinued a few years ago, but then came the wave of people searching for cleansing oils and balms. It became a hit product overnight and anyone who has tried it will hardly ever go back. It’s perfect for sensitive skin as it’s super gentle and fragrance-free. Additionally, it destroys any trace of make-up.
Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt
Perfect for Dry Skin
This rich and nourishing formula is the perfect answer for dry skin. As people who suffer with dryness rarely like to cleanse with water, this formula bets on highly nourishing ingredients. Moreover, it’s 100% natural so it’s perfect if you’re into fully natural formulas.
La Prairie Supreme Balm Cleanser
A Wonder for Mature Skin
This luxurious balm removes all the makeup and impurities for perfectly cleansed skin. Featuring a rich balm-to-oil-to-milk texture, it works to cleanse while respecting the natural skin barrier. All in all, this is the perfect solution if you’re looking for a non-drying make-up remover that feels lush. Use it not only to remove impurities but also to massage your skin and undo the stress of the day!
Clarins Total Cleansing Oil
The Best for Normal Skin
The new launch from the cleanser-king brand Clarins. It’s clearly undeniable that Clarins has made some of the most famous and luxurious cleansers on the market, but this new range comes with a new flare. This cleansing oil, suitable for all skin types, ensures that all impurities melt away and the skin is left refreshed. Additionally, it’s perfect for removing a full face of intense make-up.
Mádara Melting Cleansing Oil
The Natural Option
Is an easy-to-apply and remove oil, that gently wipes away any impurities. This oil leaves the skin fresh and with a feather-like finish, ensuring it’s soft and clean.
Pestle & Mortar Erase Balm Cleanser
The Best Vegan Option
This natural and vegan formula destroys any residue of make-up or SPF. This melting consistency quickly turns into a nurturing oil that deeply cleanses the skin. This is the perfect solution if you’re looking for both a guilt-free alternative to high-end cleansers and a powerful cleanser. Lastly, it ensures that the skin stays hydrated despite the cleansing process.
JOWAÉ Oil-in-Gel Cleanser
This inexpensive alternative has been delighting people since it launched. It cleanses the skin and leaves a protective hydrating layer after, making it ideal for those searching for nourishing cleansers.
If you’re interested in checking out more cleansing oils and balms, take a look at our list of make-up removers on the website.
Head of Content at Care to Beauty