Oil cleansing isn’t a new phenomenon but it’s by far one of the biggest skincare trends in the United States. Commonplace in other countries, many estheticians have embraced oil cleansers in their professional treatments for years. With the rise of natural beauty oil cleansers have become plentiful Stateside, and a trend I’ve embraced wholeheartedly. When shopping around for a new addition I’m particular. I prefer my selection to be loaded with yummy ingredients and vary in viscosity. I’ve always kept several cleansers in rotation and each has their own purpose in my routine. I currently have 10 in my shower. Some girls have shoes, I choose skincare!
Last year I began introducing oil cleansers into my regimen. My skin changed, it became more balanced. I went from being combo-oily with my makeup sliding off my nose midday to normal. I found that even though it was minimal, my gel cleansers were stripping too much oil from my skin. Clients who add oil cleansing into their routine have similar experiences of their skin becoming more balanced too!
While it might seem counterintuitive oil based cleansers actually remove dirt and oil while nourishing and softening skin. And they’re great for all skin types, even oily and acne prone! It’s all about using the proper formula for your skin type. What I love about oil cleansers is many provide good slip, allowing you to give your face a little self-loving facial massage while cleansing. Many brands use high-quality oils and shocker… I’ve had a difficult time finding affordable oil cleansers I adore. Because of this I typically remove my makeup with a non-oil based cleanser and follow up with a secondary oil cleanse to remove any bits of makeup left behind, allowing my skin to get the most out of the yummy ingredients. My favorite way to oil cleanse is in the morning for dewy, fresh plump skin.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
When I think of an oil cleanser Tata is the exact formulation I think of: nearly aroma-free, nourishing, superb for makeup removal, and good slip allowing for a bit of self-facial massage. Quite versatile, I reach for Tata most often and break my rule as I almost always remove my makeup at the end of the day with it. Just as often it’s my morning cleanse. It’s an all-around classic oil cleanser. The downside? The pump is awful. The brand is working on upgrading packaging, but if you contact customer service they’ll send out a replacement quickly.
Snag: Tata Harper, $72, Sephora, $68, Nordstrom, $72, Neiman Marcus, $68
Jordan Samuel Plié Treatment Cleanser
Jordan Samuel’s oil cleanser applies as a gel until emulsified with water, transitioning to an oil. The consistency is similar to a cleansing balm, making it ideal for days when I’m feeling more dry than usual or wearing heavy makeup. Prior to esthetics Jordan was in the Pacific Northwest Ballet and created Plié with performers in mind. Need a cleanser to perform heavy duty work? This guy thoroughly removes tough stage makeup without hassle. Slightly exfoliating, brightens, hydrates and nourishes. At the more affordable end of the spectrum, Jordan’s cleanser is a keeper.
Snag: Jordan Samuel Skin, $20
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Cleanser
Last year I fell in love with this one while visiting Holly Cline. The scent alone is just delicious and creates such a wonderful experience! The aroma is sweet, slightly fruity but warm. It makes my soul happy. Dr. Akaitis’ motto is “don’t put anything on your face you can’t eat” so naturally this cleanser is loaded with the good stuff. I refuse to use as my first cleanse, reserved for secondary cleansing after a traditional gel cleanser. Unlike Tata, Dr. Alkaitis doesn’t provide a lot of slip and isn’t ideal for giving yourself a facial massage with.
Snag: Dr. Alkaitis, $65, The Detox Market, $65, Levert Beauty, $65
Votary London Super Seed Cleansing Oil
Ugh, so luxe it hurts. I struggle with even using this one, it’s lovely and I want to hoard it away forever! The aroma is earthy and natural, just like seeds and while that might seem weird I enjoy it. The blend feels a bit heavier than Tata but still lighter than Jordan Samuel, with a beautiful consistency perfect for cleansing and massaging a makeup-free face. Don’t waste this one on makeup removal… unless you’re feeling bougie. Then by all means, be lush girl!
Snag: Anthropologie, $78
What should I try next?! I’ll be at Indie Beauty Expo in May and need to start a shopping list, obv.