Why Every Woman Should Be Using A Facial Oil
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Face Off1 of 11
By Sally Wadyka
It may seem counterintuitive to clean your face with oil, but it can be an effective way to wash away dirt and makeup. "Oils provide a more natural alternative for taking care of skin," says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. "They're hydrating and rich in vitamins and antioxidants." To help you find the right product, we've rounded up ten oil cleansers for every type of skin.
Melt Away2 of 11
Good For: Dry skin
Even waterproof mascara and long-wearing foundation are no match for Philosophy's cleanser. But despite its ability to wash away even tough products, it's gentle enough for all skin types, and safe to use to remove eye makeup. The cleanser uses a natural seed oil that's meant to hydrate dry skin, without making it feel stripped or tight.
SHOP NOW: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Oil, $25, qvc.com
Clean Sweep3 of 11
Good For: Combination/sensitive skin
DHC's cleanser is made with olive oil, which is naturally rich in antioxidants. It's designed to take off makeup—even waterproof mascara—without clogging pores. As a bonus, its water-soluble formula means it'll lather up and rinse away without leaving behind oily residue.
SHOP NOW: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $25, amazon.com
Triple Threat4 of 11
Good For: Irritated skin
Julep's lightweight soothing cleanser includes some unique ingredients like green coffee bean oil, a natural anti-inflammatory, and rosehip seed oil, rich in natural fatty acids to help hydrate skin.
SHOP NOW: Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil, $28, qvc.com
Bright Idea5 of 11
Good For: Dull, uneven skin
The addition of shiso, a Japanese botanical, helps The Body Shop's cleanser to brighten skin tone as well as remove makeup and other impurities. Thanks to the blend of moisturizing oils, your skin should feel soft and refreshed—never tight—after washing.
SHOP NOW: The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Cleansing Oil, $9, thebodyshop-usa.com
Smooth Operator6 of 11
Good For: Normal skin with an oily T-zone
Elemental Herbology's gentle yet thorough cleanser is formulated with argan, jojoba and sweet almond oils, which are supposed to soften and protect skin, as well as botanical extracts (like raspberry seed and an avocado-derived ingredient) to help reduce inflammation and keep oil glands from overproducing. The result? Smooth, hydrated, but not greasy skin.
SHOP NOW: Elemental Herbology Harmonising Cleanse Facial Oil, $70, elementalherbologyus.com
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Fountain of Youth7 of 11
Good For: Oily/aging skin
Argan oil is naturally rich in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, and fatty acids that are supposed to help skin retain moisture and make it look plumper, fresher and younger. And because argan oil also helps control excess production of sebum (your skin's natural oil), Josie Maran's nourishing cleanser won't leave your face feeling greasy.
SHOP NOW: Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, $32, qvc.com
Power Couple8 of 11
Good For: Dry/aging skin
Tatcha's duo includes the brand's cleansing oil, which has camellia oil to help stimulate collagen production, and a gentle exfoliating powder. First, rinse away dirt and makeup with the cleanser, then massage the water-activated powder onto your skin for the rice and papaya enzymes to scrub off dead skin cells.
SHOP NOW: Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil and Polishing Enzyme Powder, $85, qvc.com
Lift Off9 of 11
Good For: Combination/aging skin
Oil can have the unique capacity to bind with water to remove whatever's clogging up your pores, such as makeup, dirt and more oil. SK-II's gentle cleanser does that, and also contains pitera—the brand's blend of vitamins, amino acids and minerals that encourages cell turnover and is designed to refresh the skin's outer layer.
SHOP NOW: SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, $60, nordstrom.com
The Fixer10 of 11
Good For: Oily, acne-prone skin
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you probably think applying more oil is the last thing your face needs. But if it's the right combination of oils (in this case, Suki Skincare's balancing and calming combination of jojoba, borage and hazelnut) it can actually help clarify your complexion, calm breakouts and reduce excess sebum.
SHOP NOW: Suki Balancing Facial Oil, $33, sukiskincare.com
Calm Down11 of 11
Good For: Sensitive skin
Apply Clinique's cleansing oil to dry skin and massage in, then rinse for a dirt and makeup-free complexion. There's no need to use a separate makeup remover followed by cleanser, which can over-dry sensitive skin and cause irritation.
SHOP NOW: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, $27, sephora.com
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