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15 Best Cleansing Oils of 2020

By Carly Cochrane - 2 months ago | Updated
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Makeup remover wipes are sooooo last year. Get yourself a cleansing oil and watch how it transforms your skin care routine for good.

We’ll be honest, it took us a while to warm up to the idea of slathering oil over our face, too. We were always under the impression that you need to remove oil from your skin, not add more. But, if GCSE science taught us anything it’s that ‘oil attracts oil’.

Integrating an oil-based cleanser into your everyday skin care regime, therefore, makes perfect sense. Hear us out.

Unlike face wipes, which rub all kinds of bacteria, dirt and residue over your face, cleansing oils help to break down the oils in your makeup and sunscreen, as well as those already on your skin, making it easier to wash away impurities and reveal a squeaky-clean complexion. Not to mention, they’re gentle, non-stripping and work well on all skin types, even acne-prone.

In hopes that you’ll ditch your makeup removers and trust us, we present the best cleansing oils for your face.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

The Ordinary is a great starting point, especially if you’re trying oil cleansers for the first time. This gentle, straight-talking formula is powered by squalane, an ingredient known for its ability to hydrate skin. The balm-to-oil texture ensures that all makeup dirt and grime is efficiently washed away for a clean, clog-free complexion.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

Doing exactly what it says on the bottle, this cleansing oil takes off your makeup at the end of a long, hard day. Specially formulated to remove excess oil, impurities and stubborn makeup from deep within your pores, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser

If your skin is a little on the dry side, then this one is for you. Highly recommended by experts for its nourishing benefits, the Tata Harper Oil Cleanser is all you need to feel fresh-faced. The formula is 100% organic and made with only the best ingredients in order to cleanse, purify and hydrate skin.

Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm

Melting away layers of makeup, dirt and excess oil has never been easier. Working as the first step in your skin care routine, this balm-to-oil formula preps your skin for further cleansing by abolishing surface impurities.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Kiehl’s serve up a lightweight oil cleanser that dissolves even the most stubborn patches of makeup. Turning into a milky emulsion once applied, this formula does the job all while leaving skin full of moisture. It’s the perfect night-time treat that your skin will thank you for.

Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil

Sick of waterproof makeup not budging? Say no more. Fresh blend nourishing oils with rich omegas to create a cleanser that removes impurities, excess sebum and tough makeup. The result? Soft, smooth and supple skin.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Allow DHC to give your complexion a deep cleanse. Their oil formula dives down into pores and pushes out all of the gunk that’s dulling your complexion. Skin is left looking and feeling hydrated, fresh and radiant. No wonder it’s a cult-favourite!

Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules

Not sure how much oil is too much oil? Eve Lom make using oil cleansers super easy with their nifty capsules. Simply pop one open to achieve the perfect cleanse. They’re the perfect travel-size too, meaning you can flaunt flawless skin wherever you go.

Pixi Pink Salt Cleansing Oil

Now this is an oil cleanser that will sit pretty on your bathroom counter. Himalayan pink salt granules are utilised as they diffuse minerals into the formula that help to detoxify and purify skin, whilst an added combo of olive oil and coconut oil remove dirt from pores.

ELEMIS Nourishing Omega Rich Cleansing Oil

Adding oil to already-oily skin can be a little overwhelming, but ELEMIS has a cleanser that works for all skin types, even acne-prone. Bursting with 90% natural oils, this formula soothes, nourishes and lifts away impurities without affecting the skin’s natural barrier.

Super Facialist Vitamin C + Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

The road to revived skin starts with this oil cleanser from Super Facialist. As well as doing the usual (removing dirt, makeup and impurities), this formula brightens and protects skin, thanks to an infusion of vitamin C. The best part? It’s budget-friendly.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil

If anyone knows a thing or two about makeup (including how to remove it), it’s Bobbi Brown. Packed with botanical oils, this cleanser can be used to melt away surface impurities and remove heavy, long-wearing makeup.

Votary Cleansing Oil

Allow us to introduce you to the Votary Cleansing Oil – a lightweight, non-greasy and delicately fragranced facial oil that leaves skin clean and conditioned. Grapeseed oil, apricot oil and rose oil are just a few ingredients utilised within the formula to help to soothe, nourish and purify.

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil

The days of pulling and tugging at your skin are over as Aesop introduce this luxurious cleansing oil. The milky-oily texture effortlessly melts away dirt, bacteria and excess oils without causing dryness or irritation. One swipe with a cloth and you can reveal your freshest face yet.

The INKEY List Oil & Water Double Cleanser

Boasting a bi-phase formula, this cleanser from The INKEY List harnesses the power of both oil and water in order to dislodge and rinse away day-old dirt, makeup and bacteria. It’s simple, efficient and a staple for any skin care routine.

There's bound to be an oil cleanser that works for you and your skin. And once you find it, there's no going back - take our word for it. Rather shop for a cleanser based on specific skin concerns? We have just the guide: The Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.