- Best Facial Cleansing Oils
15 Best Facial Cleansing Oils of 2021
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.