REVIEW: Facial Cleansing Oils and The Oil Cleansing Method

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REVIEW: Facial Cleansing Oils and The Oil Cleansing Method

Phoebe Taylor London Makeup Artist

Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin, after working on a shoot with model Rina of London’s Anti Agency who’s skin is absolutely to die for (pictured below, no skin editing neccessary!!) I had to know her secret. Being a self proclaimed skin enthusiast I was so excited as to her answer “Cleansing oil” that I had to get my hands on this magic product.

Instantly inspired (by simply admiring Rina’s skin)  I later visited my local Boots (Pharmacy heaven!) and picked up upon her recommendation Una Brennan’s Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (Whoa that’s a mouthful). The result…I would never cleanse/remove my makeup any other way.

Rina , Cleansing Oil BlogPhotos by Thurstan Redding

Beauty by Phoebe

Cleanser vs Oil?

Unlike other cleansers that may contain natural oil stripping ingredients, Cleansing oil actually hydrates while removing dirt and impurities from the pores leaving skin soft and supple.

Good vs Evil

Regardless of skin type (yes I’m talking oily skin too) when massaged into the face the “good” oil removes the “evil” oil (dirt, impurities, makeup, naturally produced sebum) along with it. It does not sink into pores clogging them,  rather it removes and washes these impurities away.

All oils created equally?

Not all oils are created equally, eg. Baby oil is effective to remove makeup, however not a great cleanser due to it typically containing (mineral oil & lanolin) which can be comedogenic (pore clogging) . Most Cleansing oils in today’s market comprise of botanical oils such as Sunflower, Sesame, Almond , Jojoba , Grapeseed, and or Vitamins C & E to name a few. Depending on your skins’ concerns, each oil can target a different concern (dry skin, acne, dullness, anti- aging). These oils are generally more effective at keeping the natural PH balance of the skin.

It’s my first time..

It can be a strange feeling at first but to get the best results, I massage the oil all over my dry face (with makeup still on). If wearing a lot of eye makeup I will remove it first (Bioderma is my favorite). Continue to give the face a good massage (this feels great too!) once ready, remove with warm water (not hot!!!) feel the makeup literally melt away, your skin will be left feeling fresh and super soft.

Tried & Tested

Phoebe Taylor Makeup Artist blogThe Body Shop “Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil”

Suitable for sensitive skin & contact lense wearers, effective at removing makeup, even waterproof. For £10 you can’t go wrong.

Phoebe Taylor Makeup Artist BlogSuper Facialist by Una Brennan “Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil”

This smells absolutely devine, It’s anti-ageing contating Vitamin C for brighter looking skin. For £10.99

this is an absolute steal.


NUDE “Perfect Cleanse Nourish Facial Oil”

All natural ingredients, formulated with Omega 6 & 9, Jojoba oil and Meadowfoam oil it’s soothing and deep cleansing,  coming in at £28 for the serious skin enthusiasts wanting a little extra out of there cleanser.

Click the links to shop, have any other products to try? Would love to hear about them

P x


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