While we’re always ready for an oil massage when it comes to our scalp or body, as soon as the conversation turns to our faces, there’s not as many takers. Even though we’re not in favour of slathering thick oils all over our faces—the fear of acne is real—pick the right one and you’ll be a convert before you know it. For those of you still shying away from using an oil and actually leaving it on your face, try a cleansing oil that washes off with water and won’t leave you in a sticky situation. We put to test three facial cleansing oils to test—here’s our verdict.
Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil
“Even though I’m actually a big fan of face oils, tell me there’s one that’ll help reduce the oil on your face and I’ll laugh right at you. Shu Uemura is a Japanese beauty brand that multiple celebrity makeup artists have recommended to me—I bought their eyelash curler while on holiday and was sold in a single curl. The concept of an anti-shine oil is far from common, making me very keen to give it a shot. On first impression, the oil is very lightweight and a little bit actually goes a long way. I used it at the end of a long work day on my combination skin, which featured a few bumps here and there. A quick massage and I instantly felt the white tops of my acne come off in my fingers without any pressure whatsoever. It turned into a milky consistency when I washed it off and left my skin feeling smooth and clean, with minimised bumps and tighter pores —never has a cleanser done the latter (this one does so due to its cinnamon bark extract that takes care of excess sebum). While I only got myself a sample size, I’m certain a big bottle is the need of the hour.” – Anjan Sachar, beauty writer – Vogue.in
Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil
“The Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil is the first cleansing oil I have ever used—my skin tends to be oily so I have steered clear of applications that might make it worse. The oil removes makeup with one clean swipe, so it’s fairly proficient in that department. However, it leaves your skin feeling slightly sticky and it stings the eye if it makes contact. The fact that contact with water makes it slightly foamy and face wash-like was great, saving the hassle of using another product post cleansing . While my skin felt soft (non-greasy) after the usage and didn’t show any side effects, I would rather use this as a makeup remover followed by a less scented wash, as I found it too heavily perfumed to use it regularly.” – Chandni Sehgal, senior copy editor
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
“I’m always very skeptical about any product that includes the word ‘oil’ in it, for the obvious reason that I don’t enjoy the feeling of grease on my face. But I’m very particular about washing my face because I’m obsessed with the idea of clean, fresh skin. When my colleague suggested the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, I was quite reluctant to jump onto the oil bandwagon. Turns out I’m a convert. While I’m not big on makeup in my day-to-day life, I apply some mascara, kohl or the occasional eyeliner before I leave for work. The cleansing oil promises to take the makeup off your face along with the dirt and grime it accumulates by the time you hit the sack. The product feels very light when applied on your skin and the lavender aromatic blend smells great. The beauty of this oil is that it has the potential to lather up when you add water and massage your face slightly. The area around your eyes is always the tricky part with products that lather up, but this one does the trick, gently. The emulsifying oil will help remove the makeup around your eyes completely, and my skin was left feeling soft, fresh and hydrated. If you’re looking for an oil cleanser that will do away with impurities while respecting your skin type, this is it.” – Shweta Chaudhari, photo assistant In this story: Cinnamon, Cleanser, Faces, Mascara Now Playing: Gigi Hadid on why she is not perfect
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