Any bitch who has read a beauty mag in the last 24 months has heard of facial cleansing oils. Facial cleansing oils have been around for eons, but lately they’ve experienced a renaissance; first within the prestige market and then trickling down to the discount demographic. Proponents insist oils remove impurities without disrupting the lipid barrier, thereby cleansing without creating unnecessary vulnerability to the skin. Since I struggle with the holy trifecta of breakouts, dryness, and sensitivity, I hoped oils could help calm the epidermal storm. In the last few months, I’ve worked a rotation of three different cleansing oils. To clean the skin, rub facial cleansing oil into dry skin. Then you could take it a number of different routes: emulsification and warm water rinse, washcloth, grains, etc. Personally, I use a Clarisonic. No suds. No foam. The makeup slides off in the slick, including difficult mascara. Expect super soft, clean, nourished skin as a result.1) First, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, a cult favorite comprised of the following: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil. Although, the principal ingredient is olive oil, the addition of rosemary adds an interesting dimension. I enjoy DHC Deep Cleansing Oil because it’s luxurious and reasonably priced. I bestow a letter grade of A-.2 ) Second, consider organic extra virgin coconut oil. Like many of you, I buy the big tub at Costco and use it all over. Among the three mentioned here, the most economical and simple choice is the organic extra virgin coconut oil. With just one pure ingredient, there’s only a marginal likelihood of allergy or reaction. For its simplicity and ready availability I give it an A.
3) Third, let me present Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil which is a mix of argania spinosa kernal (argan) oil, polysorbate-20, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, tocopherol. Sweeter, I like the consistency and experience of Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, but when I accidentally got some in my mouth it tasted yucky. It’s also the most expensive of the three and for these reasons I grade it a respectable B.