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Thursday, 18 September 2014 22:00

The Top 8 Cleansing Oils: Degreased

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Nothing is faster in removing make-up
than a few pumps of Cleansing Oil,
a massage on your face to
melt the colours, and a quick
emulsification with water to further
dissolve impurities - all these
in less than 5 minutes.

One of the biggest beauty sins is to head off to bed with your face still plastered in make-up. With the introduction of Cleansing Oils, the vast choices and their swift cleansing action, there's really no reason why you’d hop into bed with your make-up on, and clog up your pores. On top of that, you wake up looking like a greasy piece of bacon.

Gone are the days when you have to use up wads of cotton pads to remove make-up, tugging and rubbing at your skin. You see lingering colours in that last cotton pad, half convinced that your face is clean.

With the modern-day woman always striving to streamline her beauty routine to make way for more time for other commitments (and indulgences), the Cleansing Oil proves to be the answer to simple & fast make-up removal.

Here's our list of the Top 8 Cleansing Oils, in no particular order.

shu uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula
(S$50 for 150ml; S$115 for 450ml)
No decent list on Cleansing Oils would ever be complete without including a couple from shu uemura. After all, they do place claim on inventing the 1st "magic oil" called Unmask in 1967.

Made from camellia oil, this popular classic has superb cleansing ability while maintaining a light texture that's suitable for most skin types. You can't go wrong with this. It’s an all-rounder.

shu uemura POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil
(S$50 for 150ml; S$115 for 450ml)
Myth: If you’ve oily skin, you shouldn't use Cleansing Oils as they will make your skin even oilier. Not with this lightweight oil which even smell like a fresh spring day. Its cinnamon bark extract regulates sebum overproduction and wipes out excess oil. shu uemura added sakura leaf extract, which is known to reduce inflammation and skin redness - a headache for most people with oily or acne-prone skin.

We love its water-like texture - light, and yet not compromising on its cleansing power. We stepped out feeling fresh, make-up swabbed and oil zapped!

Degreased! Roundup of Cleansing Oils

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil
(S$20.90 for 200ml)
This reasonably priced Cleansing Oil eradicates heavy make-up, including those thick coats of waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Concocted from high purity olive oil without any mineral oil, alcohol, fragrances and colourant, it’s suitable for sensitive skin. Its other partner, the Make-up Remover (not oil), doesn’t pack as much cleansing power and is more suited for removing light make-up.

Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil
(S$48 for 250ml)
This Cleansing Oil uses natural virgin coconut oil to zap out stubborn, waterproof make-up. Skin feels clean and supple after repeated usage. It’s free of mineral oil that will congest your pores and has added Ganghwa mugwort extract to deep clean your pores. Mugwort extract is also rich in calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C to enhance our skin’s defence against free radicals. Those with really oily skin might like to do a double-cleanse by following up with your normal face cleanser.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
(S$42 for 200ml)
Another Cleansing Oil that’s made from virgin olive oil, this DHC one is pricier as compared to the one from Hada Labo. Not containing any mineral oil that might cause skin irritation, it’s suitable for sensitive skin and less likely to cause a breakout. After massaging the oil all over face to remove waterproof make-up and emulsifying afterwards, this Cleansing Oil rinses thoroughly to give a clean, non-greasy feel. Skin feels hydrated and soft.

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil
(S$95 for 250ml)
Formulated with mineral oil, apple seed extract, and of course, their renowned Pitera™, this clear Cleansing Oil lifts away waterproof make-up easily and doesn’t leave skin stripped of moisture, or laden with oily residue. We know many who would swear by the effectiveness of Pitera™, and would gladly pay a premium to reap its benefits. It’s certainly the priciest in this list.

It’s suitable for combination to oily skin, but those with sensitive skin might like to do a spot test before getting a full-size bottle. You can get sample-size bottles here.

Cleansing Oils Shootout

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil
(S$43 for 200ml)
A host of oils makes up this lightweight Cleansing Oil - olive, sunflower, sesame and safflower. This thick Cleansing Oil whisks off make-up easily and skin feels hydrated after use. Fans of aromatic treatments will love its rejuvenating scent, a concoction of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Whilst suitable for all skin types, those with sensitive skin especially, will love this non-comedogenic oil. Its Vitamin E soothes and protects skin against environmental stress.

KOSE Seikisho Perfect Cleansing Oil
(S$35 for 180ml)
Made from mineral oil, many have rated this Cleansing Oil as being “indeed perfect”. Suitable for normal to oily skin, it contains coix seed and melothria root extracts to whiten your skin, angelica extract to brighten, and Chinese quince extract to tighten pores. Its texture is not as water-like as shu uemura POREfinist, but we like that skin feels soft and clean after washing, with no hint of dryness or oiliness. When emulsified, it turns a slight tint of purple, instead of the usual milky white.



The steps for using Cleansing Oils to remove make-up are quite standard across the board.

1. Dispense 2-3 pumps of oil onto dry palms and massage all over dry face, including your eyes and lips. You might like to warm the oil by rubbing your palms together so that it spreads more evenly.

2. Wet your fingers and massage all over your face again. This will emulsify the oil on your face, turning a milky white or a light baby purple (for KOSE).

3. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.

4. Should I 'double cleanse'? 'Double cleanse' means following up with your favourite facial cleanser to ensure that your skin is really squeaky clean - all traces of make-up and oil removed, and also to reap benefits from a facial cleanser. Listen to your skin and how it feels. Skin shouldn’t feel dry if you double cleanse. Nor should skin feel oily if you don’t.


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