I have nothing against cleansing balms; they are thick and luxurious, not to mention hydrating. The ones I’ve tried will get rid of thick makeup and cut through waterproof mascara in one go but what makes them great is also what makes them a danger to your skin this time of year (Spring/ Summer). They easily clog your pores causing acne and dull your complexion.
I’ll highly recommend cleansing balms during winter months because as I mentioned earlier, they’ll get rid of makeup debris faster with just one application and leave your skin hydrated and nourished in one go.
I’ll argue that in some cases, depending on the ingredients in your cleansing balm, you might not even need a serum or moisturiser – that’s how powerful a cleansing balm can be.
And in winter months when our skin naturally craves heavier moisturisation, a cleansing balm is what it needs. This is very different from warmer months when over moisturisation can clog your pores, and cause your skin to overproduce sebum which can cause breakouts and hyperpigmentation.
Skincare experts recommend switching to hydrating oil cleansers during spring and summer. This is because they are light, use hydrating oils that also cuts through makeup and hydrate skin without clogging your pores.
Here are some of my favourite oil cleansers to use this time of year for perfectly clean and hydrated skin:
Simple Kind to Skin Hydration Cleansing Oil
On the cheaper side of the price spectrum is this very effective Hydration Cleansing Oil from Simple. It’s made with Grapeseed oil which is super light so it won’t be clogging your pores and causing breakouts.
Instead, it binds to oily grease, dirt, and makeup to lift it off your skin. It’s also enriched with Vitamin A and E to help nourish your skin with every use.
B. Cosmetics Micellar Oil
Another affordable cleansing oil is this Micellar Oil by B. Cosmetics by Superdrug. I have used it a few times and while I like its simplicity, it doesn’t do a great job of lifting all dirt off the skin. Your toner will have to do the rest of the job but that’s why a toner is an essential part of any skincare routine.
DHC Cleansing Oil
This olive oil–based facial cleanser by DHC Skincare has a cult following for a good reason. It’s an olive oil–based facial cleanser that dissolves make-up and leaves zero residue. It emulsifies into a cleansing milk when you rinse, leaving skin soothed, refreshed, and balanced.
The olive oil in it is rich in antioxidants that fight damage caused by free radicals without clogging pores. It also contains invigorating rosemary leaf oil.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
Organic and made using sustainable methods, this incredible smelling cleansing oil from Tata Harper, does the business.
It’s formulated for dry skin, and contains indulgent rosehip and sachi inchi oils to sweep away impurities and grime without upsetting the skin’s natural moisture balance.
Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil
This hard-working, antioxidant-packed oil cleanser from Fresh is perfect as part of a double cleanse skincare routine. It’s especially good at removing layers of make-up.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
Finally, there’s this famous Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil by Clinique. It’s for all skin types – dry, oily, or combination, and makes them ultra-clean and balanced – even if you’ve been wearing multiple layers of make-up.
Unlike most other oil cleansers, it’s totally fragrance-free, so ideal for anyone with allergies.
Has your cleansing routine changed since the weather did? And what are your favourite oil cleansers? I’d love to hear if there are other cleanser you think I should know of.
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