If you have oily or acne-prone skin, the concept of slathering on any oil-based products like cleansing oils probably doesn't make much sense. But we promise there's some logic here. Thanks to a little concept called double cleansing , the habit of starting your routine with a removes-it-all oil has gone from a niche Korean skin-care step to full-on mainstream practice. And yes, it's something that anyone, regardless of skin type, can get into. And unlike traditional makeup-removing wipes or even micellar waters , cleansing oils are some of the gentlest products that will still ensure every last trace of waterproof mascara and foundation is removed. No tugging required.
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Unlike makeup wipes—which, hi, are actually a breeding ground for zits! All of this is to say that you definitely need a cleansing oil in your lineup, which is why I gathered the 23 best formulas of all damn time, below. Great question. Just gently massage a pump of cleansing oil all over your dry, makeup-filled face for 30 seconds —carefully rubbing your lashes to get rid of any mascara—and rinse. You can either follow with the rest of your skincare routine or give your face one more round of cleansing aka double cleansing with a gentle, creamy face wash.
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Every product is independently selected by obsessive editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. While using an oil to cleanse your skin may sound, at first blush, entirely counterintuitive, the simplest way to understand its efficacy is this: Like dissolves like. Besides having obviously more oils than their soapy, foamy, and gel-ish counterparts , another factor that makes cleansing oils more hydrating is that they often have fewer, and sometimes, no, surfactants cleansing agents.
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