I think we can all agree to having a love-hate relationship with evening makeup removal. While there's a definite laziness factor involved, washing away the buildup and remnants of the day can feel pretty satisfying.
That all said, a simple makeup wipe isn't always enough to get the job done (although they suffice on occasion when we're particularly burnt out). This is where cleansing oils come in. To make your PM (and AM) beauty routine as effective as possible and ensure you're truly stripping your face of all the makeup and dirt, starting off with an oil-based cleanser is key. These thicker more concentrated formulas have the ability to break down even the toughest makeup and aren't harsh on your skin. And, when followed with a solid foaming or water-based cleanser, your face can truly be the clean working space it needs to be for all the target treatments you apply for the night. Some have also found them to be nice alternatives to their go-to cleansers altogether, due their makeup-removing abilities and moisturizing properties.
To make sure you don't miss out on the benefits of this beauty underdog, we've gathered some of our favorite cleansing oils to get you started.
This affordable drugstore option is infused with a blend of oils that act as a magnet to extract impurities. It'll leave your skin feeling soft, sans a greasy feeling.
Neutrogena Ultra Light Face Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover
It's highly doubtful that you haven't heard of Biossance's cult-favorite cleansing oil. It's certified as a clean beauty product by Sephora, and the sustainable squalene oil is full of antiaging properties.
Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery line is all about restoring your skin's texture and health. This cleansing oil is full of pure botanical oils, will leave your skin balanced and is perfect for nighttime use.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
This unique formula is a balm cleanser that becomes a cleansing oil. It makes removing makeup so much easier and is optimal for either morning and evening use.
Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil
It's reported that a bottle of this cleansing oil is sold every 10 seconds. The formula includes olive oil, which helps in drawing out impurities.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Do your pores feel clogged? Could your skin be a little brighter? In that case, this cleansing oil has your back. Upon contact with your skin it micro-dissolves to remove excess oil, debris, pollution, and more.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil
This makeup-removing oil is known for leaving skin very soft. The organic sunflower and castor oils dissolve makeup while providing your skin with vitamins and nutrients.
Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil
We can always count on Burt's Bees as a drugstore favorite, and this product doesn't disappoint. The 100% natural formula dissolves your makeup, moisturizes your skin, and doesn't leave behind any oily residue.
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil With Coconut & Argan Oil
This oil-based skin cleanser melts away a stressful day and smells amazing. Give your skin the TLC it deserves!
Pacifica Coconut Dissolve Rehab Cleansing Oil
Nooni has officially created the all purpose cleanser of our dreams. Not only does it remove makeup, dirt, and impurities, it also uses Citric Acid to gently exfoliate and brighten your skin tone.