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18 February 2021

5 Nourishing Cleansing Oils Changing Our Skin for the Better

Get to know the cleansing oils that will improve your skin’s cleanliness, and overall glow.

When it comes to skincare, we know that cosmeceutical products absolutely don’t do things in halves, that’s why when choosing an oil cleanser, cosmeceutical grade is the only way to go. These are the 5 you should know about.


Words By Brittany Lyons

Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil

When you think of proven cosmeceutical skincare, you can’t help but end up at Medik8.

If you’re into products free from parabens, artificial colours, fragrance, alcohol and testing on animals, then Medik8 should definitely be a primary consideration. We love their stuff.

The Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil is a deeply nourishing formulation that is perfect for sensitive or impaired skin types. Enriched with ingredients like Moringa Seed extract to literally melt away the day’s grime, this cleanser works hard at ridding the skin of impurities while replacing a healthy moisture balance. Cleansing and nourishing, tick-tick.

To use, simply apply a small amount to DRY hands and emulsify the formula onto dry skin. The result will be a melty milk-like consistency which will pick up the colour of whatever is on your face. Once rinsed off refreshed, purified skin will be exposed that has just been infused with softness and radiance.

Follow up with a foaming or cream cleanser for a perfectly washed face.

Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil 100ml, $52, RY

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Are you double cleansing? Well, if you’re not, our resident skin guru James Vivian reckons you’re not properly cleaning your canvas.

A first of the double cleanse will remove the makeup, SPF and daily pollution from the face, while the second is integral to actually get to the skin and giving it a solid freshen up.

Powerhouse out of the US Keihl’s was built upon the foundation of healthy skin. With roots dating back to 1851, this brand has been helping skins all over the world with natural ingredients and proven formulations for some time.

One of Keilh’s cult products is none other than their Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. Formulated with a blend of beautiful botanical oils including Squalane, Lavender and Evening Primrose oils, this luxurious yet effective cleanser is a brilliant way to start off your day.

The botanical aroma of the oil blends is also a sublime moment of self-care that should be enjoyed thoroughly, morning and night.

Like most others like it, the oil becomes emulsified when in contact with the skin and water, before wiping away stubborn makeup and impurities.

Perfect for sensitive skin types and most others on the skin spectrum, this amazing oil cleanser will not disappoint.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $50, Myer

Cosmedix Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil

When it comes to the primary cleanse, an oil-based cleanser is best practice as it breaks down the bonds of makeup and accumulative skincare, as well as drawing out oil from the depths of the skin. Oil attracts oil, and so this type of product is key if you’re on the oilier, acneic side too.

One of our favourites when it comes to no-bs, great cosmeceutical skincare is Cosmedix. If they make it, you can trust the product is fantastic.

A powerhouse in removing excess sebum, heavily pigmented makeups and environmental impurities, Cosmedix Purity Solution Cleansing Oil is a no-nonsense great cleanser.

Working hard to get into the remnants of the day off your face, the oil-rich formulation liquifies even oil based sunscreens, so you know you’re working with a blank canvas.

Formulated specifically to benefit those experiencing dryness and dehydration most, this non-stripping formula is deeply nourishing. Featuring a newly updated formulation to include an even more impressive list of nourishing ingredients, such as antioxidant-rich Corallina Officinalis Extract, we know that this product is packed full of stuff that leaves your skin healthy.

Pre-emptively thank Melia Azadirachta Extract (Neem extract), Argan, Moringa and Olive Oils for the glow that is about to ensue thanks to Cosmedix’s Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil.

Cosmedix Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil 100ml, $60, Adore Beauty

Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil - Chia and Parsley Seed

For those preferring to indulge in the luxurious and boujée skincare option, Votary is a no-brainer. Each of the line’s products are hand blended and tested by British Makeup Artist and former Beauty Editor, Arabella Preston.

“I am passionate about the skin-transforming power of natural oils” she says, which is all but fitting when responsible for one of the best cleansing oils on the market.

Votary’s Super Seed Cleansing Oil is packed to the brim with 22 botanical extracts that have superb nourishing and ant-inflammatory properties. Feeding your skin while cleansing essentially means your cleanser is also doing the job of a few handful serums. Amazing.

One of the only oil cleansers boasting age management control, the Super Seed Cleansing Oil has antioxidant-rich Parsley Seed and Omega-3 and protein-rich Chia Seed oils to thank to help plump and fortify skin, diminishing the look of wrinkles.

Paired with a cotton face cloth to ensure every skerrick of the day has been wiped from the face, we are loving the ritual this product is providing our routine!

VOTARY Super Seed Cleansing Oil – Chia and Parsley Seed 100ml, $122.80, Net-A-Porter

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil

A cult status product within the oil cleanser world comes from UK brand Elemis, globally recognised for harnessing the power of natural ingredients and scientific innovation.

The brand, best known for their mineral-rich cosmeceutical products with the aim to accelerate glow, Elemis is widely available via various beauty destinations, as well as priced at a very reasonable level for the quality of elements used.

Their oil cleanser has an impressive 90% of natural oils taking up the ingredients list, all which work together to leave skin nourished, soothed, softened and lifted.

Obviously, the job of an oil-based cleanser is to clean, and this product does so, in a gentle yet effective way. Dissolving makeup, SPF and helping regulate sebum production, this formulation is ideal for most skin types but especially those with oily skin.

To use, simply add a small amount to dry hands and apply to a dry face. With gentle vigour, the product will begin to emulsify with whatever you’re trying to rid your face of, waterproof-make up included.

For those of you prone to breakouts, oiliness, sensitivity or wear daily makeup and SPF (of course you do), then a cleansing oil should most assuredly be part of your AM and PM routine.

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil 195ml, $65, ASOS