Putting oil on your face sounds wrong, but when it’s a cleansing oil like Philosophy Purity, which is full of great ingredients, it’s a giant yes.
Three drops of this lovely smelling oil is enough to get rid of the BB cream, mascara and eyeliner I wear every day - and all in about two minutes. And it'll even dissolve a night out's worth of makeup, sweat and grime...
Starting with a dry face, I massage Purity into my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, before concentrating on my eye makeup.
It takes a little more work to get rid of the mascara, but 99% of the time Purity dissolves it first try.
The next step is to massage warm water into my face and then I use a warm facecloth/flannel to wipe it all off.
And hey presto, makeup is completely gone.
Sometimes I follow this up with a second cleanser – at the minute I’m using ARK brightening cleanser – sometimes I just have another wipe with the facecloth.
Purity made simple is £20 for 171ml, but I’ve been using it for MONTHS and still have ¾ of the bottle left, so it’s definitely economical. And no faffing around with cotton wipes means it’s better for the environment too (probably).
I’ve been singing the praises of oil cleansers since I first tried Dermalogica Precleanse almost two years ago.
I’ve since used ARK Remove and a travel-size bottle of Bobbi Brown oil cleanser is always in my overnight bag.
The great thing about oil cleansers is that they take off everything – including waterproof makeup and lipsticks – in seconds.
I've also found them really gentle on my sensitive eyes.
So if, like me, you hate taking your makeup off at the end of the day, try oil cleansers and see how you get on. Even if you have oily skin, there is an oil cleanser out there that will work for you.
My one caveat is to avoid mineral oils. They’re cheap, can make you break out, and are basically a by-product of petrol production. Not good for your face.
And use a new facecloth every night. Bacteria love damp places and think of how much fun they’d have procreating inside your flannel between uses. Blugh.