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Facial Cleansing Oil: Your New Skincare Essential

It’s no secret that cleansing oil is becoming increasingly popular in the world of skincare. But what is it about this product that has people raving?

In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using cleansing oil and why you should add it to your skincare routine!

What is an oil cleanser?

An oil cleanser is a product that is designed to remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities from the skin. Unlike traditional cleansers that rely on soap and water, a cleansing oil uses oil to break down makeup and dirt. This makes them incredibly effective at removing even the most stubborn makeup products!

Whether used alone or as part of a double-cleanse, adding a cleansing oil to your routine can provide a number of benefits for your skin.

Traditional cleansers vs cleansing oils

Traditional cleansers, such as a foaming cleanser or gel cleanser are water-based cleansers. Cleansing oils are oil-based cleansers.

The main difference between the two is that traditional cleansers rely on surfactants to cleanse the skin. Surfactants are chemicals that help to break down make-up, oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away with water. However, these same surfactants can also strip away the natural oils that keep your skin healthy! (Special Chem, 2022)

Cleansing oils work by using oil to break down makeup and dirt. The oils in a cleansing oil are attracted to the dirt and makeup on your skin, so they effectively “lift” it away without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

How does an oil cleanser work?

An oil cleanser’s primary cleansing mechanism is, as the name suggests, oils. Whereas cleansers wash away surface dirt, sebum and makeup from the skin, oils help to dissolve these impurities. This is because oils are lipophilic, which attracts them to other oils. So when you massage a cleansing oil into your skin, it helps to break down and remove any excess sebum, removing makeup or dirt that is clogging up your pores.

Oil cleansers also soften the skin and help to dissolve dead skin cells to reveal brighter and more radiant skin.

Benefits of using an oil-based cleanser

1. Highly effective at removing makeup.

If you wear heavy makeup or waterproof makeup,  you know how difficult it can be to remove everything at the end of the day. Traditional cleansers often leave behind the last trace of make up, especially waterproof mascara and long-wearing foundation. But a cleansing oil can help to quickly and effectively remove impurities and all traces of makeup, leaving your skin clean and refreshed.

2. Hydrating and gentle on the skin

As we mentioned earlier, traditional cleansers can strip away the natural oils that keep your skin healthy. This can lead to dryness, irritation, and even breakouts. But because a cleansing oil dissolves impurities rather than just washing them away, they are much gentler on the skin. This makes them ideal for people with sensitive skin or those who are prone to dryness.

3. Improve the overall appearance of your skin

In addition to cleansing the skin, oils can also help to improve your overall complexion. This is because they are often packed with nourishing ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants that can help to protect the skin from damage and keep it looking its best.

4. Suitable for all skin types

Cleansing oils are suitable for all skin types, even those with oily or acne-prone skin. This is because they help to dissolve excess sebum and dirt that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.


Cleansing Oil and Skin Type Suitability

Whatever your skin type, the best cleansing oils will help to break down makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping away the natural oils that keep your skin healthy. And they don’t increase excess oil on the skin either; even though they contain oils, they actually work to dissolve excess oil.

Oily skin

If you have oily skin, you know that too much oil can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. But a non-comedogenic cleansing oil can help dissolve excess sebum and dirt, leaving you with a clean and clear complexion.

Just be sure to choose a high-quality cleansing oil with non-comedogenic oils in the formulation and emulsify it with water after you have gently massaged the product onto your skin. A good oil cleanser will also dissolve with water; they attract excess oil from the skin, and then emulsifying with water will wash them away, ensuring your skin is left clean and fresh, not at all greasy.   

Dry skin

If you have a dry skin type, then you know that traditional cleansers can strip away the natural oils and moisture that keep your skin hydrated. But cleansing oils can actually help to replenish lost moisture and also repair the skin’s natural barrier to prevent future moisture loss, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother for longer Just be sure to choose a hydrating formula that contains nourishing ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants.

Sensitive skin type

If you have sensitive skin, then you know that traditional cleansers can often be too harsh. But cleansing oils are much gentler on the skin, making them ideal for sensitive skin. There’s no rubbing or scrubbing with an oil, and they lift effortlessly off the skin’s surface making removal a dream for irritated skin.

Oily or combination skin

If you have oily or combination skin, then you know that finding a cleanser that can effectively remove oil without drying out the skin can be a challenge. But cleansing oils can help to dissolve excess oil, sebum and dirt, leaving your skin clean and refreshed.


Oil Cleansers and Waterproof Formulas

As we mentioned earlier, the best cleansing oils are incredibly effective at removing even waterproof makeup, where gel or foaming cleansers often fall short. This is because the oils in the cleanser help to break down the makeup, making it much easier to remove.

Just be sure to choose a non-comedogenic oil cleanser in your skin care routine, as they will not clog your pores or add to your skin’s oiliness.

The Ultimate Cleansing Oil Routine with Aesthetics Rx

The Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil by Aesthetics Rx is the perfect addition to your skincare routine. This gentle yet effective oil cleanser dissolves impurities and all traces of makeup, leaving your skin clean, refreshed and free of environmental pollutants.

As a deep cleansing oil, it’s the first step of your double cleansing ritual. You can also use it as a makeup remover or a pre-cleanse before your usual cleanser to help break down stubborn makeup and SPF.

Our cleansing oil is lipophilic and hydrophilic.

Lipophilic: The cleanser is lipophilic, meaning it dissolves oils on the skin.
Hydrophilic: Once water is added, it begins to dissolve into a milky emulsion.




* Safflower oil: Antioxidant, wound healing, hydrating and nourishing.

 Biome Oleoactif®: Biome Oléoactif® is a postbiotic extract containing beneficial fatty acid molecules produced by beneficial probiotic bacteria. It also has a prebiotic effect, providing the nourishment that healthy bacteria use as a food source. Apart from its beneficial effect in supporting the skin’s microbiome, it is moisturising, restructuring, and soothing and works synergistically within the overall formulation of this cleanser to preserve youthful-looking skin.

 Lipochroman® molecule: Substantiated by clinical dat , this bio-inspired active provides a protective barrier that shields the skin against pollution.


  • Supports the skin’s microbiome
  • Balances sebum and excess oil on the skin’s surface
  • Prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL)
  • Decongests
  • Anti-Inflammatory

Apply Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil

1) Warm 1-2 pumps in the fingertips, then sweep over the face, eye area and neck to allow pollution, makeup, and impurities to melt and dissolve away.

2) With a little warm water, emulsify the oil into a milk-like texture and gently massage it before removing it with the Aesthetics Rx Microfibre face pads.

The perfect cleansing solution for night-time make-up and grime removal, and a comforting skin cleanser as the first step in your morning skincare regime.

Note: Avoid use on lash extensions.


Your Skincare Questions Answered:

Should I do a double cleanse routine every day, twice a day?

Yes, we recommend a  double cleanse every day,twice a day. The first cleanse removes pollution, excess oil, dirt and grime, the second cleanse treats and balances the skin. Overnight while you are asleep, the skin is actively repairing and regenerating itself, the metabolic processes involved cause excretion of wastes and other substances onto the skin’s surface. These should be removed with the first cleanse, the second cleanse treats the skin. If you live in a city with high pollution levels or wear heavy makeup, you will definitely  benefit from double cleansing at night time in particular.

Do I use a cleansing oil on wet or dry skin?

You can use an oil cleanser on wet or dry skin, but we recommend using it on dry skin as the first step of your double cleanse routine. This will help to break down makeup and impurities so that your second cleanser can work more effectively. We do suggest using water to emulsify the oil cleanser after you have massaged it onto the skin’s surface.

Will a cleansing oil make my skin oilier?

No, the right cleansing oil will not make your skin oilier. In fact, it helps dissolve excess sebum and dirt, leaving your skin clean and clear. Just be sure to choose a non-comedogenic cleansing oil as they will not clog your pores or add to your skin’s oiliness

What oils are used in cleansing oil?

There are a number of different oils that can be used in cleansing oil formulas, each with its pros and cons. Here are some of the most common oils used:

Grapeseed oil: This light oil is rich in antioxidants and helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.

Jojoba oil: This oil closely resembles the sebum our skin produces, making it an effective and gentle cleanser for all skin types. It’s also non-comedogenic.

Coconut oil: This oil is effective at dissolving sebum and dirt but can be a bit drying for some skin types. It’s also comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores.

Hempseed oil: This oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, making it beneficial for the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic.

Sunflower seed oil: This oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making it beneficial for the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic.

What is the best way to use cleansing oil?

To use a cleansing oil, massage it into your skin using circular motions. Then, with wet finger tips emulsify the cleanser with warm water. The cleanser will turn milky and can then be removed with Aesthetics Rx Microfibre Face Pads. Repeat the process, or choose to use a different type of cleanser for the send cleanse. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry.

Are there bad oils used in skin care?

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils can actually be harmful to the skin. Plant-based oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil are comedogenic, meaning they can clog pores. This can lead to breakouts and irritation. Additionally, coconut oil can be drying to the skin, stripping it of its natural moisture. If you have dry or sensitive skin, coconut oil is best avoided. (Well+Good, 2019)

Are natural oils suitable for all skin types?

Not all natural oil is suitable for all skin types. For example, coconut and olive oil are comedogenic, meaning they can clog pores. This can lead to breakouts and irritation, especially for those with acne-prone or skin sensitivity.

Alternatively, jojoba oi, hemp seed oil and grapeseed oil contain essential fatty acids and are non-comedogenic and gentle enough for all skin types. These oils help dissolve excess sebum and dirt, leaving your skin clean and clear.

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