Reasons Why Using a Cleansing Oil to Remove Makeup is the Way to Go

It’s finally happened.

My obsession with cleansing oils and compulsive need to talk about them/convince people to use them has pushed me to write a whole post about why you need to try them. I am going to keep this introduction fairly short so we can dive straight in.

Let’s go!

It takes off at least 85% of your makeup in one go

I cannot reiterate this enough! In just one cleanse the majority of makeup comes off. You do not need 10 makeup wipes or 10 separate steps till all the makeup comes off, legit 2 pumps of the oil, 1.5 minutes later – most of the makeup is off! We all have those nights when we cannot be bothered to take off our makeup, it’s late, we’re sleepy so we’re tempted to just fall into bed and play the denial game. BUT ever since I switched to cleansing oils years back, I have not slept in my makeup ONCE. This is me (a lazy skincare gal) saying this!

Its super gentle & nourishing (no tugging or pulling at your skin)

When using makeup wipes or cotton rounds soaked with micellar water, there is so much wiping involved it can leave your skin feeling super unhappy. We wipe wipe wipe, and it seems to be a never ending cycle or just more and more makeup coming off the face with no end in sight. This is especially the case when removing eye makeup. Tugging and wiping at the eyes and lashes is not good for your skin, wrinkle prevention or taking care of your lashes. The oil melts away the makeup and you are just using your hands to move the product around your face. You don’t have to scrub with your hands. You are simple moving the oil around your face and it’s working its magic with no effort!

The most effective at removing foundation

Foundation is the single most frustrating part of makeup to remove! Why? Because even when we think we’ve gotten it all off, to a surprise it’s easy to discover more still hanging on the face. When wearing makeup relatively frequently, for each day you still have foundation remnants on your face, it builds & build until your skin is so unhappy it breaks out. In just one step the majority of foundation comes off and of course followed by a second cleanse, everything has come off quickly and gently and you don’t have to worry about foundation hanging around. I like to follow up with a third step of micellar water when removing makeup to truly see if any foundation is hanging around on my skin and it never does.

You are giving your skin some extra TLC after a day of makeup wearing

Makeup wearing is quite fun but it isn’t the healthiest thing for your skin. I like to wear makeup often, giving my skin 2-3 day’s makeup free. So when I am wearing makeup on consecutive days I like to give it some extra TLC to keep it happy and rectify any unhappiness the makeup caused my skin. With cleansing oils, my skin feels so nourished and hydrated (and in the winter months this is crucial as the dehydrated/dry skin struggle is real AF!) There are cleansing oils out there that are less “oily” if your skin type isn’t a fan of any oily residue whatsoever. I haven’t find a gross greasy feeling with the cleansing oils I use, my skin just feels like I’ve freshly applied a facial oil and it’s sunk in. That feeling doesn’t linger in any bad way.

And that wraps up this short and sweet post. I feel like this post was a long time coming as I can’t seem to stop raving about cleansing oils. I even find myself trying to convince people to start using them anytime the topic of makeup removal comes up. I hope you guys found this post interesting and I hope you all have an awesome day. I’ll catch up with you guys in the next post!

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  1. Shireen L. Platt

    March 6, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I swear by cleansing oil and my holy grail is Dermalogica PreCleanse!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      I can’t imagine not using one. x

  2. Siobhán

    March 6, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I totally agree – I absolutely love removing my makeup with a cleansing oil because it makes makeup removal so easy! I have one from L’Occitane that I absolutely love and I’m a big fan of DHC & Caudalie too xx


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      SO easy and almost fun because it just melts off the face.

  3. Deanna

    March 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve really thought about cleansing oils in the past few months! I love a cleanser that takes off most of my makeup – you’re totally right about the tugging/pulling, plus makeup wipes are terrible for the environment. Definitely will check out some of your faves!

    Deanna |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      There are so many good ones out there for all skin types,

  4. Angela

    March 6, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I love massaging my face while using a cleansing oil – so relaxing after a long day!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Yes, it helps me unwind so much. x

  5. Yiota

    March 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Cleansing oils are the best but I don’t use them that often since I don’t wear full makeup every day but when I do, they are the best for easily removing my makeup! x


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      I use them even to take of SPF / minimal makeup on no makeup makeup days haha

  6. Danielle Alexa

    March 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I am now going to have to invest in an oil!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      If I had to pick one that would be perfect for oily skin. I highly recommend the B-Labs just cleansing cleansing oil. It’s a Korean skincare brand and leaves no residue whatsoever.

  7. Marina Rosie

    March 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I only own one cleansing oil – the body shop’s chamomile one. I really do love it, it’s so lightweight and does an amazing job at making my skin feel squeaky clean without effort or abrasion, even with makeup on – I’m going to have to invest ina few more. Loving this post! x
    Marina Rosie x

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 6, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      I am still yet to try that body shop one, it sounds so lovely. They are such a fantastic product, nothing takes off makeup easier.

  8. Claire

    March 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    i like to use cleansing oils to remove foundations and all the other makeup. i love the shiseido one so much!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 7, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      I’ve heard really good things about that shiseido cleansing oil, I really need to check it out. x

  9. Geniussr

    March 8, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Cleansing oil works great to remove makeup… thanks for this informative post…❤️

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 8, 2019 at 4:42 am

      They seriously are! x

  10. Gemma Etc.

    March 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I love how cleansing oils feel so luxurious to use. I’ve not tried any of these but I’ll definitely keep an eye out xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 9, 2019 at 2:18 am

      Cleansing oils are definitely the most relaxing way to take off makeup. x

  11. Jasmine

    March 10, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Definitely agree on the TLC part – I really don’t like tugging and wiping my skin with a dry face wipe! I also find it by far the most effective way of shifting my waterproof liner / mascara 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 10, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Exactly! I just love the whole face of makeup melts off in one go!

  12. Jenny

    March 13, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve been using cleansing oils to remove makeup too and I love how gentle yet effective the formulas are!

    ♥︎ Geeky Posh

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      I can’t imagine not using cleansing oils at this point

  13. Lauren Victoria

    March 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I love cleansing oils! They feel so luxurious and good on the skin. They make my skin feel so soft and cleansed x

    Lauren |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      They do! They are so clarifying yet so gentle it’s mind blowing!

  14. Khanak Mehta

    March 15, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I’ve been using coconut and baby oil to clean off my makeup since the day I started wearing it! They’re the only type of makeup removers that convince my paranoid brain that everything is truly off my face, haha. Glad they’re also incorporated into your routine x
    Great post!
    Khanak x

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      March 15, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      I can’t enough of oils for removing makeup, I don’t understand how people use micellar water or makeup wipes to take off the bulk of their makeup. Micellar water is step 3 for me, just to reassure everything is off. x

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