Oh, it’s a black thing – Oil cleansers

white-space-for-blog31itsablackthing214Years ago if anyone had suggested that I should use an oil cleanser to get better skin, I probably would have slapped them. Like most black women I have quite oily skin, so why would I put more oil on skin that churns out more than the Middle East? Oil on skin to me meant a million spots and blemishes. Now I know better.

eve-lomMy first liaison with an oil cleanser was with Eve Lom. I was shocked at how well this thick oily gooey substance would loosen black heads from my skin. The ingredients include hops (yes, the thing they use when making beer), chamomile, clove, eucalyptus and lots of other bits that I can’t quite pronounce. What does it matter when it works, eh? It comes with a specially made muslin cloth that I also think is a miracle worker. It works with the cleanser to clean and exfoliate. I have literally seen blackheads on the cloth afterwards. (And it’s not because I scrub too hard!)

Another fabulous oil cleanser to try is the SKII Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil. I have never known anything to take make up off so thoroughly. It does leave a little bit of an oily residue so if you’d rather not have have that make sure you use a cloth similar to the Eve Lom version.

RMK’s Cleansing Oil is also fabulous. It emulsifies really well and does not leave a residue or sting the eyes, which is a huge bonus.

Next on my list to try is Shu Uemura’s High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil, so I’ll let you know how I fare. As you can tell, I have been totally converted to oil cleansers and my skin has never looked better.

RMK available at Selfridges, SKII and Shu Uemura available at Space NK.

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

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Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…