By Amy Lawrenson
There is more to cleansing than foaming face wash and Im-too-sleepy-to-remove-my-make-up wipes. Balms, cleansing waters, milks and oils are all big news across the globe, but have yet to make a real dent in the UK market. Here ELLE explores the benefits of these more unusual cleansing methods, what the best products out there are, and lets you in on some expert tips and tricks along the way. Better looking skin at the click of a mouse; what more could you want?More
It is a common misconception that using an oil cleanser will give you spots. “No, they won’t give you spots; you just need to choose one that is mineral oil and silicone free as they do clog the skin and cause breakouts.” explains Annmarie Harris, Product Specialist at NUDE skincare. Instead, if you strip your skin of the natural oils by using an astringent spot-clearing cleanser, it will often over compensate and produce more sebum which can lead to spots; looking at cleansing this way makes oil a more sensible choice. Oils are also super nourishing for dry skin and easily emulsifies the heaviest of make-up. They are hugely popular in Japan; in Muji stores over there the oil cleanser is the bestseller, making up 42% of the cleansing sales. ‘Looks like us Europeans are missing a trick and it's time to play catch-up!’ says James Lawless at Muji. Here’s our pick of the best cleansing oils out there…
Huile Eclat, £20 by LancomeFor: Normal to Combination skin
Lancome’s oil is delicately scented with White Lotus, a powerful antioxidant, and Rose de France, which is soothing. But this cleanser doesn’t just smell pretty, it works too. The oil leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed with no oily residue (it emulsifies with warm water) and removes every last trace of make-up.