When it comes to easily and effectively removing makeup, I'm a big fan of cleansing oils. Not only do they break down even the most stubborn of waterproof makeup, but they also hydrate and condition your skin. The only problem though is finding a cleansing oil that doesn't leave behind an oily residue. Because even if you want your skin to feel soft and smooth instead of stripped after removing your makeup, you probably still want it to feel clean— not greasy.
And while there are plenty of options for oils that will remove your makeup (you could even use olive or coconut oil from your kitchen), not all will give you the power of an oil with the feeling of a traditional cleanser. Sure, it can take some trial and error to find the best oil for your skin— whether for cleansing or for treatment. But if you're just over taking chances on different oils (there's kind of a ton of them), no worries. Just take a browse through this list. These 10 oils will make sure all of your makeup can be quickly, effortlessly, and gently removed. And without feeling like you need to wash your face five more times afterwards. Because that's all we really want from a cleansing oil anyway.
1. Cooling Cleansing Oil
Try: Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, $32, Boscia
Formulated with a variety of oils including avocado, olive fruit, jojoba, and safflower, this cooling oil will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed but never greasy.
2. Coconut & Argan Cleansing Oil
Try: Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil, $16, Target
Moisturize your skin while you cleanse it with this oil that contains hydrating coconut, argan, and sunflower seed oils.
3. Camellia Cleansing Oil
Try: Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48, Tatcha
Gentle yet effective camellia and rice bran oils will melt away all of your makeup without leaving any residue behind.
4. Squalane Cleansing Oil
Try: Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $30, Sephora
Squalane along with eight other plant-derived oils and extracts will make sure your skin is protected and nourished while removing all traces of makeup and impurities.
5. Gentle Cleansing Oil
Try: Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil, $58, Erno Laszlo
Sensitive skin types will love this cleansing oil that features green tea and jojoba oils to guard against irritation and keep skin calm. Not to mention that it thoroughly removes dirt and makeup without leaving skin tight or oily.
6. Avocado Cleansing Oil
Try: No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, $12, Ulta
Avocado and rosehip oils lock moisture into the skin while impurities are easily washed away so skin is left feeling soft and hydrated, not slick and sticky.
7. Face & Body Cleansing Oil
Try: Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil, $25, Sephora
Quickly remove long-wearing makeup and even water-resistant sunscreens with this cleansing oil that can be used on the face and body.
8. Light Cleansing Oil
Try: Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, $9, Target
This non-comedogenic cleansing oil will make sure your pores stay clear instead of clogged, and your face stays soft instead of shiny.
9. Seaberry Cleansing Oil
Try: Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil, $42, Fresh
Removing makeup with the moisturizing and revitalizing properties of seaberry oil will have skin looking and feeling radiant and healthy, without a trace of residue.
10. Blended Cleansing Oil
Try: bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, $30, Ulta
This nurturing blend of gentle oils transforms into a milky emulsion when mixed with water, so it easily rinses away without a hint of makeup or oiliness left behind.
Because sometimes you just want the benefits of an oil without the feeling of one.