Go Buy Now: Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil
Washing your face with oil may seem counterintuitive, especially for those who equate oil with breakouts. But oil cleansers remove makeup and impurities as well as soap, without clogging pores or stripping skin’s natural moisture balance. Translation? Your skin won’t overcompensate with extra oil production, which is what actually causes breakouts. Instead you’ll get soft, healthy skin that feels moisturized, instead of tight or dry. Maybe that's why Ginnifer Goodwin and Zooey Deschanel swear by oil cleansers.
Oil face wash isn't new: Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil ($55) was one of the first and Josie Maran’s Cleansing Oil ($32) is popular for its natural argan, but it’s Dr. Murad’s new cleanser with which I’ve recently fallen in love. The Renewing Cleansing Oil ($32) is a mix of botanical oils--grape, pomegranate, sunflower-- olive fruit extract, jojoba, and licorice to cure dry skin, and sweet almond oil to soothe and soften. It’s 100 percent noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
When you shake a few drops into damp hands and rub onto dry skin, it turns into a milky consistency that immediately dissolves makeup. Give your skin a good massage, about 30 seconds to a minute, then rinse your face as you normally would. Your skin will feel clean, not greasy or filmy--I swear. It’s also the perfect partner for an exfoliating brush. My skin normally feels tight after using my Clarisonic with regular cleanser, but with this oil, it feels hydrated. If you love cream cleansers, like Cetaphil, you’ll love an oil. It’s just as gentle, but actually removes makeup.
Still not convinced? Stick to your morning routine and swap out your nighttime cleanser for an oil. I promise, you’ll notice softer skin almost immediately.