Ever since the mainstream American skincare market discovered that cleansing your face with oil like South Koreans have done for decades won't automatically break you out but can instead leave you with the cleanest, glowiest skin of your life, beauty brands have been coming out with cleansing oils right and left. For certain skin types, following the Korean double cleansing method by first washing your face with an oil-based cleanser (most of which transform into a milky texture on contact with water) and then following up with a water-based one can give you the best results in terms of makeup removal and nourished, hydrated skin.
The issue, however, is that not every brand's attempt at cleansing oil gets it quite right. So, if you're in the market for a cleansing oil but want to avoid anything greasy or chemical-laden, we've got you. This list contains the eight best cleansing oils money can buy, according to Byrdie editors.
This tried-and-true Japanese cleansing oil has been giving Byrdie editors' clean, soft skin for years. Moisturizing ingredients like vitamin E and olive oil make the product perfect for dry and aging skin.
Over the past couple years, this organic formula has slowly become a team Byrdie obsession. The easy-to-pronounce ingredient list includes goodies like beeswax, papaya and pumpkin seed oils, and vitamin E, which nourish the skin like a hydrating antioxidant serum while removing makeup and impurities.
If you're into the hydration part of cleansing oil but worried about clogged pores, here's your pick. This unique product combines the nourishing, makeup-removing powers of a traditional cleansing oil with the purifying properties of charcoal. The product emulsifies into a really light texture and never leaves the skin feeling greasy.
Rose hip, green tea, and avocado and olive oils are just a few of the delightful ingredients that make this super-lightweight cleansing oil one of our favorites. The product transforms into a milky texture really quickly and never leaves an icky film on the skin. Better yet, one travel-compatible container costs a reasonable 10 bucks.
You won't find a single Byrdie editor who isn't obsessed with all things Tatcha, and this camellia oil–based cleansing oil is no exception. If you're into cleansers that eradicate makeup, leave your skin insanely silky, smell divine, and look 10/10 on your vanity, this is the one for you.
Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue is especially hooked on BareMinerals' take on cleansing oil, which (like so many of the brand's products) works beautifully on both dry and oily skin types. What's cool about this product is that in addition to its antioxidant-packed blend of plant oils like cucumber and sunflower, it also has mineral-rich sea salts for brightening effects.
The rose- and geranium-infused scent alone makes this all-natural cleansing oil worth the high price. Aromatherapy aside, Byrdie editors are smitten with the product's formula, which is loaded up with antioxidants and omega-3, -6, and -9 for major nourishment.
Beverly Hills facialist Sonya Dakar kind of put oil cleansing on the map in the American skincare market, and this iconic product has been giving sensitive skin types glowing complexions for years. Unique buriti oil (which is anti-inflammatory and protects against photo damaging and premature aging), plus a host of other antioxidant-rich oils and extracts, make the skin feel insanely soft but not slimy.
Whatever your skin type, we hope one of these Byrdie editor–approved cleansing oils will give you the cleanest, glowiest complexion ever.