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Writer Sofia Kim's Obsession With Cleansing Oils And The Ones To Get

Cleansing is crucial in any skincare routine and is also the first step in helping you achieve good skin.

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Unless you like in a bubble, then chances are you will constantly come into contact with bacteria, pollutants and dirt. Add on to that a build-up of surface (dead) skin cells and makeup that might clog pores, you’ve got a recipe for a breakout. Because of this, daily facial cleansing is essential to remove these impurities and unwanted debris. Without it, our skin would be covered with a thick layer of dirt and grime, which makes it difficult for other skincare products to penetrate into the skin properly. When that happens, we won’t be able to get the full benefits of our skincare products, causing it to remain as it is (whether dull, tired, dehydrated and so on).

Since I wear makeup on a daily basis, I always double cleanse. And by that, I mean using both an oil-based followed by a water-based cleanser to wash off all the dirt on my skin. When it comes to facial cleansers, I’m pretty particular about the ones I pick. For one, it should not irritate or sting my eyes as I wear a ton of eye makeup (yes, I pile on eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara). It also should not strip any essential oils from my skin and can even remove waterproof makeup (read: I only use waterproof makeup).

I am currently loving cleansing oils. Yeah, I might be a little late to the craze but they are now my go-to whenever I need to remove all the gunk on my face. Cleansing oils remove dirt and makeup while still retaining moisture in skin, which is really important since my life is pretty hectic and I tend to drink a lot during the weekends (if you’re not already aware, drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin). What else I love about cleansing oils: they typically contain other skin-loving benefits to help improve skin’s texture as well as address other specific concerns, such as dullness and acne. I also find that using cleansing oils really remove my makeup thoroughly without having to dispense too much product.

It may seem counterintuitive to add oil to an already oily complexion (I have combination skin and my T-zone gets really oily) but they bind more easily to dirt and even oil-based makeup, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple after washing it away. After using a cleansing oil, I like to double cleanse with a water-based cleanser to thoroughly remove all the unnecessary dirt. So here, I share the top three oils that never failed me.