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Curious about Double-Cleansing? Start with These 9 Oil Cleaners

Soft, supple skin is in your future.

By: Hannah Baxter

If you haven’t dipped a toe into the double-cleansing pool, it’s time you gave it a go—for your skin’s sake. For those unfamiliar, the art of the double cleanse involves using two different cleansers, an oil-based followed by a cream or gel-based formula, to remove makeup, pollutants, and dirt that builds up over the course of your day; there’s no trace of impurities left behind. (We’re also fans of using the slip of an oil to perform our daily gua sha routines or to give ourselves a well-deserved facial massage. Both reduce tension and help sculpt your jaw and cheekbones.)

The mark of a high-quality oil cleanser is the lack of a sticky film after you rinse it off. You want your skin to feel soft and supple, but with no trace of residue. The nine listed here are our tried-and-true favorites, whether your skin is sensitive, oily (remember, oil removes oil), or combination. Shop them all below.


Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil, $56

One of our favorite new launches of the season, Pai’s ultra-gentle cleansing oil picks up lingering makeup and dirt with ease. The rosehip base contains omegas 3,6,7, and 9, plus plenty of antioxidants for protecting your complexion from free-radical damage.

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, $40

A luxurious blend of Coix Lacryma-Jobi seed, tangerine peel extract, and apricot kernel oil dissolves makeup fast. It has a nice weight on the skin that is ideal for a lymphatic massage, but still rinses cleanly.

Beautycounter Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil, $49

This clean-beauty favorite is inspired by traditional Japanese beauty and is rich in fatty acids to hydrate dry skin, plus a plant-derived retinatural complex, bakuchiol, a natural alternative to retinol. When mixed with water, it becomes milky and rinses completely clean.

TONYMOLY Wonder Apricot Deep Cleansing Oil, $20

Apricot seed oil is the star of this K-beauty must-have, and for good reason. It leaves the skin hydrated and soft—never tight or itchy—while gently cleansing and removing even the toughest waterproof mascara.

CHANEL Beauty L’Huile Anti Pollution Cleansing Oil, $45

A beauty-editor favorite, this CHANEL formula contains blue micro algae to fortify the skin against pollution (a must if you live in a big city), while marine salicornia extract hydrates and strengthens the skin barrier.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48

If you’re looking to combat fine lines and brighten your complexion, this is the oil cleanser for you. Japanese camellia oil contains more oleic acid than olive oil, which penetrates deeply into the skin to replenish moisture and plump wrinkles. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins A, B, D, and E.

Tata Harper Nourishing Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, $82

Natural-beauty fans agree that Tata Harper is the queen of clean beauty products. The oil cleanser provides the perfect amount of slip for your gua sha or rolling routine, while the added alfalfa nourishes the skin with biotin and vitamin E.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $28

A staple in any beauty lover’s cabinet, this Japanese beauty best-seller removes dirt and makeup like a dream. The luxurious texture helps your skin feel soft and buttery smooth, even in the driest months of the year.

Biossance Squalane Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $30

Plant-based squalane is the hero ingredient in this cleanser, along with eight plant-derived extracts to calm the skin and fortify it with antioxidant-rich oils. A sugarcane derivative, hemisqualane, gently removes lingering impurities on the skin for a supple finish.

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