While in The Body Shop last weekend stocking up on the Ginger Scalp Care shampoo (which is amazing for itchy scalps by the way), I picked up this Moisture White Shiso Cleansing Oil. I'm not usually a fan of The Body Shop skin care, but this cleansing oil sounded interesting.
Here's the description:
This rinse-off cleansing oil removes make-up and impurities. It contains our unique shiso formula. Gently dissolves make-up and lifts away impurities. Does not dry out skin. Specially developed for Asian skin.
Although I've been using hot cloth cream cleansers and milk cleansers for a few years now, I've never tried an cleansing oil. Unless I count using mineral oil to remove waterproof mascara when I was a teenager, which worked really well but used to blur my eyes.
This cleansing oil comes in a standard pour bottle. Personally I'd prefer a pump for convenience but it's fine... it just needs a wipe around the bottle opening every so often.
The main reason I wanted to try oil cleansing was because I wanted to be able to remove make-up and cleanse my skin in one step, instead of using face wipes, eye make-up remover, then cream cleanser etc. I've also come to dislike using face wipes because there's always loads of dry ones in the pack, and sometimes I feel like they're too abrasive on my skin, particularly when I'm removing eye make-up.
I'm pleased to say that since I started using this cleansing oil, I've managed to simplify my evening cleansing routine.
To show you how, here's my hand with a variety of water resistant and waterproof make-up on it..
This is a splash of cleansing oil going on...
This is the cleansing oil gently rubbed into the area for a few seconds. The make-up has dissolved with hardly any friction required.
This is my hand after being rinsed with water. Clean as a whistle!
I'm happy with my first cleansing oil so far. I much prefer using just one product and then rinsing it off clean.
I've tried a few different methods of using this cleansing oil, and my preferred method is as follows:
- Start with dry skin. Pour about a teaspoon of the cleansing oil onto palm
- Use fingers to dab oil generously on areas prone to build-up of sebum or make-up (e.g. sides of nose, chin, and eyelids)
- Dab remaining oil to rest of face
- Use fingertips to spread and massage oil in circular motions, concentrating on aforementioned areas of concern
- Leave eye area to last so that the oil has had more time to start dissolving stubborn make-up and thus needs less rubbing
- Rinse thoroughly
After rinsing, my skin really does look and feel clean. When I rinse, the oil comes off completely, taking all traces of make-up and dirt with it. If I use a white towel on my face afterwards, it doesn't get left with remnant make-up.
The first couple of days I used this, I thought my skin seemed a little more dry after rinsing than when I've used a cream/milk cleanser. I really wanted the oil to be moisturising as well as cleansing, but it doesn't seem to be. I guess I wouldn't want any "dirtied" oil staying on my skin anyway...
I'm definitely going to keep using this cleansing oil. I like that it leaves my skin perfectly clean and also saves me time and effort in the evenings.
This cleansing oil was $15 for 125ml (4.2 fl oz).
The full ingredients (I'm not a fan of fragrance being listed) of The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Cleansing Oil are:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Isohexadecane (Emollient/Solvent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate (Surfactant - Emulsifying Agent), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Antioxidant), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (Conditioning Agent, Humectant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster)