If your skin is oily nothing probably scares you more than the word oil in the description of skincare products. Indeed I used to feel that way about oil-based products, thinking “surely they’ll just break me out”. But believe me when I say oils can be great for oily complexions, which so often suffer from our mis-judged tendency to use harsh, astringent products. Sometimes all an oily skin needs is nourishment.
When I discovered oil cleansers, and in particular the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (70ml, RRP £11)* which I’m reviewing today, I became a huge convert. This is a really gentle way of removing the daily grime and makeup, but don’t be mistaken, gentle doesn’t mean ineffective; the DHC Cleansing Oil can shift even stubborn waterproof makeup without too much effort.
The main ingredient in DHC Cleansing Oil is olive oil. Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Antioxidants, when used in skincare, are known to help protect the skin from premature skin aging, and Vitamin E specifically enhances the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore smoothness and offers protection against ultraviolet light. In addition Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin. Olive oil doesn’t clog pores either making it perfect for congested and spot prone complexions.
The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is really easy to use. Applying to dry skin then massaging in a circular motion helps to lift dirt and melt away makeup. Once you are ready you simply add a little water which turns the cleansing oil into a milky consistancy that simply rinses away leaving no residue, just silky soft, hydrated skin. As you can see from the photographs of my hands, the dehydrated, wrinkled skin is transformed and looks brighter and more youthful. Imagine that effect but on your face and you’ll understand why I’m smitten with this product!
If you head over to the Libbie Club you can buy one 70ml DHC Cleansing Oil and get a travel sized one completely free!
Have you used an oil cleanser? Which one is your favourite