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Beauty: Cleansing Oils & Other Oxymorons

Beauty issues: cleansing oils and other uses for oils www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Have you ever used oil in your beauty regimen? At a routine eye appointment, my doctor (who incidentally has some pretty amazing skin. Also: her husband is a cosmetic surgeon so there’s that) told me that I needed to start using baby oil to remove my eye makeup because whatever I was using (makeup remover wipes) wasn’t cutting it. “You’re going to have PROBLEMS when you’re old!” she reiterated.  I have to confess – my first reaction was “eww. Why would I do that?” Isn’t the whole point to not be oily? Why would I put oil in my eyes? I mean, I’ve used Moroccan Oil in my dry hair for a few years now, but I wasn’t about to try it on my face.

It took me a few months, but I fell into using coconut oil as a makeup remover. It works great, is relatively inexpensive, lasts a long time, and has a ton of other uses. It’s great for shaving your legs, for getting rid of baby acne, whitening your teeth, etc. It’s probably the only hippie thing I do other than occasionally wearing Birkenstocks. Pros: it smells delicious. Cons: it smells like coconut, so if you don’t like fruity drinks or the island life, avoid.

However. While the coconut oil was working great, I didn’t love it as a general moisturizer. It left my face a little bit red and irritated initially, so I avoided it on any areas other than my eyes (weird, right?). Then in December, I got a sample of the Bobbi Brown soothing cleansing oil with some other purchase I made and I was immediately hooked. It removes makeup more efficiently than the makeup wipes I’d previously used and didn’t irritate my skin overall.  Sold!

I can’t speak for those of you who have super oily skin (my husband included) – this probably isn’t going to be for you. But for those of us who struggle with dryness, especially in the winter months, you might be pleasantly surprised.  Here are a few favorites:

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Bobbi Brown Face Oil (also good on hands)
Moroccan oil
Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil
Fresh Seaberry Face Oil