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Cleansing Oil: The God of All Cleansers

One of Life’s Golden Rules is: Never go to bed with your make-up on. So, abiding by this mantra for gorgeously clear and healthy skin, we religiously cleanse our faces. But are they ever really clean? Like, deep-to-the-pores squeaky clean? We spend so long removing our make-up using 1000 different lotions and potions because we’re told that they’re good for our skin, to go to bed and wake up with a pillow covered in foundation, huge panda eyes and a lovely breakout of spots. Oh, the joys!

So, what’s the solution? I say oil. Yes that’s right… Oil.

I was skeptical at first, but I was asked to try out a new oil-based cleansing product, Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil so I obliged. Created by dermatologist Dr. Murad, the product is packed full of nourishing fruit oils including: Grape Seed, Pomegranate Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils plus Olive Fruit Extract to cleanse and hydrate skin, Jojoba and Liquorice to nourish and sooth skin and Sweet Almond Oil to hydrate and soften skin. The natural botanical oils are the secret to its success, gently removing impurities and make-up, leaving skin cleansed and hydrated. So, I decided to put it to the test.

Opening the bottle, I was instantly hit by a subtle sweet smell of goodness. To use, you’re instructed to dispense a liberal amount into lightly damp hands and gently massage onto a dry face for 30-60 seconds, then rinse with warm water. On the skin, it feels light and your face immediately feels softer. Yet, still unconvinced of its cleansing powers, while mid-massage, I rinsed my hands under warm water to see a little murky river of foundation being washed away. I was pleasantly surprised. Right before my eyes, I could see how much make-up had actually been removed. But my testing didn’t stop there. I then used a cotton pad soaked with a trusted cleanser of mine and swept it across my face. Nothing. No foundation. No residue. Nothing. From that moment, Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil and I became best friends. I’ve been using the product for 6 weeks now and my skin looks and feels so much healthier. Naturally, my skin is oily but the product hasn’t clogged my pores and it now appears to be less oily than before I used it. 

So, forget what you’ve been taught. Oil-based products are not the Devil. It may appear counter intuitive to use oil to cleanse your face, but the method is simple. Regardless of skin type, you’re left with clearer, softer and healthier skin that isn’t stripped of its natural oils.

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil £29

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