Ever since double cleansing has been the mainstream method for removing makeup, we’re faced with a dilemma. Which one of the two cleansers should we splurge on? When “both” is not on the table, you usually save money with the first cleanser. And rightfully so. But as luck would have it, there are drugstore cleansing oils that are both affordable and effective in removing your base makeup, and stubborn eye makeup.
After all, the only thing your cleansing oil needs to do is simply melt your makeup away. That way, when you follow up with your second cleanser, you’re not left with smeared red lipstick all over your lips and a shade of black under your eyes from leftover mascara and eyeliner.
And now that we’re getting hot and heavy with summer weather, it’s best to avoid using a single cleanser to remove makeup and clean your skin, which might lead to dehydration and irritation from all the rubbing. Well, you don’t have to. Find below the best drugstore cleansing oils.
This one is a dual-phase cleansing oil, meaning that it’s not all oil-based, but half water-based. It melts away makeup with sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and rosehip oil, which is packed with vitamin A. The water-based content includes glycerin and aloe vera water to hydrate as well. The cleanser takes away excess sebum and stubborn makeup, leaving the skin soft and prepped for round two. It’s fragrance-free and an overall effective drugstore cleansing oil for all skin types including sensitive skin.
This is a classic among drugstore oil cleansers. It has mineral oil to break down your makeup, including waterproof makeup, and it picks up any oil residue to make your second cleanser work better. Close your eyes and massage the oil in to get rid of your eye makeup and lift off the mascara from your lashes.
This is a super gentle and super nourishing cleansing oil heavy makeup wearers will appreciate. It dissolves your makeup with argan oil and coconut oil, which are two of the most replenishing oils that moisturize and soften the skin. And it’s equally effective in breaking down the lipids in the skin be it your own oil or that of your foundation’s.
I know that cleansing oils stay on the skin for a minute until you wash them away. But this one packs a blend of amazing oils to make that 60 seconds count. It’s formulated with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, which are madly rich in antioxidants. It’s a dream come true for dry skin. The variety of oils helps dry skin hold on to moisture during makeup removal. That way, your second cleanser doesn’t need to stay too long on the skin, which might, in fact, strip your skin.
Though not as affordable, this is one of the most popular drugstore cleansers beloved by heavy makeup wearers. The Japanese gem is formulated with olive oil, which is packed with antioxidants. It’s non-comedogenic, which makes it suitable for even oily and acne-prone skin. It’s free of fragrance and rids the skin of waterproof makeup, excess oil, sunscreen, and leaves it fresh as a daisy.
The idea behind cleansing balms is the same as cleansing oils. They all melt away makeup. So you might as well give this buttery balm cleanser a chance because it offers serious skincare benefits. It dissolves makeup with oils. But it also packs ceramides and hyaluronic acid to replenish the skin and to leave it clean and plump. It melts into an oil texture as you massage the balm into the skin while it picks up impurities from the skin.
Similarly, this is another cleansing balm to melt away makeup with nourishing oils. It has avocado oil and jojoba oil in a solid form that just breaks down into a light oil as you massage it in. But it also packs eucalyptus oil, which is simply a treat for the senses. Plus, the vegan balm has vitamin E for its moisture-boosting benefits. That way, you get to purify the skin and hold on to your skin’s natural lipids all the while.
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