It is common knowledge that oils are well-known in the cosmetic industry for clearing away the most stubborn of make-up products, but did you know that oil can clean the body just as effectively?
The great thing about oils is that they clean without stripping away the skins’ precious natural oils, which means they hydrate as well as cleanse.
Most cleansing oils that are used in the bath or shower contain natural ingredients such as almond, jojoba, olive or avocado, which when rinsed away leave a barrier of moisture on the skin.
So does this mean that we can nip into our kitchen store cupboards and pick out a bottle of olive oil and wash with that? The answer is no, as cleansing oils have been manufactured to specifically clean the body, as they contain surfactants that help to carry away the dirt from the body when rinsed with water.
Cleansing with oils will not suit everyone; if you have eczema or sensitive skin you might have a reaction to the oils. And it is worth pointing out that anyone with nut allergies could have a severe reaction to any product that uses a nut oil, such as almond for instance.
Those it will suit are people with very dry skin or those with normal skin that want a boost of hydration in the winter months.
Here are the cleansing oils that we recommend:
A budget option but a luxurious treat for your skin as this foaming shower oil lathers up beautifully and combines argan oil with hydrating grapeseed oil, almond oil, and vitamin E. Cleanses the skin and leaves it moisturized all day.
This cleanser uses 100% cold-pressed, USDA organic jojoba oil which is not only suitable for vegans but when added to water produces a gentle lather that smells divine.
If you suffer from dry or irritable skin then this shower and bath oil are perfect for you. It contains soothing mineral oil with natural oatmeal to hydrate your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
This body wash-cleansing gel combines avocado oil, basil, and olive which produces a thick lather that cleanses then leaves the skin smooth and supple.
A deeply moisturizing shower oil here from Sabon that contains antioxidants which work to balance the ph levels of your skin. This product is so gentle it is good for everyday use.
Lots of precious oils go into this body oil from Osmia, including avocado, evening primrose, borage, hemp seed, rosehip seed, sweet almond, kukui, and jojoba. Combined they not only cleanse but hydrate and also help to relieve water retention.
This product comes in a handy pump dispenser and is a creamy blend that has been formulated to soothe irritated skin whilst adding moisture.
This cleansing oil from Aveda is made using certified organic olive & safflower oils and when added to water lathers up to create a rich and creamy product that cleanses without drying out skin.
This nourishing oil contains carthame, jojoba, sesame, sunflower, and vitamin E to help fight free radicals. It also cleanses and smooths the skin by adding moisture and hydration. Gorgeous smell too.
This oil forms a milky emulsion on missing with water but still produces a good lather which is packed with vitamin A, goji berry, shea butter, and vitamin E.