I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
As far as I'm concerned, double cleansing is just about the best thing you can do for your skin. I'll explain why.
First, you need an oil cleanser that gently removes oil-based debris such as sebum, makeup, SPF, and soot/pollutants. Then you need to clean up water-based debris, such as sweat and dirt, with a foam or cream cleanser. If you don’t use both, you’re really not cleaning your skin properly, which can cause congestion and even breakouts.
Now that you know why I absolutely love oil cleansers, on to the next topic: The Banila Co Clean it Zero Cleansing Oil Balm.
This is my oil cleanser 2.0. The solid, sorbet-like texture makes it easy to scoop out with a little spatula. Like all great oil cleansers, the balm doesn't leave behind a greasy residue and it removes most waterproof makeup without stripping your face of its natural oils.
Below, I smudged a quarter-size amount of the cleansing balm over waterproof eyeliner, lip tint, eyebrow pencil, and cream eye shadow
Then I spread the product around in gentle, upward circular motions, without any water.
As I continued to spread the product, the sherbet-like texture dissolved into a lighter oil.
A bit of water emulsified the oil. You know you're doing it right when it turns milky.
Here’s an Instagram video of the product in action.
In addition to being super gentle, Banila Co's oil cleansing balm is super packed with antioxidants. With a slightly citrus scent, the formula has papaya extract, for vitamin C and natural exfoliating, and cherry extract for vitamin A. Sensitive skin types can opt for the Purity version of the product.
Psst: I’m giving out five of these oil cleansers to you and four of your friends! Check out my Instagram for contest details.
Are you a double cleanser? What's your favorite oil cleanser?