If you've never used an oil cleanser before, the concept probably sounds bizarre—how could washing your face with oil ever be a good idea?—but trust us when we say that once you try it, you'll be a total convert. Oil cleansers are fantastic for every type of skin, from the oily and acne-prone to the very, very dry, and they also totally eliminate the need for a separate makeup remover. Genius! Whether you don't know where to begin or you're just looking for a new formula to try, let our roundup of the best oil cleansers by skin type be your guide.
Oily/Combination Using oil to combat oily skin? You got that right. Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil ($67, shuuemura-usa.com) uses anti-inflammatory sakura leaf extract, salicylic acid derivatives, and naturally exfoliating cherry extract to wash away excess sebum (that's the oily stuff your skin produces) and dissolve clogged pores without over drying to balance moisture levels and refine acne-prone skin.
Oily/Combination If you load up on the makeup to cover blemishes, the slippery olive, kukui, and apricot oils in Dermalogica Precleanse ($38, dermalogica.com) melt away even waterproof foundation and concealer in seconds while deeply purifying and conditioning skin.
Sensitive Formulated without artificial colorants, synthetic fragrance, parabens, DEA, phthalates, or harsh irritants, the unique blend of oils in Bioelements Sensitive Skin Cleanser ($45.50, bioelements.com)—primarily olive, safflower, hazelnut, jojoba, and lavender—actually work to create a gentle lather when combined with water. They're also effective in balancing the skin's protective barrier layer to prevent moisture loss and irritation.
Normal If your skin is already relatively well-behaved (we're jealous), Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil ($32, sephora.com) is just the thing to renew cells and help maintain good skin health. The vitamin E and essential fatty acids in argan oil work to prevent dehydration and balance the pH of all skin types.
Normal For a deep-cleansing, super fresh feel, the eucalyptus in Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil ($28, boscia.com) is uniquely invigorating, and helps to stimulate circulation.
Dry Dry skin can seriously benefit from daily use of an oil cleanser in place of harsher foaming products. The vegan-friendly, omega-rich ingredients in NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes ($36, sephora.com) are, as the name implies, perfect for hydrating the skin while eliminating impurities.
Dry Clairvoyant Beauty Facial Cleansing & Massage Oil ($28.80, clairvoyantbeauty.com) uses deep-penetrating grape seed and avocado oils, along with rose and jasmine, to create a nourishing, spa-like experience.