This is the biggest cleansing trend of the year

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Once approached with caution for fear of oil-slick induced breakouts, it seems as though we’re fully embracing cleansing oil. According to Pinterest, searches for ‘cleansing oil’ increased by a huge 555% this year. So why have we become so obsessed?  

The benefits of cleansing with oil are manifold. These silky formulas dissolve any amount of make-up and daily grime seamlessly – even lashings of mascara – so party season is a great time to get on board. What’s more, as oil attracts oil, any excess sebum will be removed along with your cleanser, leaving skin extra clean without that tight, dry feeling.

It’s not just those with dry skin who can benefit from a cleansing oil. While an oil-free cleanser may seem like a failsafe option for treating oily skin, these formulas usually contain alcohol that can upset the skin’s natural pH balance, causing it to produce more oil in retaliation. An oil-based cleanser, however, melts impurities away without over-stripping the skin.

Ready to give oil cleansing a chance? Read on for Stylist’s verdict on the best oils to try now…

Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil, £55

If you have sensitive or hormonal skin, consider this your saviour. The anti-inflammatory blend contains the oils of 21 different seeds – think pumpkin, cranberry and chia – to gently remove make-up and impurities without upsetting the skin barrier.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, £12

Vitamin E-rich soybean oil is blended with organic Norfolk chamomile extract in this brilliant budget buy. Works perfectly as a first cleanse, before a balm or gel. 

Sunday Riley CEO C+E Micro Dissolve Cleansing Oil, £35

Yes, this one will remove every trace of make-up and debris, but you’re really buying it for the goodness it delivers. Natural alpha and beta hydroxyl acids gently exfoliate, while vitamin C brings a serious brightening boost. Use it on either wet or dry skin, both day and night.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser, £68

Tata Harper is known for crafting some of the most indulgent products in the organic arena, and her super-rich cleansing oil doesn’t disappoint. Especially great on dry skin, it’s crafted with a blend of farm-grown plant and seed oils to deliver hydration deep into the skin. 

Dior Hydra Life Oil To Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, £27

Sweet almond oil forms the base of this lightweight wonder, which is rich in antioxidant vitamin E. It’s gentle enough for use on all skin types, and will melt away stubborn mascara, too.