Natural Product Review – Oil Cleansers

In my efforts to switch up my products for more natural ones, I tried a oil cleanser for my face wash. I have been using an oil cleanser since January or February.  I started with the Shea Moisture Peace Rose Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil. Then in May I decided to try Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil. I really did not know what to expect initially.

The skin on my face is the opposite of the skin of the rest of my body, in that it has always been oily. At times, VERY oily. I have always had to deal with acne, especially when I eat poorly (indulging too often in things that cause me digestive issues). I had been using a cream cleanser from Neutrogena and initially it was the greatest thing I even used and kept my acne pretty calm… until I lost weight.

I am not sure why, but when I lost weight in 2015, my face was cleaner when I used nothing. However, my face would be extremely greasy and feel kind of rough. While researching natural products, I saw a lot of positive and surprising things about oil cleaning. So I looked at my new favorite brand Shea Moisture to see if they had one, and they did.

Pros Shea Moisture Peace Rose Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil

  • My skin was clear.
  • My skin was soft.
  • It has a nice scent. It smells like roses, but that does not continue after rinsing.

Cons Shea Moisture Peace Rose Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil

  • For the first time ever my face was dry. I actually felt like my face needed lotion after I washed it. I have an exfoliating brush for my face, which I had been using nightly until starting to use this cleanser. That brush with this cleanser made my skin peel.
  • Get it in your eyes and it will burn for a while. Within the first month of using it I accidentally got it too close to my eye. OUCH! My eye was burning and blood shot until the next day.
  • It does not help remove makeup. Some folks boasted about how great a makeup remover it is and it just did not do that for me. I even wear washable makeup. This made me question how much it really does for my skin.

I had decided to repurchase when I ran out. Unfortunately, Target was out of stock when I needed more cleanser. I saw in the recommended section though that Burt’s Bees has one. I love the Burt’s Bees daytime facial lotion I use so I gave it a try.

Pros Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil

  • Little to no scent. Better no scent than a bad scent.
  • My skin remained soft.
  • My skin did not feel dry.

Cons Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil

  • Still not helpful with removing makeup.
  • My acne returned with a vengeance when I used it with the Shea Moisture oil cleanser. When Target restocked, I ordered the Shea Moisture again and thought to use the Shea Moisture in the morning since I need to apply my daytime lotion afterwards and this one at night. Ha. That has stopped. Oh man is my skin not happy.

What to do now?

I am not sure. I have mixed feelings. Do I go back to using the Shea Moisture? Do I give my skin a break? I just hate having half used products, so I am probably going to try to use it all up, but one product at a time. Also, I miss that tingly feeling my old cleanser gave me. Though I know it may have been a lie to make me feel like it was doing something for me.

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