Cleansing oils are the latest in skincare. Here's what I thought when I took the Rubifresh Cleansing Oil for a spin...
Packaging: I trialed Rubifresh in the little sample pack some of our bb members also received in their July box. A clear little bottle with a pump dispenser and lid is not only perfect for travel but also helps to pump out the exact right amount of product. It’s also sanitary – no oil carrying fingers dipping into pots of product.
Texture/feel: Being a cleansing oil, you’d certainly expect the consistency to be like an oil. And bingo it is! Now, if you are new to cleansing or beauty oils, the texture will probably freak you out a little. But no, it’s certainly not the same as the oil you use to cook with. Packed with beneficial nourishing components, beauty oils have been specifically designed for your skin. So don’t stress! Also, you’ll only really need a little, so don’t pump out too much – a 5c sized piece should be enough.
Cleansing oils like Rubifresh are hydrophilic – making them easily dissolvable. In other words, they shouldn’t leave anything else behind. Rather, they remove all traces of makeup and impurities in the skin, and replace excess oil, or too much sebum in the skin with the nourishing properties of its own oil instead. It makes sense when you think about it. Water and oil repel, but oil attracts oil – in other words, the oil in the cleanser will help to attract the nasty oils hanging around on your dermis. Definitely a plus!
Use: To use, pump out a small amount and rub between damp hands. Then massage into damp skin. I would recommend avoiding eyes (just like you would with your normal cleanser) purely because oil feels really gross in your peepers, in my opinion. I avoid even the smallest amount of oily eye makeup removing product like I did swine flu circa 2009 because I just can’t handle it. Annoying, because oil is great at getting rid of waterproof mascara, but alas I just cannot do it.
The oil takes a little working into skin, and the sensation will be particularly foreign if you are used to a foaming cleanser. But the luxe feel of the oil on my face certainly encouraged me to massage it in with my fingertips and concentrate on cleansing my entire face, rather than rushing to simply soap up and splash water over my t-zone like normal.
After rinsing, you will feel like there is some oil still on the skin, and this is normal. It’s keeping your face hydrated and nourished (one of the top reasons I shave with a body oil - my legs don’t go dry!) so don’t stress and try to scrub your skin. It’s all normal.
Verdict: I was a little nervous of oil-based cleansers when I first heard about their existence, especially as an oily skinned lass. However, the dubious feelings I had dissipated once I tried one for myself. The Rubifresh cleanser is no exception. I will probably continue to use this two or three times a week, at night to help remove my makeup. I love the dewy feeling it leaves skin with – the perfect starter base for nourishing night creams and a sweet nights sleep for skin – also ideal for combating dry winter skin.
I think it’ll also come in handy to purge my face of excess oils and sunscreen on my latest holiday (particularly with a double-cleanse). Try it for yourself!
Have you tried a cleansing oil? What did you think? - Lauren