It’s the thing I blabber about most in my blog, with regards to skin care – how horribly, hopelessly oily my skin is. Dermatologists tell me that it’s a blessing for my skin won’t wrinkle for a long, long time, but it also needs to be controlled by religious skin care regimens, and frequent visits to them. Aww well. I’m also doomed to be always bringing with me a pack of oil control sheets and transluscent finishing mineral powder for retouches!
Okay, so what’s the fuss about the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil? For a few years, I could hear alot of my friends, beauty addicts or not, suddenly switch from their foam/gel cleansers to using oil for face cleansing. I found it strange, I even thought it was icky, because I’m a huge fan of feeling squeaky clean in every aspect of my body. In other words, I didn’t understand the hype AT ALL. I would even wonder why my friends would canvass better-priced Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils in HongKong, or other places, just to save and get them a huge bottle for themselves!
Anyway, from the recent Shu Uemura Store Launch, my good pal , the Swiper, demo-ed her holy grail cleansing oils to me and the Bug, and I told myself, alright, fine, I’ll try the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, and see what it’s all about, a little bit weary that the oil might make my skin breakout!
Well, as cleansing oils are good makeup removers, I first used them to remove my makeup, first and foremost. With Shu Uemura having alot of variants of cleansing oils, the Swiper recommended that I use the pink one, the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil – Fresh which is good, and light enough for oily skin. I applied a small amount on my face, and I started massaging my face in a circular, upward, outward motion. I felt the oil on my face, and I just tried to ignore it. Then, I opened the faucet and ran my hands through it to get my hands damp. Then, I massaged my face again and saw ( I was in front of the mirror ) that the oil on my face turned white. After that, I rinsed them all out, as I saw traces of makeup in the water. After that, I wiped my face, and tried to observe on how my skin would react with that one of a kind, first time oil cleansing that I just did.
What I noticed after using the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for washing my face was, my skin felt very very soft. I didn’t feel any trace of oil left on my face, thank God ( I really swear, because I would freak out! ). The oily feeling oily lasted when I first slathered the cleansing oil on my face. It ended when I started lathering it with water using my dampened hands. As the day progressed, my skin didn’t grease up, and I felt fresh and moisturized, but of course, it oiled up after sometime.
I was also able to use the other variants like the green Shu Uemura Beauty Oil Premium A/O , which is for anti-aging, as well as the yellow Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ,but they felt a bit heavier than the pink variant. The pink variant, in my opinion, is the most fragrant, as well as having the lightest feel on the face. I can only imagine how heavy the “enriched” variant would feel for my oily skin!
To sum up, I’m not afraid of oil anymore. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils are really, really good cleansers for the skin, that effectively remove all traces of makeup effortlessly, without the need of rubbing them off ( argh, wrinkles! ), and effectively cleans the face without stripping skin off their natural oils. They’re very very oily skin friendly, rest assured, as the girl who has an oil mine for her skin survived it in flying colors without breakouts and greasy skin! So, am I totally making the big switch? Well, I’m going to get me a bottle of this very very soon, but I still like using my gel cleansers here, so I’d be using this to remove makeup, and step number one in cleansing my face, to be followed by a gentle gel cleanser ( not too harsh, so as to offset the cleansing oil’s non drying effect ).
So, what variant of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil are you using?