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Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil

I’ve never tried a cleansing oil before, but I had heard good things about them. Usually they are only available from more high end brands, so I was definitely interested when I learned about the Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil*. However, because this is targeted at dry skin, I wasn’t sure how it would work for my combination face. Still, given that it’s winter time, and the wind and cold are drying my skin out a bit more than usual, I thought it was a good time to test it out.
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My first impression of Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil was a good one. I’m not quite sure what the scent is, slightly fruity maybe, but I really like it– and it’s quite light so definitely not something I mind putting on my face, and should be okay even unless you are incredibly sensitive to those kinds of things.  I use two pumps of the cleansing oil on dry skin to cleanse my face and I do absolutely nothing before using it, it works perfectly even with a full face of makeup on.

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As you rub the cleansing oil into your skin, it breaks down your makeup. If you have incredibly stubborn eye makeup like mascara, you may have to go in afterwards as I did find I sometimes had trace amounts of eyeliner or mascara left, but the vast majority of my makeup is removed. I make sure to keep my eyes shut as I’m rubbing the Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil over them and I have no had any issues with irritation even when rinsing afterwards.

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The Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil is pretty runny, even though it’s mean for dry skin I don’t find it to be very heavy or thick. After its removed my makeup, I simply rinse off the oil with warm water. Unlike a lot of normal cleansers, I don’t find this leaves my skin feeling tight or squeaky clean, so if you like that feeling this product is probably not for you. I also prefer to use this before bed because of its ability to remove makeup and leave my skin feeling hydrated. You could use an additional cleansing step afterwards, and I sometimes do, which I recommend if you’re using a product targeted at dry skin on oily skin.

However, after using the cleansing oil I also often simply tone and moisturize. Adding in those steps to helps to remove any residual oil, and possibly because of that I haven’t found that the Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil makes me break out (…more than usual).

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One nice consequence of using a less drying product like a cleansing oil is that I find the areas of my face that can get quite dry in the winter, especially around my nose, are a little less so after using this instead of my traditional cleanser. Another benefit is that it cuts down on the number of steps I do since it also acts as a makeup remover, or if you do cleanse afterwards then this is the same number of steps as it removes most makeup I wear quite easily. One negative is that because it needs to be used on dry skin, you can’t use it in the shower.

Overall, Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil has definitely got me interested in cleansing oils. In particular if you have dry skin, I do recommend this product. If you’ve got a combination or oily skin type it might also work for you, especially if you cleanse afterwards, and it’s a nice, affordable drugstore alternative if you have wanted to try out a cleansing oil. I will definitely continue to use this and I’ll be curious to see how I feel about it and how it’s worked with my skin by the time I’m done the bottle!

Have you tried a cleansing oil before?

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