If you would have asked me what precleansing was a couple of months ago, I definitely would’ve answered with, “huh?” As of the last month or so though, it’s become a necessary step in my night time routine. It’s taken me a while to establish a skincare routine to begin with, and before I had one I would just scrub my makeup off at night with whatever makeup wipes I had lying around. This would often leave the sensitive skin around my eyes stinging and red, and it just wasn’t a good life choice. Then I started putting in more effort with my skincare routine (and by more effort, I mean an effort at all, haha) and found some products that work incredibly well to get my makeup off without hurting the skin around my eyes. Those products are the Dermalogica Precleanse products– the oil for at home and the wipes for travel.
Basically, you squeeze a little bit of the oil in your hands and very gently massage it into your dry skin to remove your makeup. This stuff literally melts the makeup off my face, it’s amazing. I’ve used many makeup removers over the years, and nothing has ever compared to how easily a precleanse oil takes off my makeup- most especially my eye makeup. It doesn’t hurt my eyes or the skin around my eyes whatsoever, and I tend to get all up in there with this oil. Once you’ve massaged that into your skin a bit, rinse your face with water (which will remove all the makeup that was loosened up by the precleanse oil) and then follow with your usual cleanser/toner/etc. I honestly have no trace of makeup left on my face by the time I get to my actual cleanser.
There is definitely a stigma around facial cleansing oils, particularly for people with oily skin- why would you add oil to your skin when you’re trying to cleanse it of the excess oil in the first place? The internets and skincare companies tell me that oil dissolves oil (as well as “sunscreen, waterproof makeup, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on the skin throughout the day”), so you’re pretty in the clear. Plus, if you’re still really concerned, both the oil and wipes are water soluble AND you’re following with your cleanser and toner right after, so there really isn’t any time for said precleanse oil to set up camp in your pores.
Overall, I am totally sold on the whole precleanse business. The Precleanse oil is my favorite of the two products, as I was able to use a bit more oil than I was getting from the wipes (which makes the whole process easier), but the wipes are totally fine for travel purposes. The travel wipes are $18 for 20 wipes, which is a bit pricey but will last quite a while, unless you travel a ton. The Dermalogica Precleanse oil is $38 for 5.1oz, which I think is a totally justifiable price, as the $10 1oz bottle I’ve been using is still going and I’ve been using it for almost a month now. I’ll definitely be repurchasing when this runs out!
Do you precleanse?