DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: Review

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I don't know about you, but as I get older, my skin gets fussier. I don't have the acne I used to (thank goodness), but I deal with dry patches, oiliness on the nose, largish pores in the T zone, and looking a little congested if my skin gets too annoyed with me. There's also the whole ant-aging thing. (Aren't the 30s fun?) So I'm wary of the harsher chemicals in the foaming cleansers I used when I was younger. I look for cleansers that eliminate every bit of makeup—I wear a full face pretty much every day—but do so gently.

That's why cleansing oils and lotions are so appealing—they break down makeup while leaving valuable moisture in my skin. Some work just as a pre-cleanse, which is fine—they get rid of most makeup, but you still generally need to do a gentle second cleanse to make sure your face is absolutely clean. 

DHC, a Japanese brand I was introduced to recently, makes a deep cleansing oil, and its abilities have surprised me. It's olive-oil-based, so I expected it to work only as a pre-cleanse, but it actually removes all traces of my makeup! It passes the micellar water test—if I run a cotton pad soaked in micellar water over my face after cleansing and it comes back clean, I'm golden. 

Here's what you do:

  • Dispense a pump or two (the pumps are generous) onto dry hands and work it onto your dry face. I suggest starting with a remover for eye makeup because I prefer not to work the oil into my eye area, but this is optional.
  • Add a bit of water as you work it into the skin, and the oil turns into a milky emulsion with sweet cleansing power.
  • Rinse off. I suggest a face cloth for good measure, but I've been lazy and just rinsed thoroughly with water before. To my surprise, my face is still completely clean afterward!

There is no noticeable scent, which I appreciate, and my skin has responded favourably so far. Win!

The verdict: Give this a try if your skin isn't too oily! It works.

Rating: Four stars out of five. 

Available: If you're  a Canadian beauty like moi, you can buy it on their Amazon.ca store or at T&T for $33. If you're in the U.S., try their website

Have you tried cleansing oils? What did you think?

This product was provided by PR for my consideration.