2013 was all about finding the right skincare routine for my combination-oily skin. I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: I hate having oily skin. I’d much rather deal with dry skin. That said, having combination skin isn’t an absolute hell hole if you know how to deal with it. That obviously took a lot of time and experimentation to figure out, but when it comes to the cleansing part of my skin care routine, I’m all about oil cleansers.
If you do a little research about the “oil cleansing method” online, you’ll find a lot of articles talking about natural oils (castor, almond, olive) and how to make a mixture of those to use as a cleanser (it will depend on your skin type because yes, all skin types can benefit from OCM). I personally can’t be bothered to go out and buy three or four different natural oils, so I use the Shu Uemura Fresh cleansing oil instead. I have nothing against going for natural products, but there’s a reason why one bottle of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil is sold every second. It’s also been the #1 cleansing oil since 1967. That’s the kind of product I’d bet my money on. And in a way, I actually have.
This is my first empty 450mL bottle of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil. It lasted me just about 9 months, which is pretty good. Funny how finishing a product makes you feel a little sense of accomplishment, especially when it’s a jumbo size of something! So I let myself feel that little bit of happiness before I realized I would have to shell out quite a bit of money for a new bottle. Lol.
Before I even bought this full-sized bottle, I did try some other cheaper options. The most readily available one locally would be the MUJI cleansing oil. That, for some reason, just didn’t jive well with my skin. It did not cause any reactions but I didn’t feel like it cleaned my skin as effectively as Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil (which I had a lot of samples of). MUJI’s version is much more affordable at around 400 Php per 200mL bottle, but I also seemed to need more of it to get it to work.
Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils come in many different variants and the 450mL bottle will set you back anywhere from 3000 – 5000 Php. You will always save money by buying the larger bottle. You will save even more money if you can buy a bottle at a Duty Free shop, hehe. I had a discount coupon so this particular bottle of the Fresh variant cost me 3,600 Php, and I was rewarded with this pretty limited edition design, which Shu released to celebrate 50 years of the cleansing oil being on the market. :)
Ok moving on to why I use this and why I thought it was absolutely worth repurchasing:
- It removes my makeup effectively — While Shu Uemura recommends 3-4 pumps per use, I tend to use 2 full pumps and that works well enough at removing everyday makeup. I does not work on waterproof mascara, but I don’t use that very often anyway. I should also mention that I will often use another cleanser (raw honey) after this. Just for extra moisture and a more thorough clean.
- It leaves my skin feeling balanced — the number one mistake people with combo/oily skin make is to strip their skin of oil to the point that it eventually goes into hyperdrive trying to compensate. That only means more oiliness, people. The goal should be to create a balance, and that’s why using good oil to remove and replace “bad oil” (i.e. dirt and excess sebum) makes a lot of sense.
- I trust Shu Uemura — I have Asian skin and Shu Uemura is an Asian brand. It’s also my first (brand) love when it comes to makeup. I love their aesthetic and I love their approach to beauty. I won’t deny it: I’m a little biased. But I promise I would never use something unless it really worked for me.
- It lasts ages — I’m sure I could have stretched out my first bottle to 10 months of use, but there was a time when I did use more that two pumps a day. I was figuring out what worked for me and that made me a little wasteful. But two pumps does the job very well and that means I definitely get my money’s worth with this product in the long run.
- The range is extensive — I use the Fresh variant because it’s meant for combo/oily skin. When I’m older (or if I fancy a bit of a change) there will be other variants to suit my needs/satisfy my whims. I’ve had a sample of the anti-oxi variant which I loved (an anti-pollution formula with Moringa extract in it) and the ultim8 Sublime variant looks absolutely luxe!
Here’s a close-up of the adorable limited edition design. The cleansing oil was originally called “Unmask” hence the… uhm mask. Hehe. I personally like that it’s now very simply called the Shu Uemura cleansing oil. :)
So there you have it! If you’re not yet familiar with how to use a cleansing oil, check out this video prepared by Shu Uemura. Whenever I watch it, all I can think of is how cool it would be to have a Shu Uemura towel. Hehe!