An Oil for Oily Skin? 


As someone who’s struggled with annoyingly oily skin since I was 14, I feel like I’ve spent most of my teenage years trying my utmost to avoid anything with the word ‘oil’ in it…

I’ve always made sure to check that every beauty product I own is ‘oil-free’ and even went through a phase of using only mineral makeup. So when I kept reading various skincare experts’ promises that in fact, the way to beat oily skin, is to add more oil, I must admit, I was very sceptical. But what true beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t at least give it a go, you know for ‘research purposes’?

In the end, I plumped for a bottle of Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop. At only £10, it wouldn’t matter too much if I hated it, and the reviews on (my mecca for making shopping decisions) were all extremely positive!


Now the way to get the most out of an oil, is to use the ‘Double Cleansing Method‘. To remove makeup and other bits of dirt and grime which clog up the pores during the day, take a blob of oil between your fingers, rub them together to warm it up, and then gently massage it all over your face. After a couple of minutes, either wash it off, or I recommend taking a muslin cloth and using that to really dig deep into those pores. After that first stage of cleansing is complete, you’re now free to use your standard cleanser, toner, moisturiser (or whatever your normal routine is). Supposedly this is the utlimate way to achieve a truly clean, glowing complexion. Plus, an oil cleanser will hydrate dry skin and will work to actually reduce the oil your skin produces in us oily girls.

What’s my verdict then?

The first thing I noticed was how incredibly smooth and gentle this feels. There’s no overpowering scent and it doesn’t give you that tight, stingy sensation which you tend to get from other makeup removers. It also honestly removes all makeup. I mean everything, from waterproof mascara to really stubborn foundation. I’ve also been using it for a couple of weeks and have genuinely noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin. It feels softer, but at the same time less shiny. And despite the fact I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, I really notice a hint of a glow!

Oh my gosh… I’ve been converted!

So there we have it oily ladies. If you hate your shiny skin, definitely give this “double cleansing method” a go, and I would certainly recommend trying out this Body Shop offering. What are your tips for dealing with oily skin? Have you ever tried an oil-based cleanser? What were the results?

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Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx


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33 thoughts on “An Oil for Oily Skin? 

  1. Oh my gosh this is literally my story this month as well. I’ve always had oily skin and steered away from any oils at all. I brought the una Brennan cleansing oil a few months ago after hearing that oil is the way forward. I used it once and a few spots appeared (it may or may not of been the oil) but I didn’t use it for another two months. Until the other week and now about two weeks later my skin is so much softer and clearer.

    Such a game changer, am completely converted to oils.

    Fi |

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  2. I’ve never tried an oil-based cleanser because I have combination skin and then this product comes out and the world around me goes crazy about it! With so many people who have oily and combination skin loving it I think I need to give a try too! “You know for ‘research purposes’ ” haha 🙂 I like to exfoliate my skin as it really helps me controlling the oils! Xx

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    1. Haha you definitely need to give it a go! The fact it’s so cheap as well compared to many others out there is great. I also make sure to exfoliate once or twice a week and then use a clay mask. I find those really help. Thanks for reading hun! Xxx


  3. Double cleansing is so good for all skin types 🙂 Works wonders on my dry skin as well.
    I have been eyeing this body shop oil, will certainly try it after reading this 🙂
    xxx Anne

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      1. Really good tip: QVC have AMAZING deals on loads Liz Earle skincare stuff. Check it out xxx


  4. I’ve just recently bought this cleanser so I’ve only used it a few times but I have to agree with you – I am in love! Such an improvement to my skin and a real pleasure to use.

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