The humid weather in the Philippines is the perfect breeding ground for oily t-zones and blocked pores. The sweat and sebum we generate while wearing makeup is no joke, so we try to wash them off with soap or alcohol-based cleansers because we feel cleaner that way. But did you know that normal makeup removers can strip your face of moisture?
The truth is, soap-based makeup removers are quite drying while cream removers are too heavy ang may clog your pores more (because the skin tends to absorb it). That's why cleansing oils may be the best option for Pinay skin because they're gentle while removing makeup, oil, and dirt mercilessly. It may sound counterintuitive that you're trying to clean your skin using oil when you should be avoiding it, but believe me, it works better that way!
For that purpose, one of the best, if not The Best out there is the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. Google it, I'll wait.
Ok satisfied? :D Shu Uemura's CO is an old cult favorite for a reason. I've tried a few cleansing oils before - waaay cheaper ones - and found that they work really well for the price, but there are a few things that makes Shu Uemura worth the dough if you can spare it. Let me count the ways!
Patrick Alcober, Shu Uemura's top makeup artist, explains the magic of milk
- It emulsifies into a nice, milky texture that you can wash off easily with absolutely no residue on your skin. Cheaper cleansing oils may feel like they leave a film on your face, so you use another cleanser to wash it off. Not with Shu Uemura! Skin is left feeling clean, soft, and moisturized after you wash it off.
- It has skin benefits like anti-aging, brightening, moisturizing, purifying, etc. so it's more than just makeup remover - it's technically skincare. There are six variants for different skin types and concerns.
- Melts off makeup quickly and effortlessly. I really love that the makeup dissolves instead of getting smeared all over your face as you massage the oil!
Demo on my hand. He placed a heavy layer of foundation and lipstick on my skin.
Gentle rubbing ensued
And voila, it's gone! The skin there looked brighter and healthier than my other hand.
So yeah, great stuff. Shu Uemura gave me travel-sized versions of their CO, but since I'm still in the process of testing each of them, I still haven't picked a favorite. I'll let you know when I do! I hope to write a more detailed review including long-term results. Currently though I'm partial to the Skin Purifier (pink) CO.
Now, a big bottle can cost as much as P5,000+ so it's something to think about. But if you've already decided, you can actually get 15% off when you switch to Shu! Simply hand over your old facial wash or makeup remover and you'll get the discount. Easy peasy.
Tried a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil before? How was it?