Lets look at three points on No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, €14.25. It’s cheap – and cheaper if you use one of those always-out €7.50 vouchers. It’s really, really effective – I use this to take off my base as well as mascara. Its main ingredient is mineral oil.
DUN DUN DUN. Mineral oil, the great divider.
But, look, lads, it’s totally grand. Lots of the chatter about it being the liquid devil are in reference to the non-cosmetic grade stuff. The kind here, that goes into skin care, is just a really basic, unscented moisturiser. It’s in this, it’s in Shu Uemura’s oil cleansers, and just about every other emollient on the market. It’s not fancy, but it’s not harmful.
The issue most have with mineral oil is that it might clog pores. In the case of the No7 Cleansing Oil, you’re supposed to follow up with a proper cleanser. It’s a pre-cleanse, designed to rinse off makeup, so shouldn’t really sit on your face long enough to do any clogging.
I think going to bed with traces of the day’s makeup is more of a pore clogging move, and this gets rid of slap with gusto. I rub two pumps on dry skin and then add splashes of warm water until my face is makeup free.
From the big shelf of cleansers I have, there’s nothing I reach for more. It makes such quick work of makeup, and is really gentle when my skin is reactive or feeling dry. There’s a 3-for-2 offer on at Boots right now, and I’ll be stocking up before this runs out.