Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review:
Curious about other cleansing oils, when a friend brought this up last year, I was surprised, considering Simple isn’t an Asian brand. But looking at the relatively clean and minimal ingredients list, it left me very intrigued. So when I caught it on sale at a local pharmacy/drugstore, I gave in almost immediately. Read on to see how a British cleansing oil fares in terms of makeup removal!
+ At Simple we think feel good skin should always be a top beauty priority – that’s why we love our Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil!
+ This nourishing face oil is made with 100% Grape Seed Oil and enriched with Vitamins A & E; the formulation helps to dissolve impurities and remove make-up, leaving your skin clean and instantly hydrated.
+ It’s an ideal cleanser for dry skin, but because it doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or greasy it’s also great for oily complexions too.
+ As with all Simple products, the Hydrating Cleansing Oil contains no artificial perfumes or colors and no harsh chemicals, so it won’t upset your skin.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Phenoxythenaol, BHT, Helianthus Anuus Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil: Contains a high proportion of linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid essential for skin health. Also rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, and works as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Helianthus Anuus Seed Oil: Also known as sunflower seed oil. Primarily consists of fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acids, and has the ability to aid in replenishing and soothing the skin.
Retinyl Palmitate: Is the combination of retinol (vitamin A) and palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid and a major component of palm oil. Works as an antioxidant, and has the ability to penetrate the outer layers of the skin to repair the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside.
Tocopheryl Acetate: Made up of a combination of the ester acetic acid and tocopherol, and is often used in replacement of pure tocopherol as it is said to be more stable and less acidic. A form of vitamin E and is known as an antioxidant, anti-aging agent and anti-inflammatory. Also capable of enhancing the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients and reducing transepidermal water loss.
How to use:
1. Apply 2-3 drops on dry hands.
2. Massage gently over your face, working over the eyes and lips too.
3. Add a little water to your skin to transform the oil into a milky-smooth texture, massage, and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review:
Housed in a slim transparent bottle with a flip top cap, the product is definitely easy to carry around and might actually be travel friendly – might because I’ve never tried travelling with it, haha. Moreover, due to the bottle’s transparent nature, it’s easy to see the product level remaining in the bottle, which is always a good thing in my books.
In terms of the cleansing oil itself, it shows off a light greenish-yellow tint in the bottle, but on the skin, it appears colorless. It has a thin and runny texture, and does feel greasy when spread on the skin. Thankfully, after rinsing it off, the greasy feeling does go away completely and in addition, I don’t notice any residue or film left on my skin at all.
Scent-wise, it does give off an obvious plant oil scent which is moderately strong. However, as it doesn’t smell artificial at all (no fragrance listed in the ingredients, yes!), it doesn’t smell cloying at all and in time, I got used to the scent. But YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
Looking at the product’s cleansing abilities, from the swatches, you can obviously see that it does clean/remove basic non-waterproof makeup well, with the exception of The Saem’s Saemmul Real Tint. It struggles with the Rimmel Provocalips and as expected, the Heroine Make Kiss Me Mascara which are both waterproof, long-lasting products.
Overall, not bad, but obviously not the best – especially if you’re the type to use cleansing oil to clean off all your makeup, including eye and lip stuff.
However, I can see this being a great sensitive-skin friendly cleansing oil for those skipping makeup completely in their daily routine as I do think it’s strong enough to remove sunscreen and daily grime such as sweat, sebum and pollutants.
On another note, I also realized that when I was purely using this cleansing oil as my main first cleanser, my skin became less oily over time. As I have combination skin (dry forehead, oily in my butterfly area – ie. nose and inner cheeks), I noticed how those areas in particular seemed to secrete less oil.As for my forehead area, I noticed no changes, either good or bad.
Now, here’s what’s interesting: I was actually intrigued after hearing about this cleanser because at the time, my friend and I were discussing oils rich in linoleic acid and oleic acid. Based on some quick googling, we found that both grapeseed oil and sunflower oil are rich in linoleic acid, which is great (theoretically) to balance out oily, acne-prone skin types which lack linoleic acid. Hence, I was quite surprised yet pleased to find that the theory might ring true after all.
However, I must say that while it did benefit my skin in the long run in terms of oil control abilities, I did notice my skin becoming a bit drier than I liked. Coupled with the fact that I had other cleansing oils with better makeup removal abilities, I inevitably ended up forgetting about this cleansing oil after awhile.
Overall, the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil is a decent product and a safe choice for sensitive skin folks due to its minimal ingredients list. Personally, I’d rate it a good 4/5. It works best if you use it in conjunction with an eye & lip makeup remover, but if you’re not the type to use much makeup anyway, this is definitely something to try out.
I wish it was cheaper, though, as the price/volume ratio (at least in my local drugstore) is a bit too high for my liking. But as always, this is just my opinion.
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