It may seem counterintuitive, but the term “oil cleansers” is not an oxymoron. Since oils attract other oils, oil cleansers work to gently but thoroughly soak up the oils in your makeup and skin care products when it's time to wash everything off. The best oil cleansers are all lightweight and noncomedogenic (that means they wont clog your pores), but choosing the right one for you will largely come down to your skin type (more on that ahead).
To get the most out of your oil cleanser, use it as the first step in the double-cleansing process, which should look a little something like this: Massage your oil cleanser gently into dry skin, wipe everything away with a cotton pad, muslin cloth, or clean wash towel, and marvel in that strange satisfaction of seeing how much product you just sloughed off your face. With your skin clear of top-level grime like makeup, sunscreen, excess sebum, and environmental pollutants, your second cleanser can more effectively do its job of cleaning out your pores. Follow your cleansing oil with a great, water-based cleanser, like a gel or foam.
Also, something a lot of people don't know: Oil cleansers are equally effective for cleaning the rest of your body, especially if you find that most soaps and shower gels tend to dry out your skin. And ahead, you'll find a great choice that was designed specifically for use on your body.