Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched
belif's Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched offers a moisturizing way for those with normal to dry skin to remove dirt and debris… with one caveat that keeps it from ranking among the best options when it comes to cleansers.
Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, and has, as advertised, a lightweight oil texture that becomes a somewhat milky liquid when mixed with water. It's easy to spread across skin and rinses without a residue, though it doesn't make skin feel dry or tight afterward.
This cleanser ably removes dirt, oil, and most makeup, though if you use waterproof or long-wearing formulas you may want a separate makeup remover to make sure all traces are gone.
Both oils included (macadamia and olive) are of the non-fragrant variety, which is always welcome. Along for the ride are a good mix of antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients including oat kernel extract and chamomile.
The only reason that this doesn't rate higher is that it contains fragrance, along with additional fragrance ingredients citronellol and limonene. They're not here in large amounts, but it would be better for your skin had they not been included, since they still have the potential to cause irritation, including to the eyes. That aside, this is still one of the better cleansing oil options available.
- Rinses cleanly.
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, and most makeup.
- Includes non-fragrant plant oils alongside skin-soothing ingredients.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
Owned by South Korean corporate giant LG (yes, the electronics company), belif is a natural skin care brand whose main selling point is the fusion of the sensibilities of Korean skin care – sheet masks and essences are featured prominently - with the philosophy of an old-fashioned European apothecary.
The result is an offering of skin care products that is best described as hit-or-miss. Most of them contain a mix of herbs based off “Napier’s Formula,” a blend of herbs concocted by Scottish apothecary Duncan Napier in the mid-19th century. Anecdotal stories tell of its miraculous effect on skin, though there’s no hard research showing this specific blend of ingredients is better than any other beneficial skin care ingredients.
There are some good products with a robust blend of antioxidants to be found, but most of belief’s lineup contains fragrance (or additional fragrance ingredients), and the brand usually packages its moisturizers in jars (which puts beneficial air- and light-sensitive skin care ingredients at risk because of exposure to both). Were it not for these two missteps, we’d be much more enthusiastic to recommend this brand as an option.
You can find out more about belif by visiting the brand’s website at https://www.belifusa.com/.
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