Hydrating Cleansing Oil
Simple's Hydrating Cleansing Oil isn't a knock-your-socks off product when it comes to ingredients, but it does what it claims and does it well, which is why we consider it a top-tier cleansing oil for normal to dry, temperamental skin.
Housed in a plastic bottle with a flip-top cap, this fragrance-free cleanser is about as simple (the brand name is accurate!) as it gets when it comes to ingredients. This is mostly grapeseed oil combined with an emollient, a preservative, and a couple of antioxidants.
To use Hydrating Cleansing Oil, spread it across your face while skin is dry, then rinse it off with water. The formula does an effective job of removing dirt, oil, and makeup (even waterproof makeup), while rinsing cleanly without drying out skin.
While Hydrating Cleansing Oil might not be the most advanced cleanser available, it is a worthwhile option for temperamental, dry skin that's easily aggravated, especially since it's one of the few fragrance-free cleansing oils on the market!
- Gentle and effective cleansing.
- Rinses cleanly without drying out skin.
- Easily removes makeup.
- Fragrance free.
Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well... simple! Back then and presently, the brand's claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.
For the most part, we're happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.
Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn't go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you're operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That's one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency; what's been done to date has us encouraged.
For more information about Simple (owned by Uniliver) products visit www.simpleskincare.com. Because Simple products are sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required on imported cosmetics, we do not consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.
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