What is hydrophilic oil and where did it come from?

In previous articles, we have already written about other Korean beauty novelties (read the article «What is Cushion» and others), and now let’s take a closer look at hydrophilic oil and find out why this product is an effective cleansing and caring agent.

So, hydrophilic oil — skin cleanser, consisting of natural oils and emulsifiers (polysorbate), which turns into a light milk in contact with water. The composition of the product lies in its name, where «hydro» — water and «fill» — dissolve. Therefore, a hydrophilic oil is an oil that dissolves in water. Thanks to polysorbate, the oily formula, when combined with water, turns into a creamy one and effectively cleanses the skin of cosmetics and dirt. It is this process of transformation of the components of the product that allows it to penetrate the epidermis, dissolving dirt, dust and the remains of cosmetics. Ingredients that specialize in solving certain problems are often added to the composition of the product: anti-age effect, nutrition, hydration, restoration, etc.

It is thanks to this rich natural composition that hydrophilic oil is a universal cleansing product that is suitable for any skin type. In addition, real hydrophilic oil is hypoallergenic, and therefore suitable even for allergy sufferers with sensitive skin. The oil is suitable even for owners of oily, combination skin, it can be used safely because it does not increase the production of skin sebum and cleanses the pores of the face well.

The product is economical and does not require the use of a large amount of product: just a couple of drops are enough to cleanse your face.

The oil can be used as needed every day or depending on the needs of the skin. In any case, it is unlikely to become an extra jar on the bathroom shelf.

What is hydrophilic oil for?

Many consider hydrophilic oil to be just an analogue of milk or micellar water, but this is not entirely true because hydrophilic oil has a wider range of properties. The initial function of hydrophilic oil is to break down and remove the rest of cosmetics, as well as accumulated impurities on the skin of the face. It perfectly copes with both tonal means, and with mascara, eyeliner (but except for waterproof products). But that’s not all! Hydrophilic oil perfectly tones the skin, restores the hydro-lipid balance, and may have an anti-aging effect.

There are oils not only for the face, but also for the body, hair, scalp and even eyelashes and eyebrows. It is perfect as a moisturizing and nourishing agent that accelerates hair growth and takes care of their fine structure.

Terms of use

Hydrophilic oil is absolutely simple to use and does not require special skills. However, some points are still worth considering.

  1. Not all hydrophilic oils are suitable for lip and eye make-up removal, so read the label carefully before buying a product.
  2. Choose a product based on your skin type. The right product will work well with your skin.
  3. The correct application technique is to apply the product to a dry face with dry hands, then wet your hands and massage your face until the product becomes like an emulsion in consistency.
  4. Then you can wash off the product with warm (!) Water.
  5. In most cases, after oil cleansing, the second stage is assumed: washing with a foaming agent. Repeated cleansing of the skin will help eliminate residual oil and complete the procedure correctly. Use a gel or cleansing foam for this. The exception is two-phase oils, in which the second phase itself acts as a neutralizer of the first.

Life hack: we advise you to store hydrophilic oil in the refrigerator. The cold will thicken the oil and make it much more comfortable to apply.

Can natural oils be used instead of hydrophilic ones?

The fact is that they are not at all suitable for cleansing the skin. They are not effective for removing make-up because they do not dissolve makeup. In addition, they penetrate very deeply into the skin and immerse all the accumulated impurities inside. Washing off natural oil with water is very difficult, for this you need to use an additional cleanser. Conclusion: natural oil and hydrophilic are not the same thing.

Our favorites

Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Perfect

This oil is a real hit in Korean cosmetics. A few years ago, Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Perfect won the Allure Korea Beauty Awards for Best Cleansing Oil. The effective formula of this product perfectly cleanses the face of makeup, tightens pores, eliminates inflammation, while not drying the skin. Perfectly copes with persistent make-up of the face, lips and eyes. Suitable for different skin types. It is available in several versions: moisturizing for dry skin, refreshing with tea tree oil for oily skin, and light Calm for skin prone to breakouts. One of the advantages of the product is the absence of mineral oil in the composition, which causes inflammation.

Dr.Belter Stimula Nobless Cleansing Oil

Gentle cleansing and toning hydrophilic oil from Dr.Belter gently cares for sensitive skin, nourishing and moisturizing it.

The product contains sweet almond oil, which reduces skin irritation, eliminates red spots and evens out the tone of the face, helps to remove dark circles under the eyes and remove signs of fatigue and stress. Effectively eliminates allergic reactions and soothes the skin.

Jojoba oil in combination with vitamin E instantly nourishes and saturates the skin with the necessary natural elements. Effectively copes with visible imperfections on the face, cares for aging skin and reduces flabbiness. The skin becomes more toned and has a healthy radiant appearance.

Cleansing Oil optimally redistributes the moisture supply of the epidermis at the cellular level and restores hydrobalance. Helps to improve the elasticity and firmness of the skin. Cleanses the dermis, softens and relaxes.

Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil

Innisfree’s Apple Juicy series of cosmetics based on organic apple extract and the innovative Green Complex (ECOCERT certified and consists of five natural ingredients: green tea, grapes, tangerine, prickly pear and water from the volcanic springs of Jeju Island (Jeju) is This hydrophilic oil gently cleanses the skin of everyday impurities and all types of complex make-up Deeply cleanses the pores of excess sebum Gives a feeling of lightness and freshness Does not leave an oily film and oily sheen on the surface of the skin Fills the skin with tonic, fresh apple aroma.

Lavender water in Apple Juicy has anti-aging and balancing properties, perfectly cleanses, nourishes, soothes and moisturizes the skin, improves microcirculation, relieves irritation, protects against ultraviolet radiation.

Hydrophilic oil with hyaluronic acid Hada Labo Gokujyun Cleansing Oil

This is not just a hydrophilic oil, but an oil with hyaluronic acid, which actively influences the aging process, rejuvenates and gives the skin a blooming look. Oil dissolves fat and dirt, does not clog pores, phospholipids are involved in the construction of cell membranes, improve metabolic processes, carotenoids and sterols soothe, soften, accelerate regeneration, promote the synthesis of collagen fibers, vitamins A, E and D renew, brighten, slow down the appearance of wrinkles, thin lines.

Jojoba oil prevents dryness and flaking, eliminates pimples and blackheads, prevents the appearance of new rashes, improves color. 3D hyaluronic acid is a mix of different molecular weights that works in all layers of the skin, providing intense hydration. Hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate forms a breathable film on the surface of the skin that limits evaporation and drying.



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