Review: Will This Cleansing Oil Leave You With Soft, Nourished Skin?

Farewell, grime and shine?

Confession time: The last time I tried a cleansing oil, it broke me out and left an unpleasant, film-like texture on my sensitive skin. However, I decided to give cleansing oils a go again in the form of the Pai Skincare ‘Light Work’ Rosehip Cleansing Oil, as this product claims to be suitable even for those with rosacea and eczema-prone skin. Did this leave me with clean, soft and nourished skin? Find out in my review below. 

*The product was sent as a press gift. The views and opinions of the reviewer are independent and purely editorial.

First impressions, claims and packaging

Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil

The Pai Skincare 'Light Work' Rosehip Cleansing Oil.

The Pai Skincare Rosehip Cleansing Oil sports a sleek, glass bottle packaging, which beautifully showcases the amber-orange colour of its star ingredient: rosehip oil. It comes in two sizes: a 100ML version that will look right at home among your creams and facial rollers, and a 28ML travel-friendly version if you wish to pop one into your makeup purse. As its name suggests, this product is designed to help its user thoroughly — yet gently — remove makeup (waterproof mascara included!) and grime, all while balancing and softening the skin. 

Amber-orange colour texture of Pai Skincare Cleansing Oil

The cleansing oil's amber-orange colour comes from its ingredients, such as rosehip oil.

This product is formulated for sensitive skin and eyes and claims to work on all skin types — even those with rosacea or eczema-prone skin. It’s also certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free. As mentioned, this product contains rosehip oil, which has multiple skincare benefits such as calming inflammation, increasing collagen production and more. It also contains other essential oils such as geranium oil, orange oil and jasmine oil, hence it has a distinct citrusy scent. 

Usage and application

Lightweight oil texture of Pai Skincare Cleansing Oil

Melt away makeup by massaging the cleansing oil onto dry skin.

Although the product claims to work on sensitive skin, I went ahead and conducted a patch test anyway to confirm that the product was suitable for my skin. (Remember, everyone’s skin is unique!) Fortunately, all was good, hence this quickly became the first cleansing step in my evening skincare routine.

On my #stayhome, bare-faced days, I dispense one pump of this product onto my palm and add a few drops of water to create a light milk texture before applying it all over my dry face. Then, I rinse my face with water before proceeding with my exfoliant, serum and moisturiser.

I’m used to gel-based cleansers, so it took me a while to get accustomed to the oil’s texture. Still, the product felt pretty lightweight and comfortable on my skin and I appreciated how my face felt cleaner and softer after every use. I also quickly became a fan of its refreshing, citrusy scent. 

On days where I’ve worn makeup, I use two to three pumps of this product and apply it onto my palm before massaging this into my face. I introduce a little more water every time I cleanse my face to emulsify the product and was impressed by how it didn’t sting or irritate my eyes at all.

Final thoughts

Pai Skincare Cleansing oil packaging and product

The Pai Skincare 'Light Work' Rosehip Cleansing Oil does a thorough job of soothing and cleansing my sensitive skin. 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using Pai Skincare ‘Light Work’ Rosehip Cleansing Oil and would definitely recommend this to my family and friends. It’s helped to soothe my sensitive skin and does a thorough job of removing makeup from the skin without causing any irritation. 

For those of you who prefer a quick rinse and repeat skincare routine, do note that removing your makeup with a cleansing oil will take a little longer than usual. You’re required to introduce water in small amounts for the product to work its magic and allow the oil and grime to melt away from your skin. However, the results are worth it; the product helps to effectively cleanse your face and prepare it better for the next steps in your skincare routine. 

As for its price point, the product retails at USD49 for 100ML, which is a little higher than drugstore oil cleansers, but still affordable compared to luxury beauty oil cleansers which can easily be priced from USD60. Looking to give the Pai Skincare ‘Light Work’ Rosehip Cleansing Oil a go? Find it on Net-A-Porter here. 

Prefer a clay-based cleanser instead? Click here to check out our review of the Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Deep Pore Cleanser.

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