I have been using cleansing oils for over a year now. I am totally in love with how soft they make my skin. My love runs so deep that sometimes I forget there are other people who have no idea what a cleansing oil is or what precleansing is. Say what?? Let me explain.

precleansing with dermalogicapress samples, affiliate links

Precleansing products are added into your skincare routine before your regular cleanser. They are typically oil based and are designed to dissolve your makeup and SPF before you cleanse to remove the dirt and grime. Once the surface layer is removed, it’s easier for a cleanser to get in there and do the job of cleaning deeper and preventing breakouts.

I have been using the Precleanse set by Dermalogica recently, and I’m loving the results! The Precleanse Oil-Busting Emulsifier melts away layers of excess sebum, sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build-up on skin throughout the day with skin fortifying Olive, Kukui, and Apricot oils. I apply it to my dry skin, and after rubbing it in and adding water, the cleansing begins. This formula is a pro at removing waterproof eye makeup too! 

If you’d rather use a wipe, you can use the Precleanse Wipes. They are biodegradable and work much the same way as the liquid formula. You can add water to create the emulsion. You have to keep the package firmly sealed. These are not to be confused with makeup wipes, as you DO need water to make them work. 

dermalogica precleanse setOf the two, my favorite is the liquid version. I have a mini, but the regular size is 5.1 oz (aka HUGE) and at $38 the price is very comparable to other similar products.

I love love LOVE the concept of precleansing. When I am not wearing makeup, I often stop at the precleansing step. If I have a full face of makeup on, I follow up with another cleanser like this one from Murad. 

Have you tried a precleanser before? I’m curious what others are saying about Dermalogica! I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them so far! 


16 Comments on Precleansing

  1. Cindy Ingalls
    May 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite cleansing oil is from Julep. I always have a back up ready.

  2. Anastasia
    May 20, 2015 at 7:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I really liked this oil! I might even purchase it in the future.

  3. Never Say Die Beauty
    May 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a precleanse cleansing oil from Coui that I love. Just like you, if I’m not wearing makeup, I just use the cleansing oil or if my skin is feeling irritated, I’ll use micellar water followed by cleansing oil

  4. Jess Scull
    May 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t have a favorite, but I definitely need to give this one a try!

  5. Heather
    May 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I used these products too they are such a great idea. I used my set up completely hehe

  6. MarciaF
    May 20, 2015 at 10:33 pm (2 years ago)

    This was the first Precleanse product I ever used. I like it but the fragrance is stronger than I prefer.

  7. Nidia - Lit From Within
    May 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t really tend to precleanse..sometimes, I’ll use a makeup removing wipe, but I don’t tend to cleanse again afterwards, unless I don’t feel like it did the job. I just rinse with water. I would do a two-step if I was wearing heavier makeup, though.

  8. Kath Thefabzilla
    May 21, 2015 at 1:00 am (2 years ago)

    I love this duo. I pre-cleanse, double and triple, haha!

  9. Phyrra
    May 21, 2015 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    I need to try a precleanse!

  10. Mai
    May 21, 2015 at 3:06 am (2 years ago)

    I really like using DHC’s Cleansing Oil. Having acne prone skin means I gotta be super diligent about removing all of my makeup before washing my face!

  11. Meg O.
    May 21, 2015 at 8:02 am (2 years ago)

    I guess I precleanse with pure coconut oil, but I am interested in trying something new!~ The dermalogica stuff looks great!

  12. Leelo R
    May 21, 2015 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    I have to try these products!

  13. BeautyJudy
    May 21, 2015 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love the sound of those wipes, this routine sounds refreshing.

  14. Honeygirlk
    May 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I think all wipes should be labeled pre-cleanse, because it should never replace cleansing. I haven’t tried these but as much as I love Dermalogica, I have to be selective in what I use because my skin is so sensitive.


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