Clean skin is the first step toward healthy skin, I think we can all agree to that. But soap and water just doesn’t cut it if beautiful, radiant skin is your goal!

And a common misconception with cleansers and makeup removers is that you have to use a formula that lathers up and leaves your skin that ‘squeaky’ clean. Personally, that never felt right to me: Running my fingers across my face and feeling tight, dry skin after I cleansed made me think this wasn’t the way skin should feel.

Though it may seem strange to use oil on your face, I’ve always been an advocate for makeup remover oils. Using an oil-based cleanser makes for a much more gentle process when removing your making and cleansing your skin. And when it comes to cleansing oils, it simply does not get better than Shu Uemura.

I’d always been frustrated with makeup removers because they either irritated my eyes or they made my lashes fall out because the formulas were so harsh and not suited for such a sensitive area. I discovered the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil a few years ago after reading rave reviews, and I’ve advocated for cleansing oils ever since!

Recently I had a chance to try a brand new addition to the Shu Uemura cleansing oil family: The Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil. If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser that’s going to make a change in your skin’s appearance, this is it.

The Anti-Oxi cleanser is unlike any other I’ve ever used: It dispenses as an oil, but when you apply to your face and work it into your skin, it turns into a light, creamy lather. And you don’t need much at all to get a deep clean; I usually use just one or two pumps for my entire face. If I’m removing eye makeup as well, I’ll add just one more pump and it’ll do the job! I love that this is an all-purpose makeup remover and cleanser— and it’s important to me that my cleanser acts as somewhat of a treatment. A cleanser shouldn’t just take your makeup off, it should have an active part in making your skin better each time you use it. And that’s why I love the Shu Uemura Anti-Oxi cleansing oil, because it’s whole purpose is to remove pollutants in your skin.

Since using the cleansing oil, I’ve enjoyed softer and brighter skin, and my skin just feels better. When you’re using a product that takes the bad stuff out and leaves the good stuff in, you’re going to feel like a million bucks! That’s my main issue with many cleansers: They just strip everything away. But the Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil leaves the perfect balance.

Check out the Anti-Oxi cleansing oil and other varieties of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil here! And here’s a treat: To get 10% off your order, enter discount code SHUMAVEN when you check out.





  1. Ebony Jay
    September 11, 2013 at 11:04 am (1 year ago)

    I have been wanting to try cleansing oils for a long time and I think this is the one (: great post!

  2. KK
    September 11, 2013 at 11:22 am (1 year ago)

    Hi, this post is great but do you have any further skincare tips as I am new to viewing your blog and there isn’t much under the skincare tab?

    • Teni Panosian
      September 11, 2013 at 11:29 am (1 year ago)

      that’s my fault– I reorganized my blog and still need to categorize my posts accordingly!! Check back tomorrow, I’ll have this done.

      • Kk
        September 14, 2013 at 8:42 am (1 year ago)

        Thanks for responding so promptly! Just thought I’d also share that your youtube video with laura mercier primer and origins mascara was greatly appreciated. I tried them both and they’re lovely. I’ve got a major wish list now!

        Looking forward to more posts x

        • Teni Panosian
          September 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm (1 year ago)

          Oh good, I’m glad you liked them!! Those are two of my favorite products :)

  3. Kristin
    September 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm (1 year ago)

    I agree about the oils – have been using them for the past year or so. I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks!

  4. Linda
    September 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Teni, you sould try the DHC oil cleanser, it’s made with olive whereas the Shu Uemura’s main ingredient is mineral oil which is pretty bad for the skin actually (it clogs pores, accelerates drying, and can even cause cancer on a long term basis…) Plus, it is a very cheap ingredient so it doesnt justify the price of the Shu Uemura. Anw, just so that you know :)

    • Teni Panosian
      September 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm (1 year ago)

      you know, I’ve never heard of DHC but the reviews are great! I will have to give it a try, thanks for the rec. :)

  5. Bri
    September 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Teni,

    This is unrelated but I have been wanting to ask since I started watching your videos about your teeth! I am starting to investigate getting my teeth professionally whitened and wondered if you have any advice? Yours are amazing!

    • Teni Panosian
      September 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm (1 year ago)

      I hope you’ll wait a bit– I’m putting up a teeth whitening video soon, and it’s very inexpensive! It’s something I used to do in college so I will share in a video in the next couple of weeks!

  6. Céline
    September 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Teni,

    I’m using the new (I mean new here,in Belgium) camomile silky cleansing oil by The Body Shop, and it’s very nice! Did you tried it already?

    • Teni Panosian
      September 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Oooh, no I haven’t tried it! I’ll have to check it out.

      • Céline
        September 17, 2013 at 7:42 am (1 year ago)

        I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

        Love your blog and your videos!

  7. Doritha
    November 25, 2013 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

    Would you reccomend this oil for somebody who has combination/mild acne prone skin? I use clinique acne solutions but in the winter my skin just starts to feel way to dry, if not this do you reccomend anything else??

    • Teni Panosian
      November 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Usually a specifically acne cleanser tends to dry out skin, which might be what’s happening with your clinique cleanser coupled with the colder weather. You can try the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, which is totally fine for acne prone skin, (that’s me, and it didn’t bother me at all) but you can also try the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser, it comes in a a foaming version and a creamy version. If you’re feeling SUPER dry, try the creamy version. It’s just a good standard cleanser with not a lot of ingredients so it won’t aggravate skin.

  8. Doritha
    November 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks Teni!!



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