Cleansing Oil Review: Medik8

What is it?

Cleanser / make-up remover

Who is it for?

Make-up wearers. All skin types,  including sensitive skin

Medik8 are one of the few cosmeceuticals to offer a cleansing oil, so I was immediately impressed. When they launched in 2009 they filled a gap in the market: they acknowledged that customers expect a cosmetically elegant product without compromising on active ingredients. I am also impressed by thier minimalist approach in the confusing skincare market:

AM: Vitamin C + sunscreen

PM:Vitamin A.

Perhaps this no-nonsense approach is because their founder studies physiology alongside pharmacology. I look forward to learning more about this brand.

Product Claims

Ultra-gentle oil cleanser gently dissolves impurities and waterproof make-up.

Optimised ratio of essential lipids to replenish the skin’s natural barrier.

Leaves skin soft and supple.



That annoying fragrance! There are plenty of non-fragrant plant oils to choose from.

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Emulsifies into a gentle cleanser of approximately pH 6. (Annoyingly Medik8 won’t reveal the pH as if it were some great state secret, so I had to use a pH strip).

Key Ingredients:

Rich in nourishing fatty acids and vitamin E

Safflower OilA cold pressed oil which is made up of more than 70% omega 6Rich in linoleic acid, a fatty acid, which can’t be synthesised by the skin.
Helps moisturise the skinReduces irritation.An emollient non-fragrant oil.
Vitamin EOil-soluble antioxidant that can protect the lipid parts of the cell from free radicals.Found naturally in the skin but levels become depleted by pollution and sun exposure.
Omega 6: (Linolenic Acid) Anti-inflammatoryEFA (essential fatty acid) which can’t be synthesised by the body.Rebalances the skin’s lipid levels.AntioxidantSkin smoothingEmollient
Moringa seed oil extractHelps remove build up of daily pollutantsA natural cleanser: binds to dirt and pollution.Non-fragrant plant oilGood source of oleic acid which strengthens barrier.Mono fatty acid with has a light textureAntioxidantCalming


Fragrant plant oil: Geranium oil. Fortunately it is low down the ingredients list.

No parabens, no sulphates, no perfume, 100% soap free.

How does it feel? Absorption rate?

I can feel the difference between the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing oil, which ironically doesn’t contain any oil. The texture is much thicker.

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Where does it fit into your routine?

AM: Use alone

PM: Use alone or as part of a double cleansing routine. Even though it emulsifies, I like to double cleanse with a water-based cleanser afterwards. For many people this would be overkill, but I use so much sunscreen and live in a polluted area.

  1. First of all massage straight onto dry skin to dissolve your make-up
  2. Add water to emulsify and continue to massage in
  3. Finally rinse off thoroughly


Dissolves make up (including mascara) and sunscreen easily without drying out the skin.

An excellent blend of ingredients to restore the skin’s barrier and protect against pollution.


Unfortunately, Geranium oil is a fragrant oil and potentially a skin irritant. What a shame – there are so many other fabulous oils to choose from. I hope you are listening Medik8.

Would I repurchase?

I still recommend this product in my salon, despite the geranium oil. I guess no product is perfect.

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