Deep Down: DHC Pore Cleansing Oil

By Laurin

Here is a list of instances in which I
will notice a pore on someone else’s face:

  1. When they point them out to me.

  2. Oh, actually, not even then.

I bring this up because
the product I’m reviewing this week, DHC Pore Cleansing Oil, claims
to make pores less visible. I’m going to ignore this claim because
other than squinting really hard at my face in the mirror and telling
you what I see, I have no way of measuring this. Also, I don’t
much care. If you do happen to care about the size of your pores,
take comfort in knowing that you’re probably the only one. And if
they still bother you, invest in a good primer. That’s my advice on
visible pores. And with that out of the way, let’s talk about
cleansing oils. AGAIN.

As I’ve mentioned
before, I’m devoted to the original DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
(hereafter referred to as DCO). When I first heard about Pore
Cleansing Oil, I was sceptical. What could possibly be so different
about the two products? Upon reflection, I don’t know why I thought
this. I unquestioningly accept that different skin types exist and
that they therefore need different moisturisers, foundations or
powders. As much as I love DCO, even I must concede that it might not
be a Holy Grail product for everyone.

If you’re familiar at
all with the original DCO, you know that it is based on olive oil and
wouldn’t look or smell out of place on your lunchtime salad. It
feels like my skin partially absorbs it when I apply it for my
evening cleanse, and I often leave it for a few minutes to impart its
olivey goodness onto my face before removing it with a hot flannel.

The Pore Cleansing Oil,
on the other hand, is much thicker and completely colourless. Rather
than being based on one oil, it is a blend of nine different ones
(coconut, argan, evening primrose, olive, grape seed, jojoba,
avocado, sesame and rice bran, since you asked). The texture is akin
to that of a fine serum (think Advanced Night Repair) and it smells
of grapefruit sweets. To this American who lived through the 80’s,
grapefruit positively screams clean living and rude good health.
Strangely for a product that promises to deep cleanse, Pore Cleansing
Oil feels like it sits on the surface of my skin, never quite getting
down to business in the same way that DCO does. Wandering off to
check Facebook before removing it isn’t an option because you can
never quite forget it’s there.

So how Pore Cleansing Oil
managed to leave my skin feeling cleaner than it has since my last
facial, I have no idea. Sorcery, no doubt. I did notice some slight
tightness that I don’t get with DCO, but my skin still felt soft
and completely make-up free. For this reason, I would recommend this
first to those with oilier complexions. It’s also completely
brilliant if you suffer from congestion in the chest/décolletage
area. I do, through a combination of sweaty commutes and marinating
in my sports bra for far too long after my workouts. Pore Cleansing
Oil cleared that area up within a week.

At this point, what I’d
normally do is spin some clever analogy or pen a pithy turn of phrase
to end this post. But actually, I don’t want to. What I really want
you to know is that this is a really good product at a really good
price, and that if you have oily or congested skin, DHC Pore
Cleansing Oil might just be the cleanser you need. Can’t say fairer
than that.

DHC Pore Cleansing Oil is
£25 and available at www.dhcuk.co.uk

The fine print: PR sample.

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