Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Reviewed by Ann on October 30, 2015


Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser and Makeup Remover ($40/4 oz.) is an oil-based product to be used as the first step in a skin care routine. It is massaged in to dry skin and then rinsed off. After using it twice daily for a month, I find it to be most gentle but not very effective.

I am a 50-year-old white woman living in the Midwest. My skin is aging — for me this means thinning with a little bit of dryness. I have some lines, mainly around my eyes, which are not really deep enough to be called wrinkles. My skin tone is mostly even. I'm comfortable going without makeup, but there is always room for improvement. Oils have been a good choice lately. While not hydrating, like a cream, they have more of a suppling effect and seal in moisture.

This product is meant to be used quickly. It's rubbed in and then rinsed off. This alone did not feel clean, nor was it particularly moisturizing. My face felt gritty and tacky. A swipe of a toner pad or cotton square would reveal residue. I went to a Sephora and had one of the sales ladies make me up so I could test its ability as a makeup remover. I'm sorry to say that it barely smeared the mascara that wasn't even waterproof. My eyes were gummy with oil, and still I could see liner and even some shadow sparkles. On the plus side, it did not irritate my eyes at all. 

Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser and Makeup Remover is made with many healthy ingredients. Nothing is meant to be harsh or unnatural. I hated to give up on such a thoughtfully made product. It starts with castor seed, jojoba, pomegranate seed and wheat germ oils for softness and brightening. There is the addition of coconut based fatty acids for cleansing. Actives include DMAE to promote firming, CoQ10 to fight wrinkles and age spots and resveratrol to combat free radicals.

There are other antioxidants included. Both green and white tea extracts combined with billberry fruit, lycopene, beta carotene and astaxanthin are included to fight free radicals  that can cause inflammation, discoloration and aging. The solvents using for preserving are even sourced from nuts. 

But how effective can the actives be if they're only left on the skin for a mere seconds as a wash? Was there another, better use for this?

I tried it as a pre-treatment, massaging it in to my skin and then leaving it sit for a few minutes before washing with another cleanser. I tried a bar, a cream and a gel cleanser on top of the oil. The best results came from washing with the bar. Letting the oil sit for a bit was marginally beneficial. I would see some hydration and a bit of a glow at first, but my skin still required additional moisturizing, and many times I didn't have the patience or the time to "cook."

The next test was using it as I use my other facial oils. I apply these, as needed, after serums but before creams. This was completely unsuccessful. This made my face feel tight and itchy. This is definitely not a leave-on. Removing with tissue rather than rinsing with water also caused this reaction. 

I used it as a mask in the shower. It was best to apply after I'd been showering, so my pores were open while it was all steamy. But then my face was wet and it would tend to slide off. Spreading it on before stepping in the shower tended to make my face sweat. 

It was too heavy and greasy for hair.

In conclusion, this was not something I would regularly use. It was not powerful enough in any way. But that may also be its greatest strength. It was so mild and gentle; I experienced no negative side effects, even when I left it sit on my face all day. It was non-irritating and did not clog my pores. Many of the reviews already done for this product were from rosacea sufferers. They loved it, and I can understand why. This is something for very sensitive skin.