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Here’s Why Cleansing With Oil Is Genius For Aging Skin

The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - collage: putting a couple of drops of cleansing oil on a fingertip; woman massaging oil into her face

The Many Benefits Of Oil Cleansing

After using my new oil cleanser for several months now, I wonder how I ever lived without it! Oil cleansing before using my water-based cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, soft, and moisturized, and it feels extra soothing using it with my jade roller too.

Based on this positive experience with oil cleansing, I want to pass the knowledge on to you! Here you’ll get an overview of everything you need to know about oil cleansing, including how it works, how to do it, and the many reasons why you should give it a try for yourself.

The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - woman looking at a bottle of cleansing oil

What Is Oil Cleansing And How Does It Work?

Oil cleansing is based on a concept you might remember from science class: “like dissolves like.” Oil can be a stubborn substance to remove from any surface, but seemingly paradoxically, adding more oil can help lift it off the surface so it can be washed away more easily. (That’s where double cleansing comes in—more on that shortly.)

By applying this concept to facial cleansing, you can gently lift oily substances like makeup and excess sebum (the oil your skin produces naturally) from your skin without stripping it of its moisture. This makes cleansing with a facial oil a great option for those with dry, sensitive, or aging skin.

The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - woman with the five bottles from the Timeless By Jillee facial care line

What Oil Cleanser Should I Use?

I use my Nourishing Oil Cleanser, which is one of the five products in my new Timeless by Jillee skincare system. It features 10 different all-natural, skin-friendly oils that work together to melt away makeup and impurities. This oil cleanser is free of parabens, silicone, and sulfates, is cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA.

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The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - closeup of hands holding a bottle of Nourishing Oil Cleanser

My skin is both dry and highly sensitive, so adding this oil cleanser to my routine has been amazing for my skin. It’s moisturizing, feels great, and is really gentle as well. And I’m not the only one who loves this stuff—check out what other OGT readers have had to say about it:

This is my third bottle of the oil cleanser and I have been loving it for my dry skin!

D. Bunnell

I just love Jillee’s Oil Cleanser – my skin feels clean AND so soft!! A miracle for this old gal!! Thank you so much!

Grace N.

As a senior female (let’s just say 71 yrs young) I am always looking for natural skin care products for my face. I have been using the Oil Cleanser for about 1 month now and absolutely love it. I always say if the skin on my face feels good then I feel good all around. I use the oil cleanser followed by the Daily Cleanser every morning and evening. I do not like products that have all kinds of chemicals in them so natural ingredients is the only way to go. Strongly recommend!


I am new to Jillee’s double cleansing method and oil cleansers in general, but I have to say, I’m sold! I love how refreshed and nourished my skin feels after treating it with the Nourishing Oil Cleanser.

Sarah M.

The Oil Cleanser is absolutely amazing. I could massage it into my very dry skin all day long! I hate that I have to rinse it off! AAA++++

Kayren S.
The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - collage: putting a couple of drops of cleansing oil on a fingertip; woman massaging oil into her face

Oil Cleansing As Part Of A Double Cleansing Routine

Oil cleansing is often used as the first step of a two-step cleansing process called double cleansing. The process involves using an oil cleanser first, then following up with a water-based cleanser (I use my Purifying Daily Cleanser for this).

The oil-based cleanser helps to dissolve and lift oil-based impurities off of your skin, including makeup, sunscreen, sebum, and pollution. By doing this step first, the water-based cleanser doesn’t have to work as hard to remove the remaining grime, and afterward your skin will feel clean, soft, and moisturized.

Not only is double cleansing more thorough, but it can also revitalize dull skin, help moisturize dry skin, and help other skincare products to work more effectively. That’s why double cleansing is a fixture of many Japanese and Korean skincare routines!

The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - woman putting a pump of Purifying Daily Cleanser in her hand

Who Should Be Double Cleansing?

Double cleansing is particularly beneficial for those with naturally oily skin and anyone who applies oily or sticky products on a daily basis, including makeup and sunscreen. Since we should all be wearing sunscreen every day—check out the link below for more on that—that means we can all benefit from double cleansing too.

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The benefits of oil cleansing for your skin - woman wiping oil cleanser off her face with a makeup remover cloth; the makeup remover cloth covered with makeup removed from face

How To Oil Cleanse

  • Apply 2 pumps of Nourishing Oil Cleanser onto your finger, then gently massage it onto your dry face (makeup and all) for a minute or so. You can always dampen your hands if needed to get a good lather going.
  • Next, you’ll rinse off the oil cleanser and oily residue. You do this either with the aid of a damp makeup remover cloth (which I highly recommend for because it also provides gentle exfoliation), or just by rinsing well with water. 
  • Follow immediately by cleansing with Purifying Daily Cleanser or another water-based cleanser as usual.

So that’s the scoop about oil cleansing! If you struggle with dry or sensitive skin like I do, I definitely recommend giving it a try for yourself, regardless of whether you buy it or DIY it! :-)

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  • I actually did have some bad breakouts lately. I’m not sure if any of it was connected to me starting the oil cleaning. I just dabbed it off with a dry makeup cloth or makeup wipes. I couldn’t believe how much makeup came off on the wipes with the oil cleanse., I wash my face after using the oil cleanse.

  • I’ve only been using Almond oil or the Fractionated Coconut oil and then my makeup wipes. I love that Jillee has her own skincare line – I just can’t afford to spend a lot on skincare

  • I just want to say that I have been using Timeless by Jillee skin care system for a few weeks and it’s great. It’s affordable and leaves my skin glowing and smooth. I have dry skin and am in my 70’s. Wish I would have started a skin care routine when I was young. I finally started (too late ) with other cleansers, moisturizers etc…I hated taking my mascara off before because it bothered my eyes to rub and rub with other cleansers. The oil works and I can’t say enough about the cloths! The cloths are fabulous! I have 2 sets now.

  • I just recently started having the changes in my skin. Not only was I breaking out, I was having dry flaky patches and dermatitis. I feel like my skin is changing. It was painful, hard to cover an embarrassing. After doing some research, I got some grapeseed oil. I missed with a couple of drops of Frankincense, lavender, and Geranium and I now use it as a moisturizer. It has only been a couple days, but my skin made a complete turnaround. I’m not calling it a miracle, may be it was coincidence. No, actually I do call it a miracle. That’s also another way to use oil but it does involve trial and error as I have tried sunflower and jojoba with little result

  • Loved this informative post! Oil cleansing is such a good way of cleansing the skin of impurities.
    I usually wash my face with a honey mixture but this sounds like a good second option!

  • I too love the oil cleansers. My skin used to be more combination, but is now more dry. I’m excited to make my own. I really love the Pond’s cleansing balm too that reminds me of the consistency of vapor rub. The problem I run into when buying is that stores don’t carry that one around here.

  • I have dry sensitive skin and have been using the Oil Cleansing Method for years now and I will never go Back to anything else. I started getting blemishes along my jaw line…hormonal I’m sure…and after trying many options…with continuing blemishes I decided to try something without any man-made chemicals. The blemishes not only disappeared, but my face felt and feels so good. I use a homemade moisturizer at night too. I just use sweet almond oil and caster oil for oil cleansing. I’ve also gotten to the point where I no longer pre-make mine. I just eyeball it in the palm of my hand. The only exception I make for cleansing is in the shower and occasionally at night I will use a true castle bar of soap made with olive oil, water, and lye. The Oil Cleansing Method is kind of a soothing process too. Love it!

  • At night I use water and a Norwex microfiber body cloth to remove my makeup, then I apply jojoba oil to a cotton ball and rub that all over my face. I don’t rise or wipe off the oil. My face always feels fantastic in the morning (even during the dry winter months) and my skintone has started to even out since using jojoba oil. Oils are definitely the way to go!

  • I was using Olay cleansers. I have a book that has recommendations by a Dermatologist and what products she recommends. I found a Cerave foaming facial cleanser on clearance at my work and I also bought the Cerave facial moisturizing lotion the PM formula . I was amazed . I had seen the recommendation in a magazine as being a good moisturizer for oily skin like mine. Usually I have awful breakouts on my skin due to not being menopausal yet. I didn’t have any this last cycle which was amazing in itself. I had to see a Dermatologist as a teen for bad acne and my sisters did too.And I live in a humid climate.That would be my main hesitation about trying this method.

    • The only bar soap she recommends I f you have issues is the Dove sensitive skin formula. It’s not made with harsh detergents and is considered a syntac formula with moisturizers added.

  • I use Clinique’s “Take the Day off”, followed by Marcelle’s Milk Cleanser (Canadian product). I cannot use any type of toner on my skin and I must also be careful to not use any product that has any type of scent or flower or food extract. The Milk Cleanser acts as a toner to a certain degree. I have tried Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel as well as several other natural products and they all irritate my skin.
    My body, it seems, likes chemicals as opposed to natural. Then I use a night cream.
    I only clean my face at night then spray some water on it in the morning and wipe off with a cotton pad, then moisturize. Works wonderful. This routine has taken me many, many years to figure out.
    I am eating a lot of avocado which I find also helps keep skin looking it’s best.

  • I love oils! I use Vit B enzyme cleansing oil from One Love Organics that has. It feels and smells luxurious. I smooth over skin then add a bit of water and massage while it turns milky. Then I cover my face with a warm, moist, washcloth. Then I wipe it off. The result is glowy.

  • thank goodness you just dont use soap! worst thing for facial skin and drying for whole body. An old friend of mine uses just water and a moisturizer and her 70 year old skin is lovely. But obviously you need something for makeup so this is a good blog. thank you

    • I haven’t used soap or any cleanser on my face for years. Only water. My skin is very nice, I even get compliments. I also stopped wearing makeup. Perhaps I don’t look glamorous, but I got tired of the nightly ritual of makeup removal that meant tugging at my eyelids and scraping a washcloth over my face to try to remove it. My skin is so much better for it.

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