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

It takes *maybe* one extra minute to do, but makes a world of difference in terms of how clean and moisturized your skin feels!

Jill Nystul • June 19, 2024

Jill Nystul • June 19, 2024

Jill Nystul • June 19, 2024

Jill Nystul • June 19, 2024

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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.

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.

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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.

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What Oil Cleanser Should I Use?

I use my Nourishing Oil Cleanser, which is one of the five products in my 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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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:

“With mature skin, I have been struggling with extremely dry skin. I was using multiple moisturizers, and once I tried my new Oil Cleaner, immediately my skin was no longer dry & felt great. My face make-up looks better, and I glow for the first time in years. So quick & easy to use. Thank you for a great product!”

Michelle S.

"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.

“I love this oil cleanser! I just hit a milestone birthday a few months ago, and I have been struggling with my skin, especially my T-zone, being very dry. This is weird because that area was always more oily than the rest of my face. Now, I do the double cleanse using this oil cleanser, then the regular cleanser, and lastly, the moisturizer, and “voila,” no more dry patches. I had been trying so many different products, but this regimen was the golden ticket for me.”

Ella H.

"I was new to oil cleansing but have loved how great it works and how soft it makes my skin. I highly recommend!"

Allison F.

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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!

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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 that means we can all benefit from double cleansing too.

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How To Oil Cleanse

  • Apply 2 pumps of Nourishing Oil Cleanser onto your fingers, 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 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.
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Try It For Yourself!

Give it a try for yourself and see what double cleansing can do for your skin!

And if you’re not completely satisfied with the Timeless by Jillee products for any reason, just contact me within 90 days to receive a full refund. That’s how confident I am in these products!

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