Why Cleansing Oil Is Great for Aging Skin and How to Use It

Why Cleansing Oil Is Great for Aging Skin and How to Use It

Cleaning your skin with oil might seem counterintuitive. After all, isn’t oil what we want to remove? Nope!

As we all know, oil and water don’t mix. Natural oils are the basis for healthy skin. Washing away healthy skin oils with water-based cleansers can leave your skin feeling and looking dry. Aging skin needs as much moisture as possible to stay healthy and look good. Cleansing oils are ideal for supporting aging skin and helping your skin feel and look luminous.

Why Switch From Water Based Cleansers

In scientific terms, oils are lipophilic, meaning they like interacting with other oils. Water and oil don't mix, because oils tend to be hydrophobic, and the water and oil molecules repel each other. So, cleaning your face with soapy water is sort of like pouring water on top of oil – it won’t interact much, and the oil stays separated. 

Water-based cleansers work by washing away dirt, but these products also wash away the skin’s natural oils. The result is that oils that accumulate on your skin won’t be properly treated by a water-based cleansing process. Water based cleansers can lock unwanted oils into your skin with the lipophilic water, or can strip all natural oils with soapy cleansers that are too strong, and leave your skin parched. 

That “clean” feeling after water based cleansers is actually a drying out of your skin’s natural oils. Aging skin can especially struggle to produce enough natural moisturizing oil, so stripping and drying out the skin should be avoided.

How Does Cleansing Oil Work

Cleansing oil bonds to your skin’s natural oils. As the oil is massaged into your skin, it removes dirt and other impurities. By interacting gently with your skin's natural oils, cleansing oils help maintain your skin’s natural balance. Oil based cleansers are more natural. Water based cleansers require preservatives and additives to make the products stable. Oil based products do not need any additives for stability. 

Importantly for aging skin, cleansing oils also act as a barrier to protect your skin and keep it soft and moisturized. 

How to Use Cleansing Oil

Switching to an oil based cleanser can take some getting used to, especially if you’re used to the dry feeling from water based cleansers. Here are some tips and steps for using cleansing oil:

    • Step 1: Apply a small amount (about a dime-sized dollop) of cleansing oil onto your palms. Rub your hands together to warm the oil. Massage the cleansing oil onto your dry skin using your fingertips. Do this for about a minute, using small circular upward strokes. A good massage allows the oil to work its magic, dissolve build-up and nourish your skin. Take your time to gently clean your face and neck as well. Think of this as a mini spa moment!
    • Step 2: Wet a clean washcloth with warm water and gently wipe away excess oil. There’s no need to scrub the skin, just a few gentle swipes works well. If you like the feeling of a water rinse, that can be used instead of the warm washcloth. Now the Cleansing Oil has cleansed and moisturized your skin deeply. 
    • Step 3 (Optional): Repeat the process if necessary to remove thick mineral sunscreens or waterproof makeup.
    • Step 4: Follow up with the Hydrating Toner to add in extra moisture and the Face Serum to seal all the beneficial properties of the cleanser and toner as well as provide a barrier to protect your skin. 

Pro Tips: If you’re new to oil cleansers, start with a smaller amount of product. If the oils feel heavy on your skin, cleanse less often. Cleansing with oil is best at night. As you transition to cleansing oils, you can also try using a water-based cleanser after oil cleansing. Stick with it! Cleansing oil takes some getting used to but once you get accustomed to the feeling, you will appreciate how moisturized and healthy your skin will look and feel!

What's in YesAge Cleansing Oil?

The two primary ingredients in the YesAge Cleansing Oil are jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. These ingredients were selected based on their beneficial properties and overall safety for aging skin. Let’s take a deeper look at these oils.

Jojoba Oil

What it is: Jojoba oil is naturally derived from the Chinensis plant, a drought-resistant shrub native to North America. 

Why it works: Jojoba oil is the closest oil to the skin's natural sebum and it has many benefits for face and body care. Jojoba oil is made up of vitamin E, vitamin B complex, copper and zinc. It is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which makes it a wonderful cleansing oil.

  • Hydrates and brightens - Jojoba oil is a humectant ingredient, which means that it attracts water to the top layer of the skin and keeps the skin hydrated. It is also rich in antioxidants that help your body produce collagen, which can leave the skin looking healthier and brighter.
  • Anti-inflammatory - High in antioxidants, jojoba oil helps fight inflammation, free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • Acne treatment - Jojoba oil is non non-comedogenic and won't clog pores. Because jojoba oil is so similar to the skin’s natural oils, it helps balance out natural oil levels, useful for anyone dealing with either too much or too little natural oil. Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which can also help reduce blemishes.
  • Makeup Remover - Jojoba oil is a mixture of short- and long-chain fatty acids, which helps to strip away any oil soluble impurities from your skin. This makes jojoba oil an effective makeup remover. 

Potential Side Effects: Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic, so it’s generally considered safe to apply topically. Additionally, no ingredients are known to have any kind of negative interaction with jojoba oil. In very rare cases, jojoba oil can cause allergic reactions such as itching and hives. Out of an abundance of caution, try applying oil to your hand before applying to your face.

Learn more: Check out this article on the benefits of jojoba oil “Jojoba Oil Is The Holy Grail of Skincare Oils, According to Derms” and “How Jojoba Oil Benefits Your Hair and Skin


Grapeseed Oil

What it is: Grapeseed oil is naturally derived from the seeds of grapes. The seeds are usually a byproduct of winemaking, which makes grapeseed oil a very sustainable ingredient. 

Why it works: Full of polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E, grapeseed oil has many wonderful benefits. 

  • Anti-inflammatory - Grapeseed oil has great antioxidant benefits that can help protect against free-radical damage. It is high in linoleic acid, which is anti-inflammatory and helps diminish redness and puffiness. 
  • Hydrates and Firms - The linoleic acid and vitamin E in grapeseed oil can help skin retain moisture, restore elasticity, and protect it from environmental damage. 
  • Evens Out Skin Tone - Grapeseed oil contains a powerful antioxidant ingredient called proanthocyanidin that, when used consistently, helps even out skin tone.
  • Fights Acne - Grapeseed oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, and the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in grapeseed oil help the skin fight acne.  

How to use: Unless you’re allergic to grapeseed oil, there’s little risk to trying it out for your skin. Because grapeseed oil has little to no known side effects, it’s a great oil to use on the face and the rest of the body. 

Learn more: Here’s a great oil on the benefits of grapeseed oil “Why Grapeseed Oil Is in So Many Skin-Care Products

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