Complete Guide to Oil Cleansers & the Double Cleanse Method

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Plant Therapy Oil Cleansers for oily skin and for normal/dry skin

Complete Guide to Oil Cleansers & the Double Cleanse Method

At the end of the day, we all know it’s important to remove all makeup, dirt, or impurities that have built onto your skin throughout the day. Admittedly, there are probably a million and one skincare routines that could be great for your skin. But have you ever heard of the double cleanse method? If you haven’t, this is your sign to switch over. Double cleansing is a sure way of knowing you’ve removed all makeup and dirt before calling it a night. Plus, we brought back our Oil Facial Cleansers to help get the job done! Want to find out how it works? Keep reading to see why this the way to go.

Benefits of Double Cleansing

So, what is the double cleanse method? It’s a skincare process that helps you thoroughly remove all makeup, dirt, pollutants, and any other impurities that accumulate on your skin while you’re out and about. As simple as the name is, the double cleanse method means you’ll be cleansing your face twice. However, you’ll be using two different types of cleansers that can help remove all pollutants at the end of the day. 

First, you will use an oil-based cleanser. Those who have oily-prone skin, don’t be alarmed! It’s easy to assume that putting oil-based products onto already oily skin will make your skin, well, more oily. But that is simply not the case. Oil-based cleansers gently remove makeup, sebum, and other impurities without stripping away your natural oils. Stripping away natural oils with harsh cleansers can actually make your skin too dry, leaving your face to react and produce more oil to overcompensate. Also, oil cleansers break down these impurities to make them easier to remove without tugging too hard at the skin. To put it simply, for those who have oily or acne-prone skin, this method works as great for you as it does for those with dry skin.

Second, you’ll need a water-based cleanser. This step will help further remove any remaining oils, makeup, or sweat. Water-based cleansers can get deeper into the pores without drying out your skin. This two-step process not only will help thoroughly cleanse your skin of dirt and grime but also provide a gentler experience.  

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Plant Therapy’s Oil Facial Cleansers

To help you achieve clean and nourished skin, we introduce to you our Oil Facial Cleansers! And because every skin type is different, we carefully formulated two different options: for oily skin types and normal/dry skin types. Back by popular demand, these are the same Plant Therapy Oil Cleansers you know and love!

Our Oil Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin blends Grapeseed and Camellia Seed Oil to provide a lightweight, yet nourishing moisturization while helping you cleanse your skin from dirt, makeup, and other impurities. In addition, it’s blended with Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils to help relieve redness and combat oily skin, all while boasting a gentle, herbaceous aroma. This concoction of all-natural ingredients will help you achieve a healthier and bright skin complexion.

For normal to dry skin types, choose our Oil Facial Cleanser that blends Safflower and Sunflower oils to help moisturize and nourish your skin. Plus, we added Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, and Grapefruit essential oils to help soothe dry, reddened skin. Made without parabens, sulfates, and alcohol, these two Oil Cleansers are a great addition to your skincare routine while also being a key player in the double cleanse method.

woman applying skin care product to skin

How It Works

Not sure where to start? We got you covered. Here are the steps on how to effectively wash your face with the Double Cleanse Method: 

  1. Grab your Oil Cleanser and place a small amount in the palm of your hand. Use your fingers to gently massage the oil cleanser into your skin, working in small circles to help remove makeup and dirt.
  2. After thoroughly cleansing, rinse off the cleanser with water and a soft washcloth. 
  3. While your skin is damp, apply your water-based cleanser. Pump one small amount to your palm and lather in between your hands, then, begin cleansing your skin. Again, use small circular motions to cleanse. Be mindful of the eye area.
  4. Once you’ve finished cleansing your skin, you’ll rinse off with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft face towel. 
  5. Apply your favorite toner and serums like the Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid or continue the additional steps of your skincare routine.
  6. Lastly, apply facial oils like our Revitalize Night Oil. These should be applied last in your skincare routine as they hold larger molecules to reinforce the moisture barrier. Applying such oils before a lightweight moisturizer could potentially block your skin from absorbing such nutrients.


Have you tried the Double Cleanse Method? If so, why do you implement it into your routine? Let us know in the comments!


81 thoughts on “Complete Guide to Oil Cleansers & the Double Cleanse Method”

  • I’ve never heard of this method before and am excited to try it. I struggle with dry sensitive skin with rosacea and what’s best to use on it that wont make it worse.

  • What would an example of a water based cleanser be? Is this just referring to a liquid face soap? I usually use Jojoba oil to on my face at night but I just rub it on and don’t rub it off. It sounds like this article is saying to start with the oil, wipe it off, and then wash with a liquid face soap. Am I understanding it correctly? 🙂

    1. Hello! It is talking about a cleanser that is not oil-based, this one is referring to using a Hydrosol and a cleanser. In your case a cleanser and then the Jojoba oil as a moisturizer. We hope this helps!

  • I haven’t tried this two step cleansing method, but it is very intriguing. I do use the vitamin c serum and love it. I’ll definitely be looking into the cleaners more.

  • I have used the oil cleanser in the past and LOVE it, but did not know about the double-cleansing method. I am going to try it, as well as the Vit C serum.

  • Did not know about PT fails cleansing products. I’m intrigued! Did not know the double cleanse method

  • Ha!
    I’ve been doing the double cleanse method already and had no idea it was a thing. I have combination sling, with sensitive, dry patches on my cheeks. So this method soothes and helps to gently slough off dead cells, whilst balancing the sebum production on my oilier T-zone.
    I’m so glad I read this, thank you, great info

  • I am so happy PT brought these back! The oily skin cleanser is my go to! I hope a water based cleanser will follow 🙂

  • i have sensitive dry skin. I was hesitant to try this method for double cleansing. i was thinking will make my skin drier. I learned about the double cleansing process. it makes sense that the oil cleansing , it is imperative to keep a clear skin. i am going to try this system soon.

  • I have tried it but stopped because it just added another step to my routine. I don’t wear makeup so I felt this was unnecessary.

  • Never heard of this. I am pretty bad about taking proper care of my face and now that I am getting older I think I need to

  • Never heard of double cleansing. I have always been scared to put oil on my face for fear of breaking out. I am very interested to try this method.

  • Always had oily skin, pretty cautious about putting anything on my face, but willing to give it a try.

  • Tried this before, sorta, didn’t know about the water-based cleanser afterwards. Will be trying soon. Great info

  • This was very interesting information. I’ve never heard of this method before and now I want to learn more!

  • I have been using Korean products for the double cleansing method but I like that these products are based on essential oils. Excited to try these products!

  • What an awesome article! I had never heard of double cleansing before now, but it makes sense. I have “mature skin, so cleansing with something that is so moisturizing really meets my needs. I will certainly try the cleanser to see how it works for me.

    1. I would recommend using the oily skin variety. The carrier oils will help moisturize the dry patches while the essential oils will help balance oily skin.

  • I’m wondering how this works with water proof eye makeup like mascara-do you still need an additional product especially for that area?

    1. Because these cleansers contain essential oils, we don’t recommend you use them around the eye area. However, carrier oils are a great way to break down stubborn eye makeup. We recommend you use a simple carrier oil without anything added to it and a cotton pad. Find an easy DIY here.

  • I have tried oil cleansing before but never double cleansing with an oil cleanser. Will give this a try!

  • I have not heard of the two different steps for an oil cleanse. I really like the idea and might give this a try! I have done the oil cleanse step alone but felt I needed a little something more.

  • I’ve done this method of cleansing for several years. I love how easy the oils remove makeup and then how clean my skin feels after the second wash. I wish I’d known about this years ago!

  • This was interesting. I too thought oil based skin products would make oily skin worse. I also love the Rosemary & Peppermint, two of my favorite, that didn’t know helps redness!

  • I have never heard of double cleansing but it makes sense. Currently using another product but will consider adding these products to my routine as well. Thank PT!

  • This is my first time hearing about double cleansing, and I think the concept makes a lot of sense. I have been looking into a good nightly skin care routine and think this might be my new one!

  • I have oily skin so I’m always a bit nervous to add oils on my face but doing the oil cleanser first I think makes a lot of sense.

    1. The essential oils are combined in the carrier oils so they are fully emulsified. Once applied to your face, we recommend rinsing and following with a water-based cleanser so you can completely rinse off the cleanser.

  • I am constantly looking for ways to keep my face clean and free of impurities. Will definitely be trying this

  • Never heard of double cleansing. But also was never consistent in face cleansing. Thank you, there’s a lot of food for thought for me.

  • I have never heard of double cleansing, so this is quite interesting to me! Thanks for the good info.

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