An Oil Cleanse to Keep Your Skin Timeless-Looking

34 January 29, 2016 - At Home, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Personal Care, Skin care, Wellness, Young Living Beauty Products, Young Living Lifestyle, Young Living Personal Care

Oil Cleanse | Essential Oil for FaceWrinkles are not the only sign of aging that visibly add years to our face; sagging skin, age spots, and dull skin tone also reveal the passage of time. And when we rush through our routines, skipping the steps necessary for caring for our skin, we can end up with unhealthy-looking skin.

Maintaining a cleaning regimen that removes makeup and dirt from skin can help keep the look of healthy skin long past youth. This year, renew your efforts to care for your skin’s natural beauty and keep it looking timeless with this simple cleanse!

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Essential oils can be great for gently cleansing the skin, whatever your skin type!


Cleanse Recipe:

1. Start with a good cleansing base oil and pour ¼ cup into a clean glass bowl. We suggest:

All Skin Types For Oily Skin For Dry or Maturing Skin
Olive Jojoba Avocado
Sunflower Sweet Almond Apricot Kernel
Tamanu Grapeseed Argan


2. Add 1–3 drops of one or more of the essential oils listed below:

All Skin Types For Oily Skin For Dry or Maturing Skin
Lavender Oil Bergamot Oil Myrrh Oil
Geranium Oil Helichrysum Oil Rose Oil
Frankincense Oil
Clary Sage Oil
Sacred Sandalwood Oil


  1. Open pores by rinsing your face with warm water.
  2. With upward rotations, massage oil mixture all over face for 1–2 minutes.
  3. Leave mixture on face for 1 minute.
  4. Saturate a clean washcloth with warm water.
  5. Place towel on face and leave for 15–30 seconds.
  6. Slowly and gently wipe off oil.
  7. Repeat steps 5–7 until your face feels clean.


Young Living ART Skin Care SystemYour skin will love an oil cleanse anywhere from twice a day to once a week, depending on how your skin responds.

If your skin still needs a little extra care—maybe a toner, moisturizer, or serum—we recommend any of the products from our ART® line. This skin care line is a great way to maintain your natural beauty.


Which essential oils  will you be using on your skin this year? Let us know in the comments!

—Gloria Russo, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care

  • Joanne

    Any suggestions for DIY moisturizers for the different skin types?

  • Dolly Hodgins

    Thank you for the great info

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  • Diane Solari

    Would the V-6 work for skin cleansing?

    • Young Living

      Hi Diane, We have not tested the V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex for this purpose and would not be able to provide recommendations for using it. You are welcome to try it out. Let us know how it works!

  • Estelle

    Hi, I was wondering what carrier oil would you suggest for skin that breaks out a lot? Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Estelle, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    • Trisha King

      I bought Jojoba Oil as a carrier oil for my skin. Mixing YL Tea Tree Oil with my Jojoba oil helps a lot. I started off with 1/4 cup of oil and mixed in the Tea Tree Oil to the strength I wanted (about 5 drops).

      • Jo

        Where do you find any or all of these products? I have dry and mature skin.

  • Becky Q

    I just tried this oil cleanse using avocado oil, Myrrh and Rose oils. I’m really loving the results. I don’t feel greasy and I’m amazed how well it took off my makeup.

  • Rachel P

    I’m trying to find a good combination of cleanser & moisturizer that works well when I apply makeup. I have super dry skin all over. We can’t use almond oil or any oils with tree nuts in my house due to allergies. Any suggestions. I have rose ointment & a lot of the YL oils. Love them!

    • Young Living

      Hi Rachel, for more detailed information on products with allergen concerns, we recommend emailing our Product Support Team at Thanks, Rachel!

  • Karen Hobson

    I love using the brown sugar scrub wily and all 3 of my oils daily

  • Heather Davis

    I use the orange blossom face wash and LOVE it, but I need to add something. I don’t have blemishes or breakouts, but I have red spots on my face that I’d like to get rid of.

    • Hello Heather! I have found that Lemon Essential Oil, Jasmine, and Geranium, are all great for beautifying skin and evening tone. Be sure to check the usages when using certain oils on your face to avoid the sun if the oil is photosensitive. Also, here is another post that we did that may also help. Here is the link: Essential Oils Your Skin Loves Thanks for stopping by!

  • Joan Metselaar

    I started using Castor oil for evening skin tone. I do this at bedtime and also use the castor oil for my eyelashes, applied to the base of the eyelash. I don’t use mascara much so this seems to do the trick. I also use a blend of oils for moisturizing my skin under my day cream. I think I will try switching the base to sweet almond oil though and maybe add frankincense. I just love experimenting and seeing what works. I experiment on my kids too.

  • Sharon

    I’m new to YL and read the plethora of fabulous responses on the different oils and usage including recipes. All sounds sublime! What is the ART KIT? Is this a kit made up of oils specifically for skin and hair? TY!

    • Young Living

      Hi Sharon, We would be happy to direct you to the Young Living site for more information on our NEW ART Skin Care System. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Erin

    Is it too much for my face, I am 30, to be using witch hazel and a couple drops of tea tree on a cotton round every day? Sometimes twice a day?

    • Hello Erin. Great question! It depends on your skin. I would maybe try it once a day to start, and then see how if effects your skin. Then you can move up to twice a day if you like the results. You always want to make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Hope that helps!

  • Crystal

    For oily, red irritated skin, I love hempseed oil with frankincense. I rarely see it mentioned, but is a go to of mine!

  • Jacqueline

    I’ve been adding Orange EO to my oil cleanse. I’ve Oil cleansed for years.

  • Barb

    What else can be used in place of glass bowl?

    • Hello Barb. You can use a sealed ceramic bowl instead if you have that. Some oils can permeate plastic or other materials, which is why we always suggest using glass. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by!

  • Would this work on a 30 year old with major breakouts red on cheeks the size of small blueberries OR can you suggest how to care for that face skin issues??

    • Young Living

      Hi Grace, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Alana

    I just got my ART Skincare System and I Love it! My face feels and looks fantastic! I will be 50 in June, so this is very important to me. I also love the Satin Face Scrub- Mint, it is really nice, smells great and leaves your skin feeling tingly bright and alive.

  • Brandi

    I’ve been using ART for about 2 weeks now. I previously used Proactive. But I’m starting to get small pimples all over. I have oily skin as well. Is this supposed to happen? Any suggestions would be great!

    • Hey Brandi, troublesome skin is the worst! We can suggest some oils that help with skin blemishes. Tea tree, Frankincense, Lemon, Elemi, and Cedarwood help reduce appearance of blemishes and support healthy looking skin. Tea tree is a particular favorite of mine. Try adding a drop or two to your face lotion and see if you see any changes. Here is also a link to another post we did about ways to help with your skin: Essential Oils Your Skin Loves

  • Joanne Brown

    I just simply want to moisturize with Frankincense and Argon oil. Can you please advise me how much Frankencense to Argon oil.

    • Young Living

      Hi Joanne, This particular recipe suggests using 1/4 cup of the base carrier oil with 1-3 drops of the essential oil. If you have sensitive skin, further dilution may be needed. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Trevor

    This recipe sounds amazing! Young Living has a lot of DIY recipes I want to try for cleansing and moisturizing my face and skin. But is there any DIY YLEO recipes you recommend for opening up pores and completely washing out or absorbing whiteheads and blackheads? I’ve used many different acne products out there and peel of masks but none work. I really want to use essential oils so I don’t put any chemicals on my skin. So any suggestions of what YL oils to use or what the best recipe is? Thanks!

    • Young Living

      Hi Trevor, We recommend reviewing our essential oils and skin care products and discussing the use of these products with a dermatologist for specific recommendations for your skin type! Thanks for stopping by with your question!

      • Eeccg

        Trevor –

        For a more “natural” cleanser/exfoliator that not only hydrates, but absorbs excess oils all while gently exfoliating, try out the Micro-Exfoliating Honey Cleanser from Circadia.

        It’s gentle enough to use twice a day. You can even add a a drop of some of your favorite skin friendly YLEOs. Most carrier oils are going to be way too heavy for an oily/acneic skin type. Do a search for a spa near you that carries Circadia. ( I’m a licensed skincare professional, a diamond level educator on a number of lines, and a distributor of YLEOs)

  • I read that most essential oils should be diluted to 1-20 (5%). But when I read this recipe it states 1-3 drops which could be the difference between 1-20 and 1-7 (if I’m right). What would you recommend?

    • Young Living

      Hi Sally, We recommend following the usage directions as listed on the individual labels. This particular recipe suggests using 1/4 cup of the base carrier oil with 1-3 drops of the essential oil. If you have sensitive skin, further dilution may be needed. If you have further concerns, we suggest speaking with a dermatologist about the use of essential oils. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Paula

    If I want to make a batch of this cleansing blend ahead of time, how long will it stay good?

    • Young Living

      Hi Paula, We recommend making the cleansing recipe at the time it is going to be used and making a new batch for the next time! Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Jennifer Brenzel

    I love love love the rose ointment too!! If you haven’t tried it it’s amazing!

    • Stacie

      Would we use the whole 1/4 cup of oil for each time we cleanse our face?

  • stella

    I have mature skin so most products are for moisturizing. However I have OILY skin and those products are horrible for me…trying to find something to cleanse and uplift skin that doesn’t over moisturize my already oily skin…any ideas? I use Geranium now but not a lot of difference…

    • Young Living

      Hi Stella, Excellent question! We would recommend experimenting to see what works best for you. The recommendations in this post for Oily Skin may be beneficial for you as the cleansing base oils suggested are also moisturizing.

    • Theboardrider

      Hi Stella,

      I believe different people respond differently to many oils.

      That said, I swear by Argan Oil. It’s the base that I use in any skin related serum, and I’ll use it by itself as well.

      For about six months I’ve been using it on my face and hair and the results have been remarkable. I feel like I’ve discovered the fountain of youth!

      I am a 38-year old male, and I have naturally oily skin. The beauty of Argan to me is that after 3-4 minutes of application, it’s as if I never put on anything with regard to my face feeling oily. I can rub my finger across my forehead and it will get stuck because it feels so dry!

      Two stories….I went to a professional license renewal class that went on about two weeks. There were people of all ages in there, well at least from about 25-60. One day at lunch two friends I had made, both of whom were mid-20’s suddenly said to me “how do you look so young? Seriously you look younger than we do and we’re 10 years younger. The girl said I had the skin of a 22-year-old. This wasn’t always the case…but sure enough I went home and looked at myself with these comments in mind, and dangit, they were right! I do look younger than I have in years….

      As I said I use it on my hair as well. I went to get a cut after about 5 months of using it and just trimming my hair at home. I wear it medium length and can get away with it. Well, the hairdresser is a friend and has been cutting my hair for 15 years. As he got busy cutting away, he stopped suddenly and said “what have you been doing? Look at these clumps of hair?” My hair has been oily, and thin since I was a kid…my friends teased me in high school calling it “french-fry,” hair. Sure enough I look on the ground and there’s these large clumps of hair that look like they would have come from Jon Stamos head, not mine!

      It’s funny because same as my face, I hadn’t noticed until this…but sure enough, my hair has almost transformed from thin, oily hair, into thick and lush hair. And the slow receding that began in my early 30’s has become a thing of the past. Now I see new baby hair springing up in front on a daily basis.

      Anyhow, I thought I’d share these stories and encourage you to experiment with Argan as a base.

      I have recently incorporated 10 drops of Pomegranate, and 5 drops each of Bergamot, Lavender, Frankincense, Myrrh and Geranium., mixed with 1 part jojoba and 2 parts Argan, all in a 2 oz bottle.

      It feels great and is continuing the results of the Argan alone, and who knows, but I like the idea of a mix of benefits.

      Good luck! Can’t go wrong with oils…

    • Hi Stella, I have been taught by two of my profession make-up artist friends that there is no such thing as oily or dry skin. Everyone has the same type of skin; however, their bodies are responding to the food and beverages eaten, and products, or environment to which they are introduced. In my experience, I have found this to be true. I always thought I had T-Zone skin and after I stopped using base or foundation and other commercial make up products and commercial facial cleaning products, I found my skin did not have oily areas or dry areas any more. I now have great looking and balanced skin, at 50 years of age, due to removing these products from my daily regimen and changing my diet, as well. I now only use Young Living oils, and their Art skincare line to provide wellness for my skin and I receive compliments almost daily when people find out how old I am. They always think I am twenty years younger.

  • Sue

    How often would you do this?

    • Mary Austin

      Thank you for the story and tips I love the sound of what you are doing. Love argon too
      Mary Austin

  • Letitia Jackson Polizzotti

    I’ve been using the OCM (Oil Cleanse Method) for years, and will ALWAYS us this method! Best facial cleanser ever 🙂

  • Robyn Smillie

    I’m excited to try this! I think I’ll try olive oil and add a drop of frankincense, juniper and lavender.
    Sounds like my skin will be in “Young Living heaven”.

  • Jamie Fisher

    Bummer was just going to order the Art kit but it’s out of stock. 🙁 any idea when it will be back?

    • Hi Jamie, The ART Skin Care System is temporarily out of stock due to supply restraints. You may find the information on the Out of Stock List in the Virtual Office useful in determining when an item may be available.

  • I just found a recipe for face cleanser.. I’m trying Lavender, Lemon and Melaleuca.

  • Sarah Lynch

    Sweet Almond, Argan & Avocado as a base oil(s)

    Frankincense, Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, & Rose

    Love my Young Living Oils!

  • Amanda K

    I like to use Lavendar, cedarwood, Tea Tree, and Frankincense oils for my skin care.

  • Anita

    Could coconut oil be used?

    • Hi Anita! Yes, coconut oil is great for use as carrier oil, if you would like.

  • Emma

    Great way to support our beautiful skin

  • Eugeniya

    A better question would be, which essential oil you will not be using on your skin.

    I love them all so much, and it is good to switch and combine products/essential oils.

    My favorite essential oils from the list above are Geranium, Frankincense and Myrrh.

    Young LIving already has such great creams and lotions for the face and skin – I use them as well.
    My favorite ones are Sensation and Essential Beauty Serum (dry). My son loves Lavender hand cream.

    My favorite facial cleanse is a refreshing Orange Blossom.

    I have many many other products, and love discovering new ones!

  • Penny golding member #’3507722

    Love knowing it’s 100% pure essential oils

  • Sarah McBride

    I use Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Joy, and Cedarwood topically and love it! 🙂

  • Frankincense, daily!

  • Carlotta Lalonde

    I use the oils daily.

  • Tennye

    I just ordered Myrrh with my ER points so I’m going to try frankincense, lavender, and myrrh.

  • Laura Pv

    I’ve been using Frankincense. Might need to try rose next!!

  • Cheryl

    I’ve just made a coconut base with V6, and added 3-6 drops of these 4: Frankincense, lavender, elemi, melrose.

  • Carmen

    If the ART system is available, then Yes that’s my choice, but unfortunately it’s not always available!

  • I will be using as many oils as I can!

  • Susan

    Frankincense is my favorite for EVERYTHING, but especially skin!

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