Double Cleansing - Why & How?

Cleansing is one of the most fundamental parts of our skincare routine to prep a clean canvas for our skincare product.

Somehow, double cleansing went from the realm of skincare super fans to the everyday lives of, well, everyone.

But what is double cleansing? Why should you bother adding an extra step to your routine? 

What is 'Double Cleansing'?

To put it simply Double Cleansing involves two steps of cleansing.

It involves thoroughly washing your face with two cleansers. The only catch is that the cleansers need to be two different types to have the desired effect.

The first step involves an oil-based cleanser which is then followed up by a water-based cleanser.

Why is it important?

The first step involves cleansing oil, balm, or micellar water meant to remove or breakdown any makeup, sunscreen, and sebum on the surface layer of our skin.

By getting rid of this stuff first, the second water-based cleanser can really work its way into the skin, removing the likes of grime and sweat.

Not only is a double cleanse meant to give a more thorough cleanse, but it can also revitalise dull skin and allow other skin care products to penetrate more effectively.

Who is it for?

Double cleansing isn’t a necessity, but certain skin types may find it to be more worthwhile than others.

Take people with oily skin. Two gentle formulas are generally a better way to combat excess oil than one strong formula that could leave skin feeling too dry.

Acne-prone individuals may also want to gently double cleanse to help remove the bacteria trusted Source that can lead to breakouts.

Finally, the technique can be useful for those who wear heavy makeup.

How is it done?

Whether you pick a cleansing oil or oil-based balm followed by a gel, lotion, or cream, the method is the same.

The first step is to apply your oil-based cleanser on your dry skin. You just have to massage the oil on your skin and see their magic on melting away your makeup. Since oil attracts oil, it will help melt down your heavy-duty, waterproof makeup products, and sunscreen from your skin. When it comes to rinsing, use either a washcloth or your hands and lukewarm water to avoid dehydration.

Oil-based cleansers that contain an emulsifier are typically easier to remove, as the oil combines with water to create a milky-type substance.

Ready for the second step? Keep your skin damp and apply the water-based formula in exactly the same way as before.

You shouldn’t need to use a lot — just a dollop that’ll nicely cover your face.

Once the minute is up, rinse off with lukewarm water and pat skin dry with a soft towel