What is double cleansing & why should you be doing it?
You may have heard the term double cleanse, it’s been bouncing around the beauty industry for a few years now.
If you haven’t heard of double cleansing or don’t know what it is then you should read on…
So what is double cleansing?
It’s exactly what is says it is…it’s cleansing your skin twice.
It is a method that has been used by Korean women for years and can offer great benefits for all skin types, especially those that have combination or oily skin types.
Korean skin care has exploded onto the market for good reason… because it works.
Double cleansing should be part of your evening skin care regime, especially if you wear makeup or SPF during the day.
It is a two-stage cleansing process first using an oil-based cleanser or balm first to break down impurities such as makeup, SPF and Sebum and pollutants which a water-based cleanser cannot do alone. This removes the surface grime ready for the second stage water-based deep clean.
So how do you double cleanse?
For the first cleanse an oil-based cleanser or micellar water should be applied and worked into the skin to break down the makeup product or surface grime. You can remove this with a cotton pad.
If you’re using a cleansing oil or balm, massage it onto dry skin first and then wet your hands and the oil will emulsify and become like a milk making it easy to remove.
The second step uses a water-based face gel or cream to wash away the residue, sweat and dirt that have accumulated on your face during the day.
Make sure you work that cleanser on the skin to really get in there. A full-on face washing gets much deeper into the pores giving your face a good flush removing all traces of pore clogging gunk.
The water temperature is also important, too hot and it will cause irritation and damage the skin, use tepid water, especially if you suffer from rosacea or acne.
Gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel and then follow with your favourite toner, serum, and moisturiser.
What are the benefits of double cleansing?
Cleansing with a Micellar water, cleansing lotion or face wipe alone is never enough! Residue will be left on the skin which in time will build up and can potentially clog your pores causing breakouts and blackheads.
By properly cleansing the skin you are also giving your other products a better chance of working.
When we sleep at night-time our skin repairs and regenerates itself and this is when all the goodness in your skin care products can get to work. If you skin is not completely clean, then the nutrients and hydration cannot properly penetrate the epidermis.
I started double cleansing at the beginning of lockdown and I have really noticed a difference.
I don't break out nearly as much, my pores are more refined, I don't get as oily as I used to.
Sure some of my other skin care products help with this but I can tell you double cleansing has been a game changer for me.
Give it a go for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference...
If you find you skin is becoming too dry, it may be that the products you are using are not quite right for your skin type.
I have spent some time researching some great products for different skin types and budgets. Check them out below;
Step 1; Balms/Oils
Step 2; Face Washes
For Oily and Combination Skin
For Dry and Normal Skin
For Sensitive Skin
Let me know how you get on by dropping a note in the comments below. You never know, it may just revolutionise your skin care regime!
Until next time,
*Disclaimer - as with any skin care product or routine, it may not work for everyone. Individual results may vary. All of the above advice is for information purposes only.