What is double cleansing:
In a nutshell, double cleansing means cleansing your face twice at night-time. It's a method commonly practised in Korea and Japan, and for a good reason. The first cleanse typically involves using an oil-based cleanser that removes makeup, sunscreen and pollutants from your face. This is then followed by the second cleanse, which can be with a cleanser of your choice, that works to clean your base layer of skin and deeper into your pores. This double cleanse method allows for your treatments, serums and creams to penetrate more deeply into the skin.
An oil-based cleanser is the ideal first cleanse and very effective at dissolving stubborn, long-lasting makeup, and it can dig deeper into the pore where oil and product tend to build up. Oil-based formulations also help balance the amount of oil on your skin while they cleanse, so they also work for oily or sensitive skin types.
How to double cleanse:
Apply your cleansing oil or balm to dry hands and warm with body heat for 5 seconds to activate. Gently massage onto dry skin and watch the cleaner melt to a rich oil. To remove, lightly wet hands and continue to massage the skin to emulsify the cleanser. This process enables the cleanser to lift and melt everything off effectively. Oil dissolves oil (both oil-based makeup and oil on the skin), and when you add water, it'll start to turn milky before your final rinse.
The second cleanse can repeat the first or a quick wash using a gel or foam cleanser is also great. This will ensure your skin is adequately clean by removing any traces of product residue. Your second cleanse won't require using many products; the hard work is done with your first cleanse.
Things to avoid when double cleansing:
- You don't want to use a foam or gel cleanser two times as this can strip or over-exfoliate your barrier.
- The temperature of the water is important for your skin health. If you use steaming hot water, you're likely to irritate your skin, so cleanse with lukewarm water and preferably not in the shower (as the water is hotter).
- If your sensitive, try using sulphate-free cleansers, as sulphates irritate the skin by stripping it of its natural oils.
- Avoid facial wipes, they tend to move any grime around your face, and they contain alcohol, which can dry skin out as well as being bad for the environment.
Based on our chats with dermal experts, skin lovers and aestheticians, the overwhelming view on double cleansing is a big YES! Consistently double cleansing your face will pay massive dividends to your long-term skin health.