The last time I went for a facial, my beauty therapist raved to me about double-cleansing, and urged me to start doing it. In fact, it seems every skincare expert and influencer is talking about double-cleansing. It’s been revolutionising people’s skincare routines in Asia for a long time and is becoming popular in other parts of the world too.
The days of washing off your makeup with the help of a simple wipe are over. If you’re serious about your skin then you should really give double cleansing a try.
What is it?
Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – you cleanse your face twice, with different types of cleanser. The first stage is to use a balm or oil-based cleanser. Massaging this into your skin moves lifts up makeup, dead skin, oil, and SPF. You can then wash this off, ready for the second stage.
The second cleanser should be a water-based one, that needs to be washed off. Choose a cleanser that is made for your particular skin type or specific concerns.
What are the benefits?
Double cleansing really gets your skin clean, removing all traces of oil and makeup. The motion of massaging the cleanser into your face can promote blood flow and give your complexion a boost.
Once you’ve washed off the second cleanser, your skin is prepared for your other products and allows them to penetrate it more deeply. If you’re worried about sensitivity, then invest in a range of skincare for sensitive skin that will prevent overdrying and irritation.
Over time, your skin will look fresher, smoother and younger.
How to double cleanse
- Use your first, oil-based cleanser on dry skin. Massage into your face with your fingers or a cotton pad.
- Rinse your face with warm water
- Apply your second cleanser with your finders, cleansing device or muslin cloth and massage into your face and neck well
- Rinse your face clean and pat it dry
How often should you double cleanse?
In most cases, double cleansing once a day is enough, preferably at night. At the end of the day, you will have accumulated make-up, grease and dirt which needs to be removed.
Some dermatologists recommend double cleansing morning and night for people with particularly oily skin or acne.
If you live in a city with a lot of pollution, then it’s even more important to remove this from your skin.
It is possible to overwash your face. When you start to double cleanse, pay close attention to your skin. If you’re noticing any sensitivity or dryness, then try changing products first. If it continues, then reduce the amount of double cleansing you are doing. Even doing it once or twice per week will have benefits over the long term.
Which products should you choose?
It’s important that you choose the right products for your particular skin types or concerns. You need to choose products that won’t irritate or dry out your skin and lead to sensitivity and breakouts.
You’ll be amazed at how adding this simple step into your skincare routine can change your skin. It can be done by people with any skin type and skin concern. The trick is picking the right products for you. Be consistent for a few weeks and you should start to see a real improvement in your skin.