What Is Double Cleansing & What Are The Benefits?
A secret skin care strategy for healthy, youthful-looking skin is double cleansing.
This unique washing method accounts for two important steps with cleansers of different formulas to create the desired effect. The first oil-based cleanser removes impurities like makeup, sunscreen, excess sebum and pollution. Oil cleansers attract and draw out oil from elements that build up on the surface of your skin.
The second water-based cleanser removes any remaining residue by giving your skin a thorough cleanse. It deals with impurities by breaking down their oil components. Forego cleansing a little too often and you run the risk of clogged pores, irritation, dryness and breakouts. This prevents your skin from being able to renew itself overnight or properly absorb skin care products.
Besides recommending a combination of oil and water-based cleansers, we also suggest avoiding cleansers that have harsh sulfates that strip away your natural skin barrier, and staying away from irritating ingredients like artificial fragrance or alcohol.
How To Double Cleanse
Begin with an oil based cleanser. Gently, and in a circular motion, massage the oil into your face and neck to work away impurities. Rinse away with a warm water washcloth.
Repeat the cleansing while your face is still damp, but this time, opt for a water based cleanser. This second cleansing sweeps away remaining impurities and penetrates pores to unclog them. This preempts acne and enlarged pores. It also leaves your skin dewy, soft and fresh. Personally, I love how INCREDIBLE it makes my skin look and feel. I look forward to cleansing when before it was such a chore for me.
When & How Often Should You Double Cleanse?
How frequently you double cleanse depends on your skin — many people prefer to cleanse once a day, while others prefer to cleanse both during their morning and night time routine. As a general rule, it’s more common to double cleanse at night. After all, the skin is likely to be covered in sunscreen, makeup and the accumulation of environmental stressors throughout the day.
How often you double cleanse also depends on your skin type and lifestyle. For example, if you have oily skin, breakout-prone skin, or you wear heavy makeup, double cleansing minimizes potential congestion likely to build up. Many use this cleansing routine in the mornings, too, as sebum can be produced while you sleep. If you’re short on time or absolutely not interested in a double cleanse method, do the oil based cleansing at night and a quick wash in the morning with the water based cleanser. Bottom line: Pick whatever suits your lifestyle, and then try to be consistent with it for best results.