Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is how any great skincare routine starts, but what about the technique known as “double cleansing”? While it can be helpful in some situations, the double cleansing method is not necessary for everyone. It depends on your skin type and the type of makeup you wear. It is said double cleansing is the single quickest way to achieve deeply cleansed, smooth and radiant skin.
Double cleansing is a technique that became popular in Japan and South Korea before catching on in Europe and North America, involves using two different types of cleansers, one right after the other. A cleansing oil, balm or micellar water to break down make-up, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin first, then follow with a regular, water-soluble cream, gel, or lotion cleanser that’s suitable for your skin type. After you then move on to the rest of your skincare routine.
The concept behind the double cleansing method is to use a cleansing oil or similar product to first remove your makeup and sunscreen. This step is supposed to clear the way for your regular cleanser to cleanse your skin instead of having to work its way through layers of makeup and sunscreen. Therefore a more thorough cleanse.
Sounds logical, but today’s best cleansers are formulated to easily break through and wash away makeup, sunscreen, dirt, pollutants, and other surface debris.
Double cleansing can also help if you have very oily skin and are finding that your regular cleanser isn’t removing enough excess oil but that a stronger single cleanser leaves your oily skin feeling tight and dry. It’s far better to use two gentle cleansers than one harsh, drying cleanser.
While your skin needs to be cleansed twice a day – morning and evening – a double cleanse isn’t always necessary – especially when you wake up in the morning. A single water-based cleanse will prepare your skin to absorb day creams and moisturisers better. When it comes to your PM cleanse, if you wear heavy or transfer-resistant makeup and a mineral-based sunscreen, double cleansing ensures you remove both the makeup and the sunscreen, which means this evening cleanse will allow serums, moisturisers and clever night-time leave-on products like retinols to penetrate and work their magic much more efficiently.
The temperature of the water matters, too. Too hot and you could risk irritating the skin, especially if you suffer from acne or skin conditions such as rosacea, so it’s best to rinse with water that is lukewarm.
I have always loved a double cleanse in the evening, there is something very satisifing about it. Do you double cleanse? Comment below your favourite to cleanses for a double cleanse!
Much love…Alice xx