Your Guide to the Art of Double Cleansing

Anyone who is serious about their skincare knows that cleansing is the most important step of their routine. Whether you are an avid follower of the 10-step Korean skincare routine or your skin gets on well with just a cleanse and a quick slap of moisturiser, cleansing your face will provide a good foundation for the rest of your subsequent skincare products to sink into your skin.

In most skincare routines, a single cleanse is usually sufficient to provide you with a clean base for the rest of your skincare product application. However, if you are a makeup wearer, the need to ensure your skin is free from as much dirt and bacteria as possible becomes all the more important. Applying the rest of your skincare products onto skin that is still dirty will just create an environment for pimples and acne to flourish. To prevent this from happening, make double cleansing a part of your skincare routine.


The Basics of Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is just as it sounds — it entails cleansing your face twice in a single routine. This is usually done in the evening after you come home from a day of wearing a full face of makeup. Double cleansing usually involves using micellar water, cleansing oil or cleansing balm to get rid of all the makeup, dirt, bacteria and grime that have collected on your skin throughout the day. The next step simply requires you to cleanse your face with a water-based cleanser to ensure that all of the foreign matter on your face is completely removed.


Why You Should Double Cleanse

The next time you are removing your makeup, go ahead with just using a cleansing oil or balm. After that, soak a cotton pad with micellar water and swipe it all over your face. You would be surprised at how much residue is still left on the cotton pad.

Cleansing your face with just your regular cleanser might be sufficient in the mornings when the only thing you likely have on your face is a couple of layers of serum and moisturiser. However, when you have makeup on, the combination of makeup products has the potential to enter your pores along with all the bacteria and pollutants in the surrounding environment. When not given a proper and thorough deep cleanse, all of that foreign matter will end up blocking your pores and increase your risk of developing breakouts.


How to Double Cleanse

Double cleansing might not be an appealing method for some as it requires the use of two different cleansing products, and not everyone sees the use of spending their money on two things that serve the same purpose. A way around this is to use wash your face with the same cleanser, but this is only applicable if your cleanser is formulated to remove makeup as well. Typically, cleansers that also work as makeup removers tend to be in the texture of oils and balms.

However, if double cleansing with two different products is not a problem for you, then here are the steps you need to know for a proper deep cleanse:

Step One: Micellar Water/Oil or Balm-Based Cleanser

If you have normal to dry skin, a cleansing oil might be more suitable for you, while those with combination to oily skin might be better off with a cleansing balm. Dispense the oil or balm onto your fingertips and massage it into your skin in circular motions. Once you have done this, use a soft muslin cloth to wipe the cleanser off of your face. Do be gentle when you are doing this; do not pull or tug at your skin. If the textures of cleansing oils or balms are too thick for you, opt for micellar water instead. Simply dampen a cotton pad with the micellar water and swipe it over your entire face. You might require two or three swipes to remove most of the makeup. If they are gentle enough, you can use the cleansers or micellar water to remove your eye makeup as well. Just be sure they do not contain any ingredients that might potentially irritate your eyes. Of course, if you are wearing waterproof eye makeup, you might have to use a separate eye makeup remover to properly clean it off.

Step Two: Your Regular Cleanser

Some people recommend using a water-based cleanser in this second step as the formulation is able to really penetrate into the pores for a proper deep clean, without clogging them. If you have a water-based cleanser that is suitable for your skin, then go right ahead. However, the second step of a double cleanse works well with any cleansing formulations, so feel free to choose your preferred one. Simply cleanse your skin like how you normally would, but be sure to massage it into your skin in an upwards and outwards circular motion for roughly one minute. The upwards motion ensures that the cleanser gets into your pores, thus allowing whatever is left over after the first cleanse to be removed. Once done, rinse your face with lukewarm water and you have done your double cleansing duty for the day.

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