Double Cleansing - What It Is and Why You Should Be Doing It
So, what is Double Cleansing?
Well friends, I’m not going to wait till the end of this post to let ya know, that it’s exactly what it sounds like. Double cleansing is essentially washing your face twice!
For the more cynical out there, you may think this is another beauty industry scheme to get you to use more cleanser, but I promise you there is way more behind it! (There’s a reason it’s a part of so many K beauty routines!)
Why I Love It
Rewind about a year and a half ago…I had just started a new job and my hubby underwent two major knee surgeries. Not to mention we were also in the thick of planning and paying for our wedding. Needless to say, stress was at an all time high and it really took a toll on my skin.
For as long as I can remember, my chin has always been a problem area for me. Congestion, breakouts, ugh the worst!!! (Insert Kim K cry face)
After consistently double cleansing for the past year, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my skin. Like HUGE.
If you’re like me and wear a full face almost everyday, thoroughly cleansing your skin is SO IMPORTANT. Even if you wear something as light as tinted moisturizer each day, it’s important to get everything off. Not only does it keep your pores clear, it will help all your products absorb better. Win/win!
Step 1: First, you’re going to want to remove makeup and impurities with an oil based cleanser. This can be a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water.
I’m currently rotating between Chanel’s L’Huile Anti Pollution Cleansing Oil and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. One is in the shower, the other above the sink (true epitome of laziness but also helps me not to forget to use!) Another favorite is Neutrogena’s Ultra Lite Cleansing Oil. I’m all about oils, let me know if you want more recs!
If oils aren’t your thing, Elemis makes an amazing balm, it’s SO good. I love the scent and it takes everything off. And UM they have a limited edition ROSE version out right now too. You know I already copped it ;)
If you don’t wear too much makeup, micellar water is always a good option! My favorite here.
This is the step that gets rid of all makeup, dirt, and environmental impurities. V important!
Step 2: Now for part where you treat and cleanse your skin. For round two, I recommend a gentle or treatment cleanser specific to your skin’s needs. I usually rotate between an acne wash, PanOxyl or a rose based cleanser by Boscia. PanOxyl was recommended to me by esthetician a while back, super happy with the results (not to mention the price point!) Before that, I was using Murad’s Acne Clarifying Cleanser. Both work well for me. Since I have dry skin I use the acne cleansers every other day.
For this part, I always use my Clarisonic for that extra oomph. I’ve trained my skin for years and have built up resistance to exfoliation, so if a Clarisonic is too much for your skin I’d recommend a gentler facial brush like the Luna. It’s so cute and travel friendly too!
I’ve tried so many cleansers, happy to help if you have questions about which treatment cleanser would be the best for your skin.
Step 3: Finish up with the rest of your nightly regime! Bonus points if you throw a face mask in the mix!
What are your favorite cleansers?