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Is Double Cleansing Right for You?

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Is Double Cleansing Right for You?

Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is how any great skincare routine starts, but what about the technique known as “double cleansing”? Is it necessary? While it can be helpful in some situations, double cleansing is not necessary for everyone. It depends primarily on your skin type and the type of makeup you wear. We’ll help you decide if double cleansing is right for you.

What is Double Cleansing?
Simply put, double cleansing, a technique that first became popular in Japan and South Korea, involves using two different types of cleansers, one right after the other.

There’s no set guideline for which types of cleansers are best for double cleansing; the most common practice is to wash your face with a pure oil, oil-based liquid cleanser, cleansing balm or cleansing cloth and then follow with a regular, water-soluble cream, gel, or lotion cleanser that’s suitable for your skin type. You then move on to the rest of your skincare routine.

Why an oil-based cleanser or pure oil?
Oils are best at dissolving all types of makeup and can also help remove sunscreen. The oils work differently from regular facial cleansers.

Should You Double Cleanse?
The concept behind double cleansing is to use a cleansing oil to first remove your makeup and sunscreen. This step will help clear the way for your regular cleanser to cleanse your skin instead of having to work its way through layers of makeup and sunscreen. The result: a more thorough cleanse.

Another option: Wash twice with the same cleanser instead of with two separate products.

Double cleansing isn’t for everyone; however, it can be worth it under certain circumstances.
If you wear heavy or transfer-resistant makeup and a mineral-based sunscreen (those with active ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide), double cleansing ensures you remove both the makeup and the sunscreen, which means that your skincare products will be more effective.

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!

How to Double Cleanse
If you decide a double cleanse is right for you, you'll probably find that it’s mostly beneficial at night when you have makeup and sunscreen to remove. In the morning, you can wash your face with just your regular cleanser.

Here is how to double cleanse:

1. Start with your cleansing oil in the palm of one hand and use the fingers on your opposite hand to apply it to wet or dry skin - we suggest dry usually and massage in a gentle circular motions, including around the eyes, for 30–45 seconds.

(If using a cleansing cloth for the first step, select a gentle yet effective option. Lightly wipe away makeup, including eye area makeup, with the cloth (taking care not to tug skin), using both sides if necessary.)

2. Rinse or gently remove the cleanser with a soft, wet washcloth.

3. Then, put a nickel to quarter size amount of your regular facial cleanser and apply it to damp skin, massaging in gentle circular motions.

4. Rinse the second cleanser and pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

5. Follow with your usually skin care routine.

4. Rinse the second cleanser and pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

5. Follow with your usually skin care routine.

 

Step 1: Pre-Cleanse
And remove all traces of the day

 

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