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I get it. At the end of the day you’re super tired and it’s sometimes quite a task to wash your face once. Never mind twice! So a once over with a face wipe happens…right?!. But did you know that that just won’t do it. You’ll still be left with grime and an unclean face. While we fret about adding chlorella and super foods to our smoothies and using bubble sheet masks (have you tried them? insert smurf face), cleansing your face is actually the most important step in your beauty routine. And more specifically cleansing your face thoroughly at night.
During the day airborne bacteria and pollution are attracted to the skin. This in turn can cause pigmentation, breakouts and even aging. So how do you rectify this?
Double cleansing is the only answer.
What Is Double Cleansing?
Double cleansing is literally what the name suggests. Cleaning your face twice. But cleaning your face twice seems like a waste of time. Well, not if it’s done the right way. Double cleansing hails from Korea, and we all know that Korean skincare results in beautiful soft, radiant and glowy skin.
When double cleansing you actually use two different cleansers to remove impurities. It makes sense that if your face is properly cleansed and rid of all impurities then moisturisers and serums will be better absorbed. Imagine the results when you add jade rolling in to the mix too! The Korean beauty regimen includes using an oil based cleanser and a water based cleanser.
Choosing Cleanser #1
Cleanser number one should be oil based. Your best option is to choose something natural that is gentle on the skin and that is made to take off makeup.
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Choosing Cleanser #2
There’s no need to go and purchase a new cleanser if you have already found one that you love. Just ensure that this cleanser has ingredients that match your skin type.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
The reason an oil based cleanser and a water cleanser are used is because oil and water do not mix. Our skin produces many bad oils or otherwise known as sebum. As oil and water don’t mix, your usual water based cleanser will not be able to remove the sebum. Hence the use of the oil based cleanser. It effectively cleans away SPF and makeup. Cleanser number 2, the water based cleanser, will now be able to penetrate the skin deeper and more effectively. In other words it will actually be able to work properly as the skin is now rid of oil.
How To Double Cleanse
Double cleansing is straight forward and easy. Simply apply the oil based cleanser to moist or dry skin. I prefer dry. Then lightly rub onto your face. Once you have rinsed the oil cleanser wash your face with your water based cleanser as per usual.
The Benefits Of Double Cleansing
I can one attest to the benefits of double cleansing.I initially thought of double cleansing as a marketing ploy, i.e you need to buy more products. But my skin has been left more supple, I have fewer breakouts and my complexion is brighter and better. It is especially important that you double cleanse if you live in a city. The pollutants and irritants that your skin are exposed to on a daily basis are very harmful for the skin. It is not necessarily necessary to double cleanse twice a day. There is such a thing as over cleansing your face. But double cleansing at the end of the day to remove all makeup and oil is a must. The fact that your skin is now properly cleansed will mean that all the serums and night creams you spend so much money on will actually be able to work more efficiently!
Have you tried double cleansing? What are your favourite products? Let me know in the comments below.