Have you heard of double cleansing? It’s pretty big in the beauty world right now. Whether you’ve heard of it or not, lets break down the “who, what, when, where, why, and hows.”
What is Double Cleansing Method?
Double cleansing in its simplest explanation is washing your face twice. More specifically, you should you two different cleansers. This method is to ensure that your skin is truly clean. The first cleanser will clean your skin, remove any makeup and excess oils. The second cleanser will be geared towards your skin type and will address any concerns.
Who Should Double Cleanse?
If you have acne prone or oily skin, double cleansing is for you! Also, if you wear a lot of makeup or specifically foundation, double cleansing is for you! Live in a large city with high population and pollution? Yep, double cleansing is also for you.
If you tend to have very dry skin or wear minimal makeup, you can probably skip the extra step.
When Should I Double Cleanse
Double cleansing should happen in the evening. The purpose of double cleansing your face is to wash off the buildup and/or makeup from the day. Also, you don’t need to double cleanse everyday. If you have dry skin, or you haven’t worn any makeup that day, you could skip it.
How To Do The Double Cleansing Method?
When double cleansing, you should use two different cleansers. Your first face wash should be an oil-based wash. Then you should wash your face with a water-based cleanser.
You should first use an oil-based cleanser to remove any makeup, sunscreen, or pollution that may be on your face throughout the day. Air pollution can actually accumulate on your skin causing irritation, rashes, and breakouts.
Using an oil-based cleanser is an important first step because it wont be too harsh on your skin. Over washing your skin can lead to drying out and/or irritating your skin. You want to make sure that you maintain balance when it comes to your skin, that’s why using an oil cleanser is beneficial.
The oil-based cleanser that I use and love is the Midnight Oil Cleanser. It contains Marula Oil which is so beneficial to your skin! I actually did a whole blog post about why you should have Marula Oil in your skincare routine. You can read that blog post here.
After your first oil-based cleanse, then you use a water based cleanser. Applying your water based cleanser to your clean skin will allow it to penetrate more deeply into your skin. Use a great lathering wash that will get into your pores.
Since your face is already clean when applying your water-based cleanser, the great ingredients in that cleanser are able to do more work! For example, the cleanser I use and love is Dream Clean. Dream Clean has Aloe Vera in it which creates a shield to keep moisture in and pollutants out.
I also love it because Dream Clean is all natural. I’m picky about what products I put on my skin because we absorb everything. With that in mind, I want to use products that I know are non-toxic and use as few chemicals as possible. Dream Clean is a lathering cleanser which is unique for lathering cleansers. Usually soaps lather because of a chemical reaction but Dream Clean lathers because it uses a fruit extract, Soapberry. It also combats acne-causing bacteria and inhibits melanin production that reduces the appearance of age spots and sun damage.
If you have dry skin but wear makeup, and are wondering if the double cleanse method is for you, I suggest using a lotion based cleanser like Quench Cleanse
Quench Cleanse is a great option for dry skin because its a very gentle cleanser. It has a high percentage of Aloe Vera, Rose Water Water which also soothes and hydrates the skin. As well as Foraha Fruit Seed oil. This vegetable oil is proven to aid in the elimination of waste material and toxins from capillaries, helping support cell immunity and strengthen skin cell tissue.
Having dry skin doesn’t mean that you can’t use the double cleanse method, you just need to make sure you aren’t using any products that are too harsh.
I personally have dry skin and I LOVE the double cleansing method. You can see my whole skincare routine here.