As vital as it is, facial cleansing is often neglected and although many people take the time to wash every morning and night, it’s important to consider how effective that cleansing really is. If you want to achieve deep, total cleansing, read on and discover the secrets of double cleansing.
What is double cleansing?
Double cleansing is a simple way to wash that, as the name suggests, refers to washing your skin twice instead of just once. The first cleanse works on the surface, removing makeup and skincare product residue. The second wash provides truly deep cleansing for your skin.
Sure, double cleansing adds an extra step to your evening skincare routine, but it doesn’t necessarily have to take a lot more time. Once you’ve removed your makeup and your skin is clean, the products you apply will be absorbed more easily, speeding up that final step.
This technique is only really used at night because you don’t generally have makeup on your face in the mornings, so there’s no need to wash twice.
Why use double cleansing?
Why wash twice? Well, the reason is simple. Makeup and other skincare products (like sunscreen) leave residue on your skin and if you don’t remove them, they act as a barrier, preventing your skin from being thoroughly cleaned underneath. Without all that makeup and other residue, your cleanser will have a much better chance of doing its job properly.
Double cleansing is especially beneficial on days when your makeup is heavy or when you’ve applied a lot of other products to your skin during the day.
How to double cleanse properly…
Double cleansing is as easy as it sounds. But, to get the best results, you have to use the right products for your skin type.
For dry or sensitive skin: use a non-drying cleansing oil or balm to remove your makeup and other impurities. Then wash your face with a cleanser featuring moisturizing agents like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid or green tea.
For oily or acne-prone skin: remove your makeup with oil-free micellar water and then wash your skin with a cleanser containing anti-inflammatory ingredients like vitamin E or glycolic acid.
For combination or normal skin: use a nutrient-rich cleansing oil or balm to remove all your makeup and accumulated residue. Then wash your face completely using a pH-balanced product.
Once you have the right products, just follow these simple steps:
- Apply makeup remover to your face using your fingers or a cotton ball.
- Gently massage your face with the product and remember: always end your makeup removal around your eyes to avoid spreading your makeup over the rest of your face.
- Remove any oil, balm or makeup with a clean, damp cloth.
- Apply your cleanser by gently massaging your entire face, as you would a mask.
- Finish by rinsing with cool water to tighten your pores and that’s it, you’re doubly cleansed!
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