We get it, it’s the end of the day and sometimes you don’t even have the energy to clean your face at all, but double cleansing makes a big difference in the health of your skin. So let’s break down why washing your face twice in the evenings is a must…
What is Double Cleansing and Why Do It?
You’re basically washing your face twice. The first wash is to loosen and remove all the debris sitting on our face. This is normally done with an oil-based cleanser. Oil-based cleansers help remove sebum, SPF and pollutants. Sunscreen, in particular, can be hard to break down with just regular soap and if not cleansed properly can leave a thin film on your skin. Next, wash your face with a water-based cleanser. This cleanser should be targeted towards your skin needs - for example, salicylic acid is a great ingredient in cleansers for people with oily or acne prone skin. This second cleanse will clean your skin down into your pores, which is great preparation for the active ingredients in your serums and moisturizers.
Double Cleansing for Different Skin Types
Double cleansing is beneficial for everyone. But, it’s most beneficial for those with oily skin and acne prone skin. Double cleansing controls excess oil and makes sure the bacteria is off the skin, preventing breakouts. Those with dry and sensitive skin may not see the need to double cleanse, but as long as you use gentle cleansers it will not harm your skin.
How to Double Cleanse
It is best to double cleanse at night, to remove all impurities that build up during the day, allowing your skin to breathe and rejuvenate as you sleep. Double cleansing in the morning is not recommended and unnecessary, as it will make your skin dry and strip the natural oils your skin needs.
- Oil-Based Cleanser
- Start your routine with an oil-based cleanser.
- Massage the cleanser all around the face for about a minute.
- Oil-based cleansers are ideal for all skin types, even oily ones.
- Water-Based Cleanser
- Once rinsing the oil-based cleanser and dirt off the face on the first round, you can move on to the water-based cleanser.
- Lather it up and also massage all around the face for about a minute.
- Rinse and pat dry the skin, gently.