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Cleansing twice is a low-effort way to majorly boost your skin’s health.
Cleansing your face sounds like a no-brainer, right? But what if I told you that double cleansing, or using two cleansers with unique formulations and purposes, can boost your entire skincare routine’s effectiveness? It might sound too easy to be true, but let me fill you in on why this skincare hackworks:
Double cleansing is a two-step method that involves cleansing your face twice, first with an oil-based cleanser and then with a water-based cleanser.
Step 1: Cleanse with an oil-based cleanser.
Step 2: Cleanse with a water-based cleanser.
The purpose of Step 1, or the oil-based cleanser, is to thoroughly break down all traces of dirt, excess oils, makeup, sunscreen, and other products so that your skin is prepped for Step 2, which is when you’ll focus on cleansing more deeply into the pores.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may be scoffing at using an oil-based cleanser. You might think this would make your skin more oily, but in actuality, adding the appropriate type of cleansing oil can help harmonize your skin’s oil-to-water balance.
PRO TIP: Always look for a cleansing oil that is non-comedogenic (a.k.a, won’t clog pores) and anti-inflammatory. (Keep reading for my favorite one!)
Next, Step 2, the water-based cleanser, can thoroughly cleanse and nourish the skin to give you a perfectly smooth and clean surface to apply your skincare products. Providing your skincare products with a prepped base will help them penetrate more deeply and, ultimately, be more effective.
Double Cleansing Tips:
What products should I use to double cleanse?
Step 1: Oil-Based Cleanser
Regarding Step 1, using an oil-based cleanser, I have one absolute favorite for all skin types:
This star cleansing oil contains:
I love that ISDIN created this oil-to-milk cleanser to gently cleanse, hydrate, and illuminate. I especially love the moisture-balancing properties that this cleanser has – this makes it an excellent choice forvirtually everyone.
To use, dispense a few pumps of cleansing oil on dry hands and massage the oil into your skin to break down any products. Next, add some water to your fingertips and continue to gently massage to create an emollient. Then, rinse the cleansing oil away with warm water and grab your second cleanser!
Step 2: Water-Based Cleanser
For Step 2, you want to choose a water-based cleanser suitable for your skin type and concerns.
If you have Normal - Dry Skin and Mature Skin:
If you have normal, dry, combination/dry, or mature skin, I recommend Revision’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser. This soothing cleanser is appropriate for most skin types, especially for dry or mature skin, and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth.
This versatile cleanser contains ingredients like:
PRO TIP: If your skin is extremely oily or acneic, try adding an acid-based toner like theGLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Triple Action Resurfacing Pads. These medical-grade treatment pads reduce acne and prevent future breakouts.
The Verdict On Double Cleansing
If you’ve never tried double cleansing, give this part of your routine a little TLC, and watch your skin thank you! You'll be helping to balance your skin’s natural oils, prevent breakouts, hydrate, and set the stage for ultimate product penetration. This all equates to your healthiest skin yet!