Cleansing is the first and arguably the most important step in any skincare routine. At the end of a long day, there is no better feeling than removing your makeup and knowing that you are cleansing away the pollution and bacteria that has accumulated on your skin throughout the day. It is these environmental aggressors that contribute towards a number of skin complaints including breakouts, premature ageing and hyperpigmentation. This is where double cleansing can help.
What is double cleansing?
Double cleansing involves washing your face using two different kinds of cleansers. The first being an oil-based cleanser, or micellar water and the second being a water-soluble cream, gel or lotion that is targeted to work with your specific skin type.
The process of a double cleanse is a very thorough way of removing any impurities from deep within your pores. It isn’t necessary to double cleanse twice a day as over-washing your face can lead to dryness and irritation, however, double cleansing is recommended for your final evening cleanse.
How do you double cleanse?
Firstly, use a micellar cleansing water or a cleansing oil to break down the initial layer of makeup, oil and dirt from your face. Use a cotton pad saturated in product to remove all of the visible makeup from your face. This may take a few goes before all traces of waterproof eye makeup and base makeup is removed. Once you’ve done this, massage your favourite cleanser into your skin for a few minutes and follow on with a deeper and more thorough cleanse with a warm flannel.
What are the benefits of double cleansing?
Double cleansing is ideal for people who wear heavy makeup or use waterproof eye makeup products, as the process ensures all traces of product and oil are removed from your skin effectively. By double cleansing, you are removing dead skin cells and impurities from your skin that may lead to pesky breakouts and dullness.
The best cleansers to double cleanse with
Interested in introducing double cleansing to your skincare routine? Here are some of the best double cleansers to try, as recommended by our skincare experts.
The best ‘all in one’ double cleansers
Suitable for all skin types, The INKEY List Oil and Water Double Cleanser removes all traces of makeup. The bi-phase formula combines an oil and water layer to dislodge and remove particles of makeup and impurities. Without leaving you skin feeling dry, or irritated, the gentle blend of sea buckthorn and sweet almond oil nourishes your skin whilst removing stubborn makeup.