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Double cleansing is a thing. We know, we know, it takes time, but now that you have more time at home,
there's no excuses. We hear the term bandied about but it’s not implicit what the benefits are. Put simply,
it’s a two-step process. The first involves purifying your face of makeup, pollution, dirt, debris, even
sunscreen—basically anything found in your pores and on the surface of the skin at the end of the day.
The second step ensures anything that wasn’t removed in the first step is washed away (including leftover
cleanser residue). The end result? Skin that’s gloriously clean and ready to absorb your next skincare
You only need to look at Korean, Japanese and even French skincare rituals to see how important cleansing
is. It’s one of the best things you can do for your skin, and double cleansing allows you to maximise the
process. A stellar cleansing routine means that you’re set up for (skincare) success, enhancing the
treatments you applying after. Here are the do’s, don’ts and everything in between when it comes to
perfecting your double cleansing routine.
Use a cleansing oil, balm or
milk as your first cleanse.These formulations
are very good at dissolving even the most stubborn, longwearing makeup—plus they can get
inside the pore where oil and product tend to build up. Oil-based formulations also help balance the amount
of oil on your skin while they cleanse, so they also work for those with shiny complexions.
Apply your cleansing oil or balm with dry hands to start with and then add water.This
means the cleanser will be able to lift and melt everything off effectively. Oil dissolves oil (both
oil-based makeup and oil on the skin) and when you add water it’ll start to turn milky before your final
Use a foam or gel cleanser during your second cleansing step.Try using a gel or foam
second, as this will ensure your skin is left squeaky clean by removing any traces of product. Your second
cleanse won't require using a lot of product, the hard work is done with your first cleanse. The new Summer
Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser clears away makeup, pollution and impurities to ensure a thorough clean as
your final step.
Use a foam, gel or exfoliating cleanser for both steps.This will strip or over
exfoliate the skin. Instead, opt for two different formulas (oil, milk or balm first) to ensure that your
skin is deeply cleansed but not stripped of essential moisture.
Dry your face with a grubby towel that’s been sitting in your bathroom forever.Sure,
this isn’t double cleansing-specific advice, but it’s advice you should heed, nonetheless. You never know
what kind of microorganisms are lingering in your towel, particularly in a cold damp bathroom, so use a
clean dry face washer or tissue your skin dry.
Use really hot water.Always use tepid water, particularly if you're doing a double
cleanse. Hot water will dry the delicate skin on your face out, resulting in a compromised skin barrier
that’ll lose precious moisture at a more rapid rate.
Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing
BalmThis rich balm is perfect for those who want to treat themselves to a sensorial
experience. The brand originated in spas and channels that wellness vibe in its high-performing skincare. A
hero ingredient for Elemis is padina pavonica, a unique Mediterranean algae with proven anti-ageing and
reparative benefits. The balm is free of mineral oil-free, and enriched with a combination of rose and
mimosa wax, plus nourishing shea butter to melt away makeup, pollution and dirt particles in pores.
OilInfused with coconut oil to melt away makeup and impurities, plus
green tea seed oil to restore the skin’s barrier, this rich oil transforms into a silky emulsion when mixed
with water. It’s super high in essential fatty acids, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and restored.
Tatcha One Step Camellia
Cleansing OilA customer favourite for obvious reasons, this lightweight oil easily
removes makeup and sunscreen without congesting the skin. It’s infused with Japanese camellia oil, which is
rich in oleic acid, omegas 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B, D and E—in other words a cocktail of
nourishing ingredients that your skin will drink up. The brand’s signature Hadasei-3™ complex (an
anti-ageing trio of green tea, algae and rice) restores natural glow to the skin.
REN Perfect Canvas Clean
Jelly Oil CleanserThe latest launch from clean and conscious skincare brand REN, this
jelly-meets-oil cleanser is designed to remove makeup quickly without leaving the skin feeling tight or
uncomfortable. It’ll give you a good dose of antioxidants via grapeseed oil, while meadowfoam seed oil
mimics the skin’s natural oils, so things feel balanced post-cleanse.
Shiseido Complete Cleansing
MicrofoamThis frothy face wash has garnered fans around the globe for its ability to
deeply clean and leave skin baby-soft. A combination of rice germ oil and mineral spring water help to clean the surface of the skin while
keeping the skin barrier intact.
SuperfoliantThis exfoliating cleanser is gentle enough to use every
day and contains enzymes that softly resurface skin by digesting unwanted dead skin cells. It also contains
binchotan charcoal to detoxify pores, niacinamide to
calm redness and red algae to protect skin from environmental nasties (like pollution).
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9
Jelly CleanserOne of the unique things about this cleanser is it’s PH balanced (at
5.5), which leaves your skin more resistant to breakouts and irritation (a win win). This jelly formula is
made from natural surfactants (ingredients that dissolve oil) and is filled with hydrating glycerine and
nourishing marula oil. And don’t be fooled by how gentle it feels, it can still remove stubborn makeup.
Dr. Dennis Gross All-In-One
Facial Cleanser With TonerThis one is for the fuss-free types. Used by Dr. Gross for
all his in-clinic treatments, this multitasking cleanser harnesses the power of witch hazel to tone the skin
(witch hazel also strengthens capillaries) as well as chamomile and vitamin E to soothe, calm and chill out
Learn more about balm cleansers here.
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