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Double cleansing is a thing. 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 products..
You only need to look at Korean, Japanese and even French skincare rituals to see how important
is. It’s one of the best things you can do for your skin, and double cleansing allows you to
process. A stellar cleansing routine means that you’re set up for (skincare) success, enhancing
treatments you applying after. Here are the do’s, don’ts and everything in between when it comes
perfecting your double cleansing routine.
Use a cleansing oil, balm or
milk as your first cleanse.These
are very good at dissolving even the most stubborn, longwearing makeup—plus they
inside the pore where oil and product tend to build up. Oil-based formulations also help balance
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
means the cleanser will be able to lift and melt everything off effectively. Oil dissolves oil
oil-based makeup and oil on the skin) and when you add water it’ll start to turn milky before
Use a foam or gel cleanser during your second cleansing step.Try using a gel
second, as this will ensure your skin is left squeaky clean by removing any traces of product.
cleanse won't require using a lot of product, the hard work is done with your first cleanse. The
Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser clears away makeup, pollution and impurities to ensure
your final step.
Use a foam, gel or exfoliating cleanser for both steps.This will strip or
exfoliate the skin. Instead, opt for two different formulas (oil, milk or balm first) to ensure
skin is deeply cleansed but not stripped of essential moisture.
Dry your face with a grubby towel that’s been sitting in your bathroom
this isn’t double cleansing-specific advice, but it’s advice you should heed, nonetheless. You
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
cleanse. Hot water will dry the delicate skin on your face out, resulting in a compromised skin
that’ll lose precious moisture at a more rapid rate.
Elemis Pro Collagen
BalmThis rich balm is perfect for those who want to treat themselves to
experience. The brand originated in spas and channels that wellness vibe in its high-performing
hero ingredient for Elemis is padina pavonica, a unique Mediterranean algae with proven
reparative benefits. The balm is free of mineral oil-free, and enriched with a combination of
mimosa wax, plus nourishing shea butter to melt away makeup, pollution and dirt particles in
OilInfused with coconut oil to melt away makeup and
green tea seed oil to restore the skin’s barrier, this rich oil transforms into a silky emulsion
with water. It’s super high in essential fatty acids, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and
Tatcha One Step
Cleansing OilA customer favourite for obvious reasons, this lightweight
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
nourishing ingredients that your skin will drink up. The brand’s signature Hadasei-3™ complex
anti-ageing trio of green tea, algae and rice) restores natural glow to the skin.
REN Perfect Canvas
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
uncomfortable. It’ll give you a good dose of antioxidants via grapeseed oil, while meadowfoam
mimics the skin’s natural oils, so things feel balanced post-cleanse.
Tatcha The Rice
WashThe newest launch from Japanese skincare brand Tatcha is a
gently effective, cream cleanser that washes away excess oil and makeup leaving your skin
feeling soft and
luminous. Like every product in Tatcha’s offering, this one harnesses a centuries-old Japanese
time using rice as an essential ingredient. Over the years, Japanese women have rinsed the
of rice in preparation for cooking—repurposing the leftover milky water within their beauty
milky water is filled with vitamins A, B12 and E, plus moisturising proteins that soften and
So, you can imagine why Tatcha’s latest cleanser is formulated with rice, as well as plethora of
superfoods, to replenish skin’s moisture levels while is cleanses.
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
binchotan charcoal to detoxify pores, niacinamide to
calm redness and red algae to protect skin from environmental nasties (like pollution).
Beste No. 9
Jelly CleanserOne of the unique things about this cleanser is it’s PH
5.5), which leaves your skin more resistant to breakouts and irritation (a win win). This jelly
made from natural surfactants (ingredients that dissolve oil) and is filled with hydrating
nourishing marula oil. And don’t be fooled by how gentle it feels, it can still remove stubborn
Enzyme Cleansing GelThis no-fuss, non-foaming gel cleanser is infused
with grapefruit and papaya enzymes that work to lightly exfoliate the surface of the
skin--leaving it feeling smoother, softer and brighter. It's the perfect option for all skin
types and those that want to keep things simple.
Learn more about balm cleansers here.
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