Is it worth it? Is just a trend? Are brands just introducing double cleansing to make more sales?
In our opinion, after introducing it into our own routines, double cleansing is definitely a thing. Is it a trend? Don’t think so, it looks like it’s going to be here to stay. Whether it’s another product for more sales, well that’s an answer you need to come up with yourself.
What is double cleansing?
If you haven’t heard of double cleansing yet (we’re so excited for you), it’s cleansing that involves the use of a cleansing oil or balm to first break down make-up, SPF and sebum on the surface of the skin. We know full well that oil mixes with other oils better so it can very effectively and easily breakdown high oil-based products (e.g long wearing makeup, SPF, sebum). You’ll find that if you try to remove makeup with just an aqueous cleanser, you’ll find makeup residue on your towel. Then the second step is to use a water base cleanser to remove anything else that is left behind.
What are the benefits of double cleansing?
After a long day, all we want to do is have a quick wash and into bed ASAP. So how can we possible convince to take an extra minute to double cleanse? Well… with the benefits of course!! Cleansing first with an oil-based cleanser can help really thoroughly remove makeup, toxins, SPF, pollution and build-up. A face wipe alone won’t properly dislodge foundation and pollution particles. Without removing them completely it can still be covering pores, free radicals can still be present and you could be transferring all these gunk particles onto your pillow.
If you find yourself with another extra minute then get yourself a nice exfoliation, either chemically or physically. This will further help remove dead skin cells and help reveal new and brighten skin. Exfoliation will also help the leave on products like retinols, vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, etc. to penetrate and work more efficiently.
How do you double cleanse?
Easy, all you need is an extra minute. Leave your face dry to start off with. Grab any cleansing balm or oil and apply directly to your dry face. During this time, we like to give our face a nice rub and massage. Imagine that you’re trying to mix your makeup, residual SPF, impurities etc. with the oil-based cleanser. If you have makeup and you don’t look like a panda, you’re either not doing it right or the oil cleanser is just plain sh*t. Once you’re ready rinse your face with water, ideally lukewarm water (which will help melt waxes/butters and in turn the rinsing process). An effective cleansing oil/balm will emulsify when it comes in contact with water. This means the cleanser will turn milky immediately. This emulsification helps to rinse off the oil-based cleanser so you don’t feel like a glazed donut.
To remove any residual oil, use a gentle water-based cleanser to finish off a deep cleanse.
Now, you don’t necessarily need to do this day and night. Just if you’ve applied makeup, SPF, gone outside or feel a little congested. You could go without double cleansing in the morning but we highly recommend it at night.
Oil Based Cleansers
HDB’s Youth Refresh Hydrating Strawberry Antioxidant Cleanser all-natural botanical Youth Refresh Hydrating Strawberry Antioxidant Cleanser is effective at removing dirt, pollution and makeup whilst imparting hydrating and potent antioxidant properties
Hanskin’s Vitamin C Glow Powder Cleanser – This unique formula transforms from powder into a creamy cleanser as you add water. The papaya enzymes gently dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells and the surface of the skin for a “glass skin” appearance.
HDB’s Clean & Calm™ Gentle Rosehip Foaming Cleanser – is great for sensitive skin. Very gentle but still effective at removing excess oil, dirt and impurities from the skin. Won’t interrupt the skin’s natural pH balance.