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Is Double Cleansing Still Beneficial If You're Makeup-Free?

Every day, our skin comes into contact with a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor pollutants. Add makeup, sunscreen, and sweat to the mix and you can see what a big a job your cleanser has. That's why Koreans (the very people who popularized the concept of double cleansing), rely on this method as the first step in their famous multi-layered skincare routine. They firmly believe that double cleansing is the only way to create a completely clean slate for the rest of your products to work. 

But given the fact that many of us have forgone our makeup routines altogether as of late, is double cleansing still really necessary? We dive into the benefits of the practice below, and whether you should still consider making it a part of your daily routine or not. 

What is Double Cleansing? 

Double cleansing is a two-step cleansing method that relies on an oil-based cleanser (like a cleansing balm) or micellar water (which is made up of tiny clusters of oil molecules) as a first cleanse and a water-based cleanser as a second. The heavier, oil-based cleanser breaks down makeup, oil, residue left over from pollutants, and other oil-soluble debris while the water-based cleanser goes deep into pores to remove any lingering bacteria, sweat, dead skin cells, and other water-soluble impurities. 


Why Should I Double Cleanse? 

Think about it. At the end of the day, your skin has been through a lotmuch of which isn't even visible to the naked eye. Ever used a toner pad after you've washed your face and thought it was squeaky clean, only to look down at the pad to find residue leftover? Then you get it. Oil attracts oil—like a magnet, it sucks up makeup and more—and water breaks down water (such as sweat and dead skin). When you double cleanse, you rid your skin of all residue and makeup that sat on top of it for the entire day, leaving nothing behind. 

Unless your skin is on the dryer side and double cleansing doesn't work for you, the practice is still effective whether you wear makeup or not. That first cleanse is vital to remove all oil-based residue (not just makeup), including sunscreen—which we should be wearing daily—and pollutants. 

Incorporating double cleansing into your routine is particularly helpful in the PM (although you can choose to double cleanse twice a day) as it ensures that all the products and treatments you use to exfoliate and refine your skin overnight actually get a chance to work. With truly clean skin and clear pores, the active ingredients in your serums and treatments can more effectively penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and work their magic.  


What Do I Use?

Start with an oil-based cleanser or balm. Our Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm is ideal for all skin types (yes, even the oily ones) and nourishes skin while washing away the day’s grime. Just be sure to really massage it into skin for a good minute.

Follow it up with a gentle, non-toxic cleanser (we like our Wash It Out Gel Cleanser– it’s free of soaps and sulfates and gets the job done). If you're short on time or just not in the mood to wash your face, swipe on our Baby Cheeks Hydrating Milk. Lather it up, massage it in, and spend a little extra time one those areas that tend to get oily or clogged pores, like around the nose and chin. Finish with a rinse of lukewarm water to keep skin calm (especially important if you suffer from breakouts, rosacea, or eczema). 

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