Do It Again: The Benefits of Double Cleansing
Every day our skin comes into contact with a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor pollutants add makeup to the mix, sweat of course, 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 ever important first step of their famous multi-step, 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. No objections here.
What is Double Cleansing?
Double cleansing is a two-step cleansing method that relies on an oil-based cleanser (like a cleansing balm or oil) or micellar water (made up of tiny clusters of oil molecules) as the first cleanse. The heavier, oil-based cleanser breaks down makeup, oil, residue left over from pollutants that sit on the surface of the skin, and other oil-soluble debris. Next, a water-based cleanser comes in to go deep into pores to remove any lingering bacteria, sweat, dead skin cells and other water-soluble impurities.
Why Should I Double Cleanse?
Still not convinced? Think about it. At the end of the day, your skin has been through a lot—much of which isn't even visible to the naked eye. Ever used a toner pad after you've washed your face, thought it was squeaky clean, only to look down at the pad to find residue left over? Then you get it. Oil attracts oil (like a magnet, sucking up makeup and more). Water breaks down water (sweat, dead skin etc.). When you double cleanse, you leave nothing behind. and rid your skin of virtually all residue and makeup that sat on top of it for the entire day, all of the PM 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 really penetrate into deeper 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). 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).