Double cleansing seems to be endorsed by both Korean and American skincare gurus alike, making headlines in the recent years. However, what is there to this trend? Is it a necessary step or just a fad?
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What is double cleansing?
If the name isn’t already a dead giveaway, double cleansing is the act of cleaning your face, twice. The first round lifts the dirt, grime and oil off your face, while the second round gets it all off. Ta-da! A clean canvas to work with for your nighttime routine.
How do I double cleanse?
For the first cleanse, you want to use an oil-based cleanser or a micellar water to remove the sebum and makeup from your face. These break down the nasties, without stripping moisture from your skin.
After that, you go in with a good ol’ fashioned cleanser to really get into your pores and give them a thorough clean. Remove with water, and you’re good to go. If your skin is feeling squeaky clean after the wash, that probably means your cleanser is too stripping.
Why are the benefits of double cleansing?
First and foremost, you get a really good cleanse. Removing all the makeup, sebum and dirt from your skin reduces the chances of clogged pores and acne, which, let’s be honest, no one wants!
Secondly, without any residue, your skincare products will be able to penetrate into your skin deeper and better, and will be more effective. Follow up your double cleanse with a toner to restore the balance to your skin and prep your skin for the rest of your products.
Who should double cleanse?
Even if you don’t wear makeup on a regular basis, double cleansing is a great way to get rid of all the dirt and pollution that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. Those with acne-prone, oily or combination skin would find double cleansing extremely beneficial. It’ll help remove the excess sebum from your face, and leave just the essential natural face oils behind.
However, if your skin borders sensitive or dry, double cleansing may not be a good idea as it may leave your already dry face overly dry. Stick to a regular cleanse instead
Double cleanse: necessary or not?
Double cleansing isn’t necessary, but is a great addition to any skincare routine, especially if you have troubled skin. For best results, double cleanse at night. Keep those face oils by just washing your face with water in the morning!
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