Every once in a while, a skincare trend emerges just out of nowhere. Some good, some bad, and some just bizarre. Recently we’ve seen a rise in double cleansing and double cleansers. This new trend also confused the hell out of me because it initially didn’t even make any sense and I honestly thought it was counterproductive because I didn’t get the science behind it. But now I know better and I’ll be explaining all you should know about double cleansing and why double cleansing might be the extra push for you to achieve the skin of your dreams.
What is Double Cleansing?
Double Cleansing is the name implies is simply cleansing your skin twice. The first step involves the use of an oil-based cleanser to remove dirt, makeup, sunscreen, other oil based residues from the skin. If you think this makes no sense you are not alone. I always imagined using an oil or oil-based cleanser would clog my pores and make me break out. But then I tried it and found it awesome.
This first method works because like attracts like. The oil-based cleanser will bind to oil on the skin, makeup, sunscreen and draw them out when rinsed off with water. This enables a more effective second round of cleansing this time with the use of a water-based cleanser. This water-based cleanser would of course be your regular cleanser you were using before you discovered the awesomeness that is oil cleansing.
Benefits of Double Cleansing
If you haven’t noticed, the world has moved on from makeup wipes. I never understood why they were a thing in the first place. Those things dealt with my skin. I would rub and rub and my eyes would hurt but my mascara would go nowhere. Oil Cleansing and double cleansing has eliminated the need for makeup wipes. With oil cleansing, even the toughest of eye makeup is bound to bow in minutes.
Double Cleansing also have exfoliation benefits. It helps to remove dead skin particles from the skin. Which in turn helps other products penetrate and absorb better. This helps the skin look radiant and dull.
If you wear sunscreen and you should, double cleansing is about the only thing that will effectively remove your leftover sunscreen completely without stripping and irritating your skin. That tends to happen when you attempt to get rid of sunscreen at the end of the day using a water-based cleanser because most aren’t effective at removing oil-based dirt and grime.
If you have oily skin, you may find water-based cleansers not good enough and even when they finally get the job done, they are too stripping. Double Cleansing erases the need for that squeaky clean feeling from regular cleansing after scrubbing too hard.
When to Double Cleanse
Double Cleansing is ideally done at the end of the day. Why? Because at the end of the day is when the skin is likely to be covered in makeup, sunscreen, dirt and other pollutants. Some people double cleanse in the morning too but I’ve never found the need for it. It’s not like I wear makeup or sunscreen to sleep. I also find regular water-based cleansers good enough for the thin film of sebum I get when I wake up in the morning.