Wash, rinse, repeat. We tout this tactic for perfect hair, so it only seems natural that it’s the key to flawless skin. We’re getting to the bottom of the nitty gritty topic of double cleansing your skin — which products to use for double cleansing and whether or not dry skin types should be using this technique.
What is double cleansing?
Double cleansing is a skincare technique that uses a two-step washing regimen to fully remove makeup, SPF, and environmental pollution. To double cleanse, first wash with an oil-based product and then follow with a water-based cleanser. It is best to double cleanse at night after a full day of makeup, sunscreen and exposure. Double cleaning in the morning would only remove your nighttime beauty routine, which doesn’t require a double cleanse.
How to double cleanse
If you have dry to normal skin, you can still double cleanse. The first step involves removing products with an oil cleanser or micellar water to lift and remove makeup or buildup. From here, you cleanse your face with your go-to face wash to clean your pores and prep the skin for your skincare routine. The act of double cleansing might seem tedious. Still, it is essential for those who wear makeup and sunscreen or live in large cities where skin is exposed to environmental pollutants that can cause damage to the skin barrier.
If your skin type is on the oily side and you’re prone to breakouts, skip any oil cleansers and use your trusted face wash twice to remove makeup and cleanse the skin.
The benefits of double cleansing:
It might seem repetitive, but by entirely removing makeup and then cleansing the face, you set your skin up for success. A clean palette allows whatever you put on your skin next to absorb and work as it’s supposed to fully.
What products to use:
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