Should you double cleanse?

What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is a form of cleansing that originated in Asia thousands of years ago. Traditionally, double cleansing involves using an oil based cleanser first, to break down makeup and buildup, and then a water based cleanser to cleanse your skin.

What are the benefits of double cleansing?

Double cleansing is very helpful at removing makeup and sunscreen more thoroughly, reducing the risk of acne caused by product buildup. Double cleansing also increases the overall effectiveness of your cleansers, especially your second cleanser.

How do you double cleanse? 

Start with a generous amount of an oil or cream based cleanser, usually on dry skin, to break down any makeup or sunscreen. Add a bit of water to emulsify the product, and work into your skin in circular and upwards motions for 30-60 seconds. Rinse with warm water. Take a small amount of your second cleanser, typically a cream or water based cleanser, and work into damp skin in circular and upwards motions for 30-60 seconds. Rinse with warm water.

Can you double cleanse with the same product?

Theoretically, you can, but it may not work as well, especially if you’re using a water based foaming cleanser twice. The reason oil based cleansers are recommended as your first cleanse is because they are typically more effective at breaking down the ingredients in makeup and sunscreens than water based cleansers are. Plus, using a water based foaming cleanser twice in a row may overly strip your skin and cause irritation.

Should you double cleanse every day?

Yes, you should be double cleansing every day, especially in the evening, and if you wear makeup or sunscreen (everyone should be wearing sunscreen everyday, too). Some skin professionals also like to double cleanse in the morning, too, which may be more beneficial for acneic and oily skin.

 

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