WHAT IS DOUBLE CLEANSING?
“Double cleansing is literally what it says on the tin, cleanse once and cleanse again,” Caroline tells us. “The first cleanse is to remove makeup, SPF and grime and the second is to clean your skin.” Contrary to what you might think, double cleansing is nothing new. “The double cleansing method dates back as far as the 14th century and originated in Asia,” explains brand founder Tata Harper. In this Korean skincare routine, “Women would use a cleansing oil to remove their heavy makeup and follow with a foaming cleanser,” adds Tata, and this K-beauty cleansing rule has followed through to today.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOUBLE CLEANSING?
SPF, longwear or sweat-proof makeup, and even layers of foundation create a barrier that needs to be removed at the end of the day. But before this, “You have a first layer of dirt and debris on your skin that accumulates throughout the day and needs to be removed before you can really clean your skin,” says Tata.
“Environmental pollutants in the air combine with your skin's naturally sticky sebum (oil) secretions to form a thick, slick, waxy coating by the middle of the day. If, like most people, you only spend about 20 seconds cleansing with standard face washes or makeup removal wipes, you’re unlikely to get through this waxy layer,” explains Victoria Evans, UK education manager at Dermalogica.
Double cleansing is all about effectively removing daily build-up of product and grime. By not cleansing properly, the rest of your routine is essentially redundant as your favourite serums won’t be able to penetrate properly.
HOW TO DOUBLE CLEANSE
When it comes to the best way to double cleanse, there are two schools of thought. The K-beauty route recommends starting with an oil-based cleanser to dissolve any dirt, grime and makeup, before going in with a cream or foam cleanser to give your pores a deep cleanse. We highly recommend Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser, € 93,00 followed by the bestselling The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, € 9,60.
If this sounds like too much effort after a long day at the office, you can double cleanse with your usual formula. “Skin Rocks The Cream Cleanser, € 40,00 is perfect for this, as it is formulated to remove makeup, SPF and grime, but is also a brilliant second cleanse as it leaves your skin fresh, clean and comfortable,” says Caroline. There is a fragrance and a fragrance-free version to cater to all skin types and preferences too.
Should you invest in a cleansing brush? “I am not a fan of cleansing devices as I think using your hands is sufficient,” says Caroline. “I like to use a warm, damp flannel to remove my cleanser.”
What Are The Best Double Cleansing Products?
As with all skincare products, when it comes to finding the best double cleansing products you need to consider your skin type. If you have sensitive and/or acne-prone skin, don't be tempted to go hard with AHA and BHA cleansers as you will cause more irritation. Instead, opt for clarifying formula like Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser, € 93,00, followed by a gentle cream cleanser such as Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, € 16,00.
Keen to find a cleanser specifically for your skin type? Check out our helpful skincare guides tailored to every skin type, here. You can also find the best cleanser for you using our Skincare Matches tool.
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