Double cleansing is a popular skincare technique with a growing fanbase for its benefits to the skin. But what is double cleansing in the first place, and how does it work? Do you need any unique skincare products to double cleanse?
What Is Double Cleansing?
Double cleansing is the method of using two different cleansers as part of your nighttime skincare routine. The first step of this method is using a cleansing oil to melt away any lingering sunscreen, makeup, and build-up from your day.
After using your oil cleanser properly, a second foaming cleanser is used to ensure there are no lingering traces left behind for skin that’s left clean and ready for the rest of your skincare routine.
This two-step cleansing technique is a must-do part of your skincare routine if you wear makeup or sunscreen every day - here’s why.
How Does Double Cleansing Benefit Skin?
It’s thought that double cleansing is an incredibly effective yet gentle way to remove impurities and excess breakout-causing particles from skin. A Korean study1 found that among all participants, those who double cleansed were far less likely to have breakouts than those who had never had acne.
This might be because an oil cleanser is incredibly effective at removing excess sebum - and anything that might stick to that sebum, such as acne-causing bacteria and lingering makeup.
Do You Double Cleanse Morning and Night?
Double cleansing is a technique that’s best left for nighttime use only. That’s the time of day that you’ll need it most to sweep away any lingering makeup, sunscreen, and pollution particles on your skin!
How to Double Cleanse
Massage your oil cleanser onto a dry face to melt down makeup and deeply cleanse your skin. Rinse away your oil cleanser with water - it should turn milky and rinse away easily. Follow up with a gentle cleanser to whisk away any final traces of makeup, and that’s your double cleansing routine! Now, your skin is ready for the rest of your skincare products.