Your Go-To Guide For How To Double Cleanse Like A Pro

Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like: cleansing your face twice. But you do it with two different products – one needs to be water-based and the other oil-based.

The purpose behind the method is to ensure the skin receives a thorough cleanse. Dirt and excess oil build-up lead to pesky blemishes and breakouts and double cleansing is a way to keep your complexion spotlessly clean. But, when practising the art of double cleansing, we have to be careful not to strip the skin of too many oils. Natural oils are needed to keep the skin from drying out and damaging its barrier.

So, how do we maintain a balance while keeping our skin freshly clean? Choose your two cleansers according to your skin type.

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For dry skin, try:

First cleanser: Elemis Pro-Collagen Summer Bloom Cleansing Balm
Second cleanser: Uriage Thermal Micellar Water

Dry skin types need a lot of additional nourishment, so for your first cleanser, choose one with ingredients that moisturise the skin while cleansing it. Your second cleanser will need to be a lightweight, water-based formula that clears the skin of any traces of make-up without drying it out even more. Your skin should feel properly cleansed after your double-cleansing experience, not tight and uncomfortable.

For oily skin, try:

First cleanser: Garnier Even + Matte Vitamin C Gel Wash
Second cleanser: L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash

If you have an oily skin type, the last thing you want is an oil-based cleanser to clog up pores. Stick to a lightweight gel-like cleanser to remove initial traces of make-up and follow with a gentle clay-based wash to soothe any inflammation.

For mature skin, try:

First cleanser: Clarins Total Cleansing Oil
Second cleanser: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Hydrating Foam Cleanser

Those with a mature skin type should opt for a cleansing oil that helps tick all the boxes of youthful-looking skin: it needs to enhance radiance, firmness and leave the skin feeling hydrated after use. For your second cleanser, we suggest a hydrating foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Choose one that contains nourishing ingredients and boosts hydration.

For sensitive or blemish-prone skin, try:

First cleanser: Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser
Second cleanser: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Sensitive

Sensitive and blemish-prone skin types need to be extra careful when double cleansing as the last thing you’d want is to trigger sensitivity or a breakout. Choose cleansers that have soothing properties and focus on maintaining the skin’s pH levels. Do a patch test on both products to see if you are susceptible to a reaction (although this is highly unlikely). 

Good To Know

For the micellar waters, use cotton pads to cleanse your face. Remember, double cleansing isn’t a necessary step in your skincare routine. It’s our job to tell you about the latest (and most effective) skincare trends!

Do you double cleanse? Would you double cleanse? Tell us in the comments section below.

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