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I first heard about double cleansing a while ago but since I’m a minimalist by nature I didn’t pay much attention to it. Then, I saw a beauty industry friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in a few months. Her complexion was radiant and she said it was the result of double cleansing. If you’ve ever swiped a toner pad or peel pad across your complexion and noticed residue left behind, you’ll want to do it too.
For most things, I’m a big believer in the less is more philosophy, but when it comes to my complexion I do like to make sure I’m doing all I can to look my best and it appears that the benefits of double cleansing would help me do just that. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like — washing your face twice. This two-step process usually starts with a cleansing oil and is followed by a foam cleanser so that makeup, pollution and grime are gently, yet effectively, removed from your skin any skincare products you apply afterwards are better absorbed so they work more effectively.
*Tip: Do make sure that the cleansers you choose are gentle to prevent over cleansing and drying out your complexion.
1) Massage your cleansing oil into your complexion in an upwards, circular motion, paying special attention to any congested areas. Then, add warm water to emulsify, massage a bit more, and rinse away. An oil-based cleanser will remove oil-based debris like sebum, oil-based makeup and sun protection.
2) Apply a gentle foam cleanser to your skin and massage in an upwards and gentle circular motion before rinsing clean to wash away water-based debris such as dirt and sweat.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser ($68) cleanses, nourishes and protects as it minimizes dryness, uneven texture and fine lines and wrinkles. It contains oils including Sachi Inchi, Apricot Kernel, Sunflower Seed and Argan Kernel Oils, a blend of Esters such as Shea Butter Ethyl and Jojoba Esters, and a mix of Extracts including Arnica, Borage Leaf and Calendula Flower Extracts.
Belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched ($34) is formulated with special herbs to soothe, soften and nourish and Olive and Macademia Nut Oils to smooth and moisturize. It has a lightweight gel texture to protect and lock in moisture as it cleanses without stripping so the skin rediscovers its radiant glow.
Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser ($30) deep cleans pores to prevent breakouts, yet won’t strip moisture from the skin. Use it to cleanse, exfoliate, clarify and hydrate and expect your skin to feel and look refreshed and silky smooth.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser ($26) promotes clean, glowing and luminous skin thanks to Coconut and fatty acids to help balance your complexion, Cottonseed for a soft and smooth feel and Katafray Bark Extract to lock in moisture. This mild formula is lightweight, refreshing and won’t cause irritation.
NOTE: All products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.