Education, Wellness / Self-Care

Does your Skincare routine need double cleansing?

Try it before you knock it.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jun 1, 2022

Prior to taking on grooming and skincare writing, I never used to have a skincare routine. I would simply splash my face with water, apply Olay and go about my day. Now, my routine, although still minimal, includes a really gentle facial cleanser. I love the way my current products lather on my skin and provides an ultra-luxe clean feeling. The nature of my job yields to a lot of question answering for close friends and random strangers. The latest question that has entered my inbox and cell phone is: What is double cleansing, and should I be doing it?


What is double cleansing?

The foundation for healthy skin starts with clean skin, as well as the products and techniques you are utilizing on your skin everyday. And because your skin risks become damaged from pollution, debris, sweat, sunscreen, makeup, and anything else that goes on your face, it must be cleaned every single morning and night.


A facial cleanser will help remove the dirt accumulated throughout the day while nourishing the skin. Double cleansing is as simple as it sounds, washing your face twice, back-to-back. Derived from Asia, it’s been used for centuries to properly remove anything from your face. It was started to remove makeup off the face after large scale events.


It basically ensures that your skin is completely cleansed, as it provides a better and more effective cleanse than just cleaning once. It’s a great way to ensure healthy skin.


What are the benefits?

The biggest benefit is that the method thoroughly cleanses your skin. It’s especially great if you live in a big populated city, where smog and car exhaust can cause wrinkles, pigment changes, and signs of premature aging. By double cleansing, you protect the acid mantle and act as an armor against damage. You’ll essentially have that squeaky clean feeling.


Lastly, when you double cleanse, the second washing can act as a massage to get the full benefits. It allows the nutrients to further penetrate your skin.


How should you double cleanse?

Step 1: Oil Cleanser

Apply an oil-based cleanser to the skin and massage to help dissolve any sunscreen or excess oil. Oil-based cleansers have an emulsifier, and when it is used in tandem with water, it has a milky-type effect, so your oil cleanser rinses out nicely.


Step 2: Foaming Cleanser

Next, opt for a water-based cleanser to moisten the skin and add hydration. Massage into skin to prevent breakouts and rinse off. With lukewarm water, pat your skin dry. This type of cleanser will also penetrate the pores deeper. By double cleansing, you will also help to hydrate the skin without stripping it of natural oils.


Step 3: Toner

This step is optional, but you can reach for a pH-balanced toner to rejuvenate your skin. The pH of water is 7, and skin is at a 5, but the natural pH level is restored with toner. It will also help your products sink in and absorb better.


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