Do you need to double cleanse your skin? The cleansing method explained

Washing your face with two types of cleansers is said to properly remove your makeup.
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Double cleansing is the less talked about secret to clearer skin. The repetitive action of cleansing twice may seem pointless to some, but there is some merit to this method.

Originating in the K-beauty sphere, double cleansing, essentially, refers to washing your face twice. However, before you whip out your favourite face wash for a rinse and repeat, it’s important to note that the process involves the use of two types of cleansers.

Starting with a balm or oil to melt down makeup, sebum and sunscreen, the cleansing process is followed up with a foam, gel or cream cleanser to penetrate pores and tackle deeper impurities.

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While a simple swipe of micellar water may work as a first step for no-makeup-just-SPF days, oftentimes, the makeup removing liquid won’t quite cut it. Emulsifying an oil-based formula on the face prior to going in with a regular cleanse allows the second cleanse to penetrate deeper whilst removing the surface layer of makeup and grime.

As an evening skincare step (no need to double cleanse in the morning!), serums and moisturisers applied afterwards will also perform better on the skin.

Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Cleansing Balm (Credit: Sephora)

Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Cleansing Balm, $42 at Paula’s Choice

Enriched with omegas 3, 6 and 9, this fragrance free cleansing balm is a perfect intro to double cleansing. Supported by fatty acids, this barrier-repairing formula keeps the skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.


Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original (Credit: Adore Beauty)

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original, $32 at Adore Beauty

An OG favourite in the K-beauty world, the Banila Clean It Zero is the cleanser that started it all. Starting off solid, warm up the formula in your hands and you’re ready to cleanse! Better yet, it’s known to melt even the toughest of mascaras.

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Oil (Credit: L’Occitane)

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Oil, $49 at L’Occitane

Step up your double-cleansing routine with a nourishing oil. When applied to a dry face, L’Occitane’s Cleansing Oil melts down your makeup and sunscreen. With skin-loving ingredients like castor and sunflower oil, expect glowing skin with continued use.


Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil (Credit: Adore Beauty)

Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil , $45 at Adore Beauty

Jurlique’s lightweight sunflower oil and lemon balm infused Cleansing Oil is suitable for all skin types. With a light spa-like scent, indulge in your new cleansing ritual.


Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil (Credit: Paula’s Choice)

Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil, $42 at Paula’s Choice

Another PC classic, the Perfect Cleansing Oil is the ‘perfect’ blend of plant actives which emulsify into a milky texture when in contact with water.


Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm (Credit: Mecca)

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm, $83 at Mecca

Sunday Riley’s rich, spa-like cleansing balm combines moringa butter, cocoa butter and blue tansy for the ultimate luxury cleansing experience. Indulge in the soothing effects of German chamomile and nourishing butter blends.


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