Here’s Why You Should Be Double-Cleansing Your Skin

A good skincare regime includes many steps- cleansing, toning, use a serum, an eye cream and finally a moisturizer. Each of these steps is very important and plays a huge role in keeping your skin looking young and glowing. However, if there was one step that was probably more important than all the other ones, it would be cleansing.

Cleansing your skin removes impurities, gets all that gunk out of your pores and allows the products you use next to seep in better. If you don’t clean your skin properly, your toner, serum and moisturizer will just sit on the surface of your skin and won’t penetrate it deeper. This means that all the money you spend on these expensive products will be in vain because they won’t be able to do their job. With cleansing being so important in skincare, it would make sense then to pay special attention to it. Beauty experts say that the most effective way to cleanse your skin is to clean it thoroughly-twice.

What Is Double Cleansing?

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If there was one group of women who you can depend on for the best skincare advice, it would be the Koreans. Koreans have perfected the art of skincare and the results are obvious in their flawless, eternally youthful faces. Do the rest of us mere mortals even stand a chance to get skin as beautiful as theirs? Luckily, not all of it comes down to genetics. Most Korean women follow an extensive 10-step beauty regime, which is a big reason for why their skin looks so radiant all the time. The first step in this mammoth regime is double cleansing.

Double cleansing involves using an oil cleanser first to remove oil-based impurities and then washing it off with your regular water-based cleanser. The logic behind this process is that oil dissolves oil. When your water-based cleanser comes into contact with oil-based impurities like sunscreen and makeup, it can’t really do much to remove it. However, oil can dissolve these particles and remove them fully. Once you have removed oil-based impurities, your

water-based cleanser can go in to remove any other bits of grime that remain on your skin. The result of this 2-step cleansing process? Squeaky clean skin with no hint of dirt.

The Effects Of Double Cleansing

Double cleansing adds a good few minutes extra to your skincare routine, so is it really worth it? To put it simply, absolutely. When you clean your skin more effectively, your pores become unclogged and your skincare products penetrate deeper. This means that you’ll be breaking out far less and you’ll begin to notice significant improvements in your skin quality. If you’re oily-skinned, don’t be grossed out by the idea of slathering on even more oil on your face. In fact, people with oily skin can benefit from double cleansing even more. Cleaning your face with oil first can balance out your sebum production, which brings your natural oil levels under control. Once you start double cleansing, you’ll notice that your skin remains moisturized, but never

oily. A few weeks into the double-cleansing routine and you might even turn into a double-cleansing evangelist, preaching its benefits to anyone who will listen.

How To Double Cleanse

Double-cleansing might sound really complicated, although in actual fact, it’s anything but. There are several oil-based cleansers available in stores and online that you can use in this regime. If you don’t want to buy them, you can simply use coconut oil, camellia oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. You might want to experiment a bit with different oils (and even mixtures of different oils) until you find one that perfectly suits your skin. Once you have your oil-based cleanser and your water-based cleanser, you’re on your way to glowing skin.

Pump some of the oil-based cleanser onto your hand and rub it between both your palms to warm it up. Then rub this oil onto your dry face (you don’t have to remove your makeup first) and massage it in circular motions. Make sure

you get it on your eye makeup too so you can easily remove it in one step. After a few minutes of this, wipe off the oil with a paper towel or muslin cloth. Now wash your face like you normally would with a water-based cleanser. When you start doing this every night for a few weeks, you will notice that your skin looks plumper and healthier.