It’s easy to forget the most important step in any skincare routine: cleansing your face. And nope, we're not talking a quick once-over with a face wipe.
Throughout the day, airborne bacteria and pollution are attracted to your skin, and if they aren't washed away properly, they could potentially contribute to ageing, pigmentation and congestion, which can lead to dull and tired-looking skin.
The best way to stop this from happening? Double cleansing. And unfortunately one cleanse won’t cut it as it still leaves behind a film of excess oils, pollution, sunscreen and makeup. Even though it may sound like just another step in your skin routine, and let’s be honest, who really has time for that, I guarantee it really only adds an extra minute or two. And it’s totally and completely worth it.
As the name implies, double cleansing means washing your face twice: once with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, excess oil and dead skin, and again with a more “traditional” cleanser to further clean up the skin. You need these two types of cleansers because — surprise! — there are actually two types of dirt your face encounters: oil-based dirt like makeup, and everything else like dust, sweat and dirt.
Having thoroughly cleansed skin also makes it much easier for whatever products you use after — serum, moisturiser, oils, etc. — to be absorbed and do their jobs.
And since science tells us oil and water don’t mix, you need to fight like with like and use an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based dirt. The oil in the cleanser? It’s attracted to the fat in your sebaceous glands and the oil on your face in the form of makeup, sunscreen and pollution, meaning it’ll deep-clean without messing with the lipids and ceramides between skin cells aka it won’t leave your face feeling raw, dry and tight like a lot of traditional cleansers. Then that foaming cleanser swoops in to get rid of any remaining surface-level residue and deeply purify skin.
Another upside to double cleansing? Having thoroughly cleansed skin also makes it much easier for whatever products you use after — serum, moisturiser, oils, etc. — to be absorbed and do their jobs.
You can slather on all the supercharged, hero-ingredient-packed creams and serums you want, but none of it does much if your skin isn’t properly cleansed, and the several-times-a-week double cleanse turns out to be a major step toward gleamy, flawless skin.
Here’s a good double cleanse routine that I highly recommend:
Skin Juice Berry Fresh Cleansing Oil-Gel ($49.50 save 10%)
This unique oil-gel cleanser is formulated with a combination of coconut, plant sugars and essential fatty acid-rich oils to remove dirt, oil, makeup, pollution, and other impurities. It's your new go-to cleanser that gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses.
Use daily. Warm gel cleanser between dry palms and massage into dry skin using circular motions. Remove cleanser using a warm, damp cleansing cloth or water.
Rohr Remedy Rosalina Foaming Cleanser ($22.10 save 15%)
A gentle but powerful foaming face cleanser, formulated with Rosalina to naturally purify and leave the skin feeling fresh and clean. Effectively removes impurities while retaining skin’s essential moisture. Your complexion is left feeling soft, supple and glowing.
Foam with water and apply in gentle circular movements to face and neck, rinse with water. Rinse thoroughly after 1-2 minutes.
If you follow the above routine morning and night then I guarantee you’re going to see naturally glowing skin with less congestion.