By Alice Hartwell for THE GLOWCERY
We all know that cleansing is a vital step in any skincare routine, but double cleansing? What’s that all about? While some may consider 2 separate skin cleanses to be excessive, it’s actually a really important step in your evening skincare routine, especially after wearing makeup and SPF. In our latest blog post, we dive into the world of double cleansing, discover why you should be making time for it in your evening skincare regimen and the ideal products from The Glowcery for the perfect double cleanse.
What is double cleansing?
To put things simply, double cleansing is essentially the act of using cleansing products to clean your face twice in a row. This is done to make sure your face is completely clean to avoid breakouts and boost the health and vitality of your skin.
There are no rules when it comes to the products you need to use for both cleanses, however some are more effective than others. Many people opt for an oil or balm cleanser for the first round as this easily breaks down dirt and makeup, before going in with a standard gel cleanser.
Do I really need to double cleanse every night?
As a rule of thumb, yes. Most of us are wearing makeup daily, and we should ALL be wearing SPF as well. These are products that are designed to stick and stay on the skin, so it’s important to go in with a nightly double cleanse to ensure all products from the day are removed fully. Leaving out a double cleanse could make you more prone to breakouts and blackheads.
Won’t double cleansing dry out my face?
Those on the drier side might be concerned with the dehydrating effects of washing your face twice in quick succession. But fear not, there’s no reason that double cleansing should dry out your skin. It all comes down to the products you choose. Opt for oil, cream and gel cleansers that don’t strip the skin of too much moisture. Make sure to follow up your cleanses with skincare that focuses on hydration to add that hit of moisture back into your face.
How to double cleanse:
Start with your first cleanse
Pump a small amount of your first cleanser into your hand. A great option would be our Blue Dew Fruit Enzyme Oil to Milk Cleanser which seamlessly breaks down dirt and makeup without stripping the skin of essential oils. Massage across the face to remove any products leftover from the day and then wipe off gently with a warm flannel.
Go in for a second cleanse
We aren’t done yet, now it’s time to go in for the all-important second cleanse. For this round, you may want to use a different cleanser, but there’s no reason you can’t go in with the same product once more. Again, massage a small amount of the cleanser into your skin to get rid of any remaining impurities before washing off once more with your flannel.
Follow up with the rest of your skincare routine
Voila, you have a beautifully double cleansed face and the perfect canvas for the rest of your skincare. By double cleansing you ensure that your face is as clean as possible which means your other skincare products absorb more easily and are therefore more effective. Adding some hydration back to your skin is always a good idea. Our Clean Greens Superfood Serum is a great way to quench thirsty skin whilst also keeping pesky breakouts at bay. Simply add a few drops to your evening moisturiser or add as the final layer to your routine.
So how come I don’t have to double cleanse in the morning?
Double cleansing generally isn’t necessary in the morning, as your skin won’t have had any SPF, makeup or environmental impurities to contend with. A single, gentle cleanse every morning is more than enough to keep your skin happy and healthy. Avoid double cleansing as this could strip your face of necessary oil and sebum, leaving you with drier and irritated skin. The only caveat here would be for those who had one too many the night before and fell asleep with their makeup on!