Let’s talk about Double Cleansing

Double Cleansing has been around for a while now. Vogue even talked about triple cleansing in 2019, but I’ve only really started doing this a couple of months ago. Double cleansing is using two cleansers instead of one to wash your face at night. Yes, it’s twice the work and takes a bit more time, but let’s be honest a make-up wipe or just one face cleanser doesn’t do the trick. Cleansing your skin is the most important part of your skincare routine. You’re prepping your face for the rest of your products and double cleansing is the perfect tool to do just that.

What is Double Cleansing?

Double cleansing originates from Korean Beauty. It is a two-step cleansing routine where you wash your skin with two different types of face cleansers. First you use an oil-based cleanser, then a water-based one. The oil-based cleanser breaks down and washes away make-up, sunscreen and pollution. Then the water-based cleanser addresses your skin type or concern.

Who is it for?

Everyone. Whether you have oily, acne-prone, or dry skin, you can double cleanse. The only difference will be the products that you use.  If you have dry skin, you’ll need to use a more hydrating cleanser, while someone with acne-prone skin needs a cleanser that will help improve their acne. It all depends on your skin type or concern.

What are the benefits?

Double Cleansing has a lot of  benefits. It has become a staple in many people’s skincare routine and there is a reason for that.

  • The first cleanser takes of your make-up and suncreen
  • The second cleanser can address your skin type or concern and actually improve your skin
  • Your skincare products absorb better into your skin

These three benefits ultimately result in healthier looking and glowy skin. Your skin will appear less dull, have fewer breakouts, and be a fresh canvas to start applying all of your serums and creams onto. The active ingredients in these products can work better, now there isn’t a layer of residue in between them and your skin.

How do you double cleanse?

Double Cleansing - The Two Cleanser Method - How To Guide

Step 1

Take your oil-based cleanser and apply a little amount onto your dry skin. Massage it in gently and take your time. You spend some time doing your skincare or make-up routine in the morning, so why not spend some time taking it off?

If the make-up or sunscreen starts to break down, add a bit of water to emulsify the oil. Now it’s time to take it off. I like to do that with a lukewarm cloth, but just water will work fine too.

Step 2

On damp skin, apply a small amount of your water-based cleanser. Gently massage it in for about one minute and rinse with lukewarm water. Tap dry, definitely not rub, with a clean towel.

Step 3

Apply the rest of your skincare routine like you normally would, and you’re done. 

You only need to double cleanse at night. That’s when your skin needs it the most and has product, pollition or  sweat build-up onto it from during the day. In the morning, your skin just needs to refresh and get ready for your skincare products. A splash of water or a water-based cleanser will do just fine.

Some of my current favourite cleansers

Double Cleansing Step 1: L'occitance Shea Butter Oil-based Cleanser
Clinique Take the Day Off balm - Step 1 of Double Cleansing
Fresh Soy Face Wash - Step 2 Double Cleansing

What do you think?

  • Marie-Louise
    January 6, 2021

    Thank you for the tips girl! I also use the cleansing balm from Clinique and the soy face cleanser from Fresh. They are my favourite cleansers too !! 😉

    • Hannelore
      January 6, 2021

      You’re welcome!😘 Yes, they are great cleansers! I’m always on the lookout for new ones, but these are currently still my faves. Nothing seems to top them at the moment.