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What is double cleansing?

Cleansing is one of the essential steps in any good skincare routine. Removing dirt, sweat, and excess oil from pores is crucial at the end of the day helps prepare your skin for any moisturisers or serums you’re going to apply.

When it comes to facial cleansing, you might be surprised to learn there are some techniques which are much better for your skin than others. Double cleansing is one of these methods. But what is double cleansing, and why are skincare experts so fond of it?

How to double cleanse your face

Double cleansing involves removing makeup, SPF, and sebum (skin’s natural oils) first using an oil-based cleanser or serum. This first stage is followed with a deeper water-based cleanse to clean deeper in the pores, removing bacteria, sweat, and old skin cells1.

When you wash your face the first time, you should aim to make sure you remove all traces of makeup. Use a cotton pad to wipe away your oil-based cleanser and keep going until the pad comes away completely clean. Once you’ve dealt with the first layer of product, it’s time to move onto your second cleanse.

For stage two, massage a water-based cleanser, like Sukin Blemish Control Clearing Face Wash, thoroughly into your skin. This second stage removes toxins and pollution as well as any built-up grime.

Here are the steps laid out simply.

  1. Wash your face with an oil-based cleanser or serum to remove makeup and SPF
  2. Wash your face with a water-based cleanser to remove bacteria, sweat, and dead skin
  3. Apply the rest of your skincare routine

When to double cleanse

You should double cleanse your face just once a day, in the evening. The primary purpose of this method is to remove all makeup and SPF, which means it’s only necessary at the end of the day. If you achieve a good double cleanse in the evening, there won’t be any makeup or dirt to wash away the next day. In the morning, a one-step cleanse or a swipe of micellar or fresh water should be enough.

Double cleansing in the evening helps prepare skin to absorb the rest of your products better, so you can get the most out of any moisturisers, serums, or oils.

Who should double cleanse?

Double cleansing aims to remove makeup and SPF before working on deeper-set bacteria and sebum, so it’s great if you wear lots of makeup or a mineral-based sunscreen2.

You might also like to try double cleansing if you have oily skin. While stronger cleansers might leave you feeling dry and tight, this method allows you to use two gentle formulas to remove products and excess oil. It’s better to use two nourishing cleansers than one that’s too harsh.

If you wear very little or no makeup and have normal or dry skin, you might not need to introduce double cleansing into your routine.

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