We used to believe that a quick wash with soap and water, or a swipe of a facial wipe was sufficient. But we have learned that neither of those techniques actually removes all the dirt and grime that collect on our skin each day.
Then along came the Koreans with all sorts of new techniques for cleansing, the best of which is a double cleanse. No mystery here, you cleanse first with an oil based cleanser to break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils. Then you follow with a water based cleanser for your particular skin type, having ingredients that hydrate, calm or treat acne and oiliness.
Double cleansing may be a two-step technique but it only adds a few minutes to your usual regimen, but as with most things in skin care, it’s not a one-routine-fits-all. Considering every skin type and taking into account your specific skin concerns, choosing the right double-cleansing duo is key in making sure you get the most out of your routine.
Using the best double-cleansing products for your skin type also allows you to avoid over-washing and over-drying your skin. If we strip too much of our natural oils, our body can respond by producing more oil and that can lead to breakouts and irritation, that’s why I suggest double cleansing only at night—when you actually have dirt and makeup to wash off—to make sure you’re not altering the natural balance of oils and microbes on your skin.
Follow your two step cleanse with serums that build and replenish your skin, a moisturizer that hydrates and an eye product to treat fine lines and wrinkles.