I think at this point, everyone knows they should take their makeup off at the end of the day. And for the most part, everyone does. (If you don’t, I’ll come after you. Kidding. But really.)
However, some people probably think swiping a makeup wipe over their face does the trick. Others might wash their face with an actual cleanser, but call it a day after that thinking that their face is now squeaky clean.
Little did they know, it’s actually not clean. At all. This is where double cleansing comes in.
Double cleansing is actually a glorious and game-changing step that probably 85% of people aren’t doing. So what is double cleansing? Let’s dive in.
Double cleansing is – you guessed it – cleansing your face twice. But why do you need to?
If you could look at your skin close up, like really close up, after you wash your makeup off, you would still see dirty skin. You would see stubborn makeup still hiding in your pores, dirt that’s gotten trapped under said makeup, and if you’re like me, enough oil to bake a cake with. Gross.
How are you supposed to put amazing products over top of still-dirty skin? They won’t be able to sink into your skin and do their job if they can’t get past today’s layer of leftover makeup.
This is exactly why you need to be double cleansing.
See, the first cleanse removes the makeup, dirt and oil from the surface of your skin. It gets everything out of the way. The second cleanse is what actually cleans your skin. Let me break it down for you.
Basic chemistry tells us that oil and water repel each other, while oils mix well with other oils. Basic biology tells us that our skin has a layer of oil on it to keep it moist. So keeping those two facts in mind, your pre-cleanse must be a dry cleanse with an oil-based product.
You see, using an oil-based product on dry skin will help pull the makeup and oil off of your skin. Wetting your skin with water will actually prevent this transfer because as stated above, oil and water repel each other. Cleansing oils are by far my favorite pre-cleanser, while a makeup wipe or micellar water are also good options.
The Second Cleanse
After removing your makeup, you can then go in with a water-based cleanser of choice, or according to your skin type. Gel cleansers are best for oily, acne-prone skin, while cleansing milks or lotions are great for normal/dry skin (more on this in a coming blog post).
The second cleanse goes in and removes leftover makeup (and trust me, no matter how good your cleanser claims to be, there is always makeup left). This cleanser can get down deep into your pores and sweep away the dirt and oil trapped under everything. This crucial step ensures your skin is completely clean and ready to absorb all the incredible ingredients of the subsequent products.
Double cleansing helps prevent breakouts, premature aging, and lets your skincare products do their job.
If you’re interested in exact products to use, my personal favorite cleansers are both by Juice Beauty, an amazing organic-based skincare brand. Their stem cellular cleansing oil is phenomenal at removing makeup, followed by their green apple brightening gel cleanser to help brighten and even out your skin tone.