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Why Do You Need to Double Cleanse?


By: Cat Juan-Ledesma

We all know how important it is to cleanse our faces after a long day, but few realize that double cleansing is an important step worth looking into, especially if you’re like using heavy foundations, sunscreens, or BB creams. Double cleansing, like its name implies, is the act of cleansing your face twice. This is often done by first using an oil-based cleansing oil, micellar water, or washcloth and then cleansing with your favorite foaming cleanser to finish the job. Here are some helpful tips on how you can do this properly:

Cleansing oils: Often made with sunflower, grapeseed, or mineral oil. Cleansing oils do a great job of attracting other oils to join them and since most make up and skincare products are oil-based, they do this super well. The best way to apply oil cleansers is to place it on dry skin, put a pump or two of oil in your hands and gently massage in a circular motion around your face, neck, and under your eyes. Wet your palms with warm water and massage again till you see the oil turn white and start to drip off your skin. Once your oil cleanser takes on a milky white consistency, rinse it off entirely, then wash with your favorite foaming cleanser.

Micellar Water: Clear and odorless this is a surfactant that cleanses by taking a two-headed approach. Once side of the surfactant molecule attracts water, while the other attracts oil, making for a deadly attraction to almost all types of foundations, eyeshadows, and lipsticks. You can choose to use your micellar water as a toner after your foamy cleanser or before. I personally like to put a healthy amount on cotton pad to swipe on my dry skin before rinsing with my cleanser.

Washcloths: Washcloths help remove dirt and grime from the face by acting like a gentle exfoliant. It’s important to make sure that you have several washcloths available to allow them to dry properly in between uses, because there are few things that bad bacteria loves more than a damp cloth. Small square ones that are soft and not too thick work well. Run the washcloth through some warm water and gently rub in a circular motion around face and neck with your favorite cleanser. You can also dip the washcloth in ice water and lay on top of skin at the end of your regimen to close pores.

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