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5 Questions About Double Cleansing – Answered!

Quickly wiping your face with a micellar water-soaked cotton pad before bed just doesn’t cut it anymore. To keep your skin healthy, it’s time to embrace double cleansing.

Q1. What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is essentially how it sounds; the act of cleansing the skin twice. Instead of simply washing the skin and moving on to the rest of your routine, double cleansing is a more comprehensive and thorough approach to cleaning the skin in the evening.

Q2. Why is it important?

Washing the skin has always been a key part of any daily routine, as without a clear complexion, your active products can’t penetrate the surface effectively and therefore can’t change the skin for the better. With the skin coming into contact with more irritants and substances than ever before, double cleansing is the best way to ensure every last trace of make-up and impurities has been removed. This not only helps boost the results of the rest of your skin care routine, but can significantly improve conditions such as acne and dryness.

Q3. What’s the best way to do it?

If you wear make-up, the ideal way to double cleanse the skin is to first use an oil or cream cleanser to remove make-up, sunscreen and surface oils before using a water-based cleanser such as a gel or lotion to remove bacteria, pollution particles and dead cells. This two-step approach should leave the skin feeling fresh and looking glowing, and only adds an extra couple of minutes onto your evening routine.

Q4. Do I have to use two different cleansers?

Not necessarily. If you have dry or sensitive skin, using the same cleanser twice might be better suited to your complexion and ensures the skin is less likely to feel taut afterwards. Oil, cream and lotion cleansers that remove make-up can also be employed as a second cleanse to remove impurities without disrupting the lipid barrier.

Q5. Should I double cleanse even if I don’t wear make-up?

Double cleansing should only be done in the evening, as morning skin isn’t exposed to external nasties and bacteria, and you don’t have any make-up to remove (hopefully!). However, if you don’t wear any make-up and you don’t suffer from any major skin concerns, you can probably get away with using just one good quality facial cleanser. However, if you live or work in a city, double cleansing is a must. Washing the skin twice is the only way to ensure that all traces of pollution and airborne nasties have been removed from the surface and from within the pores. If you don’t want to invest in two cleansers, you could use a micellar water first and follow with your usual cleanser or follow your cleanser with an exfoliating toner to ensure surface build-up is properly removed.

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