Double Cleansing: How To Properly Clean Your Face without Drying it Out

If you have oily, acne-prone skin, skincare can tend to be a bit of an obsession, and even something as basic as taking off makeup at the end of the day can make a huge difference.  I don't use a lot of products, but there's always sunscreen, foundation, etc., and using an oil-based cleanser helps get all of it out better than foaming cleansers.  Easy solution, except that leaves oily residue on my face and just causes more acne.  And that's why I do something called "double cleansing."  This is apparently a method followed routinely as part of Japanese skincare, and I discovered it quite recently.  It's really simple and effective!

Japanese Skincare Tip Oily Skincare Makeup Removal - Double Facial Cleansing Method
Quick Skincare Tip - Facial Cleansing with Double Cleansing Method

As is obvious from the name, double-cleansing involves using 2 different cleansers - an oil-based cleanser first and then follow through with a foaming cleanser and a hydrating toner.

Step 1:  Use an oil-based cleanser.  A lot of brands make lotion cleansers but something as simple as coconut/olive oil works just as fine.  The oil in the cleanser helps break down waterproof and more stubborn makeup, and also essential if you use sweatproof and water-resistant sunscreens.

Japanese Skincare Tip Oily Skincare Makeup Removal - Double Facial Cleansing Method
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - Not a balm-type cleansing oil because it washes off quite easily with water.
I use this for the first step, though, rather than a regular oil or balm because it's no-mess, easy cleaning.

Step 2:  Follow with a foaming cleanser.  The oil-based cleanser (or oil) used in the previous step will leave behind oil residue, and a soap-based cleanser helps take care of it.  I have oily-combination skin, so I do the oil first and finish with the soap, so my skin is left squeaky clean.

Japanese Skincare Tip Oily Skincare Makeup Removal - Double Facial Cleansing Method
My current foaming cleanser:  Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

Step 3:  Finish with a spritz of a non-alcoholic toner.  I love using the Lush Eau Roma Toner, but something fancy-schmancy like Evian's Mineral water spray would work great too :P  The important thing is to spray on something non-alcoholic and hydrating.  Spritz on, leave for a second or two to refresh skin, and wipe off with a cotton pad.

Japanese Skincare Tip Oily Skincare Makeup Removal - Double Facial Cleansing Method
Lush Eau Roma Water - alcohol-free rose/lavender water with the goodness of essential oils.
I find the smell of rosewater quite relaxing and calming at the end of a long, tiring day.

Follow through with your regular moisturizer.  I don't double cleanse on a regular basis, partly because I am very lazy and also because as a stay-at-home person, I don't collect much grime over the course of the day.  Generally, I keep this for the end of the day, after a long day out and/or if I have had makeup on.  This simple ritual doesn't just help ensure that my skin is left feeling completely clean, but also leaves me quite relaxed :)


4 comments:

  1. Very interesting Rads :) Will try it for sure :)

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    1. Am sure you will love this method..even though it's just basically double work..but it's good!

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  2. I do the double cleanse when im wearing makeup. For me, its Clarins total cleansing oil followed by Forest Essentials face wash and finally Clarins toner with cotton seed. Of course, not daily, just when im wearing makeup.

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    1. Ughhhh soooooooooo many people talking about this Clarins oil..and my friend just goes on and on about Forest Essentials!!! She had send some eye cream from Forest Essentials some time back for another friend of mine, and the packaging and everything was so cute..she had sent it along with that nice paper bag they give in the store...and I checked the ingredients list on the cream - pretty impressive!

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