Everyone knows that they should wash their face before going to bed. What few people know is that they must wash their face twice. The secret strategy for healthy, youthful-looking skin, double cleansing takes two major steps in the legendary 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine. “Cleansing the skin is important because it helps remove surface impurities like dirt, oil, makeup, grime, pollution, and is also beneficial in reducing the appearance of aging,” she says. Alana Henrikson, Eminence Organics Product Support Representative. If you forgo cleaning too often, you risk clogged pores, irritation, dryness, and breakouts. This prevents your skin from being able to renew itself overnight or properly absorb skin care products.
The double cleaning method
However, double cleansing does not mean washing your face twice. Rather, the routine is very specific. These are our recommended steps:
- Apply a small amount of an oil cleanser to the skin. If desired, emulsify with water.
- Massage with your fingertips in circular motions covering the face and neck, focusing especially on the breakdown of makeup residue.
- Rinse well
- Follow the same steps again with your cleanser of choice before drying your face and continuing with your skincare routine.
Double deep cleaning
Science is in the oil cleaner. While traditional water-based cleaners treat impurities by breaking down their oil components, oil cleaners attract and extract oil from things like makeup, sunscreen lotion, sweat, and just the general layer of contaminants that accumulates on the surface of the skin over the day. It is also effective in removing the oily sebum that excess acne causes because, as a Washington DC dermatologist Ellinor Quay Coyne it says, “as it dissolves as”.
Start with a liquid or balm cleanser made from oil such as grapeseed, sesame or almond on the skin. For a balm, massage into your hands until it dissolves into an oil. Gently and in circular motions, massage the oil onto your face and neck to remove impurities. Depending on your preference, you can emulsify with water while massaging before rinsing clean with warm water. Don’t forget the eye area and hairline.
Repeat cleaning while your face is still damp, but this time with a traditional gel or cream cleanser. This second cleanse cleanses any remaining impurities and penetrates the pores to unclog them. This prevents acne and enlarged pores. It also leaves your skin moist, smooth and fresh with that dull layer of oil and dirt from the city completely removed. Your skin is now primed and ready for the next steps in your skincare routine.
How to double clean: perfect combinations
We recommend avoiding cleansers that have strong sulfates that break down your skin’s natural barrier and staying away from irritating ingredients like fragrances or alcohol.
When it comes to combinations, which two cleaners should you use together? We recommend avoiding cleansers that have strong sulfates that break down your skin’s natural barrier and staying away from irritating ingredients like fragrances or alcohol. Finally, the ideal combination also depends on your skin type. Here are our two-step recommendations:
Stone Crop Cleansing Oil + Stone Crop Gel Wash
Infused with sunflower and jojoba oils and nourishing micro-vegetables, our Stone Crop Cleaning Oil It is the perfect deep cleanser for the first step. Follow with the naturally oil-free. Stone Crop Wash Gel.
Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam + Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
Formulated with time-release encapsulated salicylic acid and a blend of natural herbs, Advanced Acne Cleansing Foam Unblocks pores and stops breakouts for people with acne prone skin. Prepare the skin for our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, which unfolds cucumber, tea tree oil, sweet almond milk and yogurt for a smooth and balancing action.
Stone Crop Cleansing Oil + Citrus Exfoliating Wash
Another good cleansing regimen for oily skin care is to start with our Stone Crop Cleansing Oil and finish with Citrus scrub wash, formulated with grapefruit seed, silica and fresh lemon juice.
Also consider this product: Citrus scrub wash
Stone Crop Cleansing Oil + Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser
If your skin is suffering from both excess oil and dryness, start with our Stone Crop Cleansing Oil, rinse, and continue with our soothing milky gel foam. Mangosteen Daily Rejuvenating Cleanser.
Wildflower Cleansing Balm + Coconut Milk Cleanser
Gently massaged into your skin, our Wildflower Cleansing Balm transforms into a natural botanical oil cleanser or emulsifying milk when mixed with water. Rinse and finish with the rich and lush Coconut milk cleaner for a fresh and moist complexion.
Double cleaning = excess cleaning?
Is double cleaning overdoing things a bit? Possibly, if you are using products that are not suitable for your skin. Or, if it’s winter and your skin is already dry. The tell-tale signs of excessive cleaning are tightness after drying the skin. Excessive cleaning removes not only the top layer of dead skin cells, but also lipids, which can cause an imbalance in the skin. Stick to the right combination of double cleansers for your skin type, and you’ll likely avoid the trap of over-cleaning your skin.
If you are looking to leave your complexion completely clean and ready for the rest of your skin care routine, a double step cleansing step is the best method for fresh and supple skin free of impurities. What perfect combination works best for your skin type? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. For more information on what double cleansing can do for you and your skin, contact your favorite Eminence Organics spa partner.