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What Is Double Cleansing?

Friends, Romans, Countrymen (and women) lend me your skin care loving ears. I'm starting my first series on my blog! Recently, I have become increasing obsessed with skin care. From what acids are and why I should be using them to discovering the magic of the double cleanse, I've discovered that taking time for my skin is part of taking time for myself. Thanks to my best friend who encouraged this series, I'll be running down all the steps in my personal skin care routine and explaining why I use them, and why you should potentially try them as well. Up first: what is double cleansing?


Here's the thing that I have learned about cleansing over the past several month of my skin care obsession. It's not as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to those of us who love wearing makeup. For me, double cleansing is the cleaning method that has been the most worthwhile for my skin, so let's talk about what it is and how you could start using it.


What Is Double Cleansing?


You may have heard the phrase double cleansing, and to an extent, it's exactly what it sounds like: cleaning your face not once, but twice. The method is a Korean based skin care idea that has made its way to the US and become incredibly popular. According to Derm Store, double cleansing is the use of an oil-based cleanser to remove impurities, makeup, and unclog pores. Next up, you use a water-based cleanser to actually cleanse based on your personal skin care needs. Think of it this way, if there's a layer of something on top of your skin, your cleanser that's meant to help fight break outs or hydrate your skin or exfoliate it, can't actually get to your skin at all. Hence, the double cleanse.


How Do I Choose What To Use?

When you're looking to add a double cleanse to your routine, you need to think about your skin type. Are you oily, dry, combination, or sensitive? This will tell you what type of cleanser you need to use. The good news is that when it comes to oil cleansers, they're fairly universal, and that's because your water based cleanser is the one that needs to address your actual skin concern. Also, think about if you have things you want to address about your skin. Do you break out? Do you have issues with texture? All of these can be addressed with you water based cleanser.


What Are Some Good Oil Cleansers?

I am so glad you asked! Let's look at a couple of my favorites that I've tested myself!


Farmacy Beauty Green Clean

While Farmacy Beauty's Green Clean comes in a balm form, when you use the included spatula to scoop out a bit, simply rub the balm between your hands to warm it up. It turns directly into an oil. The thing I love most about Green Clean is that it doesn't leave behind any sort of messy residue. Not only does it get all of my makeup off, but it just so happens to smell like a lemon-lime sucker, and that never hurts.


Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

Boscia's oil cleanser is one of the first I ever tried, and it's what got me hooked on this Japanese beauty brand. The oil seamlessly melts away makeup and impurities and doesn't feel greasy when being used.


Fourth Ray Beauty BFD Cleansing Oil

While most cleansing oils are going to be more expensive than your typical water-based cleanser, the Fourth Ray Beauty cleansing oil is an exception to that rule. This oil manages to be a great option for removing makeup and oil but keeps the price tag low enough if you're just looking to try double cleansing.


What About Cleansers For My Skin Type?


As mentioned earlier, your second water based cleanser is going to need to be something that targets your specific skin tone or concern. Personally, I have dry-combination skin which means I get dry around my chin and mouth, between my brows, and below my cheeks. I personally like a more hydrating cleanser. Let's look at some different options for different skin types.


Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

There are very few products I'd recommend for any skin type, but Glow Recipe's Blueberry Bounce is one of them. Not only will this gel cleanser hydrate your skin thanks to its hyaluronic acid, but because it's a gel base, it won't leave those with oily skin feeling a bit too oily. Honestly, it's my perfect all-around cleanser, and it smells like blueberries which doesn't hurt.


Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Purity may be one of the beauty lovers' most holy of grails. Not only is is for all skin types, but it's non-drying formula is gentle enough for the most sensitive of people. Not only is it non-stripping, but it will also take off basically all of your remaining makeup after you oil cleanse. Plus, in the world of high-end cleansers, it's pretty affordable.


Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser

If you suffer from dry skin, a highly-rated, holy grail for many people is the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Not only does this popular product do a great job at cleanser, but it's affordable and just as good as any high-end cleanser.


Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

Combo skin? Meet your new favorite product. The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser is a sudsy, gel-cream cleanser that is perfect for combating excess oil but won't strip your skin. Plus, it's even good for sensitive skin. Basically, it's a must-have if you suffer from both dryness in places and oily spots.


Farmacy Beauty Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser

If you've got oily skin, stay far away from that CeraVe cleanser. Instead, opt for a foaming cleanser that'll help fight excess oil, and the Farmacy Beauty Clean Bee is the perfect option. Not only is the brand totally clean, but this cleanser is super gentle on the skin while still making sure your skin isn't stripped but you oils are controlled.


If you're looking to get into double cleansing, these products are a great place to start, but part of skin care is simply trying things to find what works for you. As a note, I am in no way an esthetician. I have no scientific background in skin care. I'm simply a fan who has tried to learn as much as possible, and thankfully, I have a job that allows me to do so (at least part time).


Have fun double cleansing!