Double cleansing. Do you do it? Maybe, maybe not. I guess the real question is whether you should be. If you wear makeup or SPF, then yes, you may want to give it a whirl. Don’t worry if this is all new to you because this is my guide to double cleansing for beginners.
We all know that regular cleansing is important for healthy, clear and glowing skin. A single cleanse in the morning to remove the sweat and nasties from a night’s sleep is plenty but after a day of wearing SPF, a full face of makeup and collecting germs from touching our faces, a little extra TLC when cleansing our skin is the least we can do.
Double cleansing is based on the premise that your first cleanse removes your make up, and the second actually cleans your face. Simple.
The cleanser market is flooded with options and if you’re new to skincare it can be a bit of nightmare to navigate. Here is my double cleansing routine, with some tips thrown in for fun:
I use the Clinique, Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It’s inexpensive and is a product that just delivers – it does what the name suggests, and is perfect for dissolving all of your face and eye makeup. It’s not scented, just functional. I love how quick and simple this product is to use; it’s lightweight, isn’t drying and is genuinely perfect for skincare novices.
Top tips for a first cleanse:
- Cleansing balms, micellar waters and cleansing oils are great options.
- Be wary of oils if you’re prone to breakouts and if you use them, a little goes a long way.
- Your main focus is to remove your makeup, and if you can get a bit of a facial massage in this step that’s even better.
- Use a clean flannel or face cloth to remove whichever cleanser you opt for, and change your flannel every day.
- First cleansers on my wishlist are: Nivea Cleansing Milk , Tata Harper Cleansing Oil , The Body Shop Cleansing Balm and Emma Hardy Cleansing Balm.
In a bid to keep my foray into the world of double cleansing as simple and ‘classic’ as possible, I’ve been using the cult-favourite, Cleanse and Polish by Liz Earle. This works fabulously to get any lingering grime and stubborn scraps of waterproof mascara and thanks to the rich, creamy, moisturising formulation, this leaves my skin feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. The cleanser comes with a cotton cloth that gently exfoliates your skin and leaves your face looking bright, smooth and clear.
Top tips for a second cleanse:
- You can go rich or gentle with a second cleanse depending your preference. Cleansing gels, creams, clays and milks are all popular choices. A good oil as a second cleanse can work extremely well too.
- If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser, I have been alternating Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser with the Liz Earle one and it’s fab, especially in the middle of a hormonal breakout – it works wonders.
- If you’re prone to dry skin avoid anything foaming. It’s going to dry out your skin even more which is a huge no no.
- Second cleansers on my wishlist are: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse , Nude Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Oil, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser and Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.
So go on, give it a go, double cleansing isn’t just for beauty and skincare junkies. I really notice a difference if I follow this routine now so I am definitely a convert. Logically it makes sense, I personally spend a lot of time applying makeup, so investing a few additional minutes in creating the best base is time well spent.
Let me know what you think of my double cleansing for beginners guide in the comments and the products you use. Happy cleansing!
Sincerely, Sarah xx