Double Cleansing for Beginners

Double Cleansing For Beginners Sincerely Sarah SincSarahSnaps

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:

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

  • I always double cleanse, I used to just use a micellar water and then a thicker cleanser after and I never really realised this was double cleansing! Whereas now I use 2 slightly heavier cleansers and my skin feels so much cleaner for it.

    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish will always be a favourite of mine, such a lovely product!

    The Makeup Directory

    • Sincerely Sarah

      I know what you mean, now I’m into my cleansing routine, I really notice if I miss it for a day or two and resort back to a micellar water only with no follow up. It’s definitely a commitment now haha xx

  • It’s so easy to get lazy with our skin care routines but I’m going to make the effort to try out the double cleanse more often.

    Great inspirational post.

    Rachel – Times2Style

    • Sincerely Sarah

      So glad you liked the post, Rachel. Let me know how you get on with double cleansing 🙂 xx

  • La Roche-Posay has been my favorite brand by far, when it comes to cleansing. I really like their Effaclar purifying gel for oily skin. Often paired with Ultrafine scrub 🙂 Also, the new oil based micellar water by Garnier is a fav as well. It dissolves waterproof makeup like any other and doesn’t leave my face oily at all.

    • Sincerely Sarah

      Ooh I’m yet to try the oil based micellar water – bet that’d be a great first cleanse. I’ll check it out 🙂

  • Yiotou_La

    I am obsessed with cleansing and I think I use too many products. My skin is oily and needs extra attention. Cleansing is the most important step to have great skin 🙂


    • Sincerely Sarah

      Totally agree with you – cleansing is so important! No point in putting lots of fancy products on to dirty, clogged skin. Thanks so much for reading 🙂 xx

  • I just started double cleansing and it makes such a difference. I can’t believe I spent so many years using my exfoliating scrub as a makeup cleanser – it hurts just to think about it. Currently using Garnier Micellar Water as a first cleanse – Cetaphil and CeraVe are great as a second cleanse.

    • Sincerely Sarah

      It really does, doesn’t it?! I’m quite new to it too but can’t ever see me stopping now. I haven’t tried the CeraVe cleanser yet – will have to check it out! xx