Everything You Need to Know About Double Cleansing

By now you have probably heard of double cleansing, you may be doing it in some form already. But to really get the benefits from double cleansing there are a few simple tips to follow. The double cleansing method has been around for a very long time, especially in K-beauty, as it’s key to achieving glassy skin. But that isn’t the only reason to give it a go. 

Whether you are just looking for ways to improve your winter skincare routine by adding a double cleanse, or you want to ensure you are double cleansing in the best way and using the right cleansers, you can find everything you need to know here. 

What is Double Cleansing?

Double cleansing really is what it says on the tin; it means cleansing twice one after the other, preferably using two different cleansers. It’s a two-step cleansing process that works to remove build-up and makeup before you deep clean your face. It ensures you are giving your face a thorough clean when you cleanse. 

Why Double Cleanse?

If the simple answer of ‘it ensures you are giving your face a thorough clean’ isn’t enough for you, we have some more reasons why you should add double cleansing into your routine. 

If you wear makeup daily, are out and about (especially in cities), or wear face sunscreen every day (we hope you are!), then it’s likely one cleanse in the evening isn’t going to cut it. Pores can easily become clogged and oil can build, leading to blackheads and unwanted spots, if your face is left with makeup or other clogging products and pollutants on it. So if you find you have acne-prone skin or have unwanted blackheads, adding a double cleanse into your routine can make a massive difference. 

By performing the first cleanse, you will only be surface-cleaning the face, and depending on the cleanser type you use, you might not be doing this well, meaning pores are left clogged! Going in with a second cleanser means you can then clean the face deeper, unclogging the pores and freeing your skin from unwanted build-up. 

What’s more, by ensuring your face is thoroughly clean your skin will absorb your skincare ingredients a lot better. Your pores will be free to drink up your serums and moisturisers and actually benefit from them. A major win in our book. 

How to Double Cleanse

If the thought of lovely clean skin and unclogged pores that help your skincare work harder has got your attention, then follow the simple steps below for an effective double cleanse. 

Double Cleanse Method: First Cleanse

For your first cleanse you are going to want an oil-based cleanser. This can be in the form of a classic oil cleanser or a cleansing balm or cream – as long as it’s oil-based, you’re good to go. If you aren’t aware of the benefits of oil cleansers yet, then listen up, they won’t make your skin oily, but they will do a brilliant job at breaking down oil-based products like makeup and removing them well. If you are worried that adding an oil cleanser into your routine will cause spots, rest assured that it will actually help remove excess oil, which is great for acne-prone or oily skin

For a first cleanse we love using a cleansing balm and massaging it into the skin to melt away makeup and other product build-up. The By BEAUTY BAY Cleansing Balm is a must-have in your skincare routine and makes the perfect first cleanser in your double cleansing routine. The chamomile and oat lipids mean it’s kind to the skin and soothes any redness or irritations. 

If you prefer a classic liquid cleansing oil formula, start off your double cleanse with the Dermalogica Precleanse. It will wash your face clean from excess oil, sunscreen, pollutants, and makeup build-up. Leaving your skin primed and ready for cleanse number two. 

Double Cleanse Method: Second Cleanse

Now you’ve done your first cleanse, removing surface build-up, you can move on to step two – the deep cleanse. For your second cleanser, we recommend a water-based cleanser, or specifically a cleanser that targets any of your skin concerns

To really give your skin a deep cleanse you could also utilise a cleansing tool in this step, like the affordable By BEAUTY BAY Facial Cleansing Brush. This uses 12,000 vibrations per minute and silicone bristles to help your cleanser work harder when it comes to a deep cleanse. 

Because your skin has already been cleaned once, the ingredients in your targeting second cleanser will be better absorbed by your skin, helping you to get the results you want. 

For acne-prone skin, try out the Zitsticka Balancing Face Cleanser for your second wash. This lovely lightly foaming cleanser uses ingredients like sea moss, coffee seed, and papaya extract to deeply cleanse skin and soothe breakouts. Your skin will be left thoroughly cleaned and nourished after this. 

If you have sensitive skin or dry skin, go for a super hydrating cleanser for your second step. The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is not to be missed, it uses ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help retain your skin’s natural moisture balance and improve moisture retention. By going in with this cleanser second, your skin can better absorb those lovely hydrating ingredients, resulting in happier skin. 

Or, if you are looking to add some glow to your complexion, choose a second cleanser that does just that. Try the Glow Hub Purify and Brighten Jelly Cleanser as your second step. Let your skin reap the benefits of antioxidant-rich blueberry and detoxifying black tea, for a bright and fresh complexion.

As long as you have used an effective oil-based cleanser during your first cleanse, you can experiment with different cleansers for step two depending on your skin’s needs – just avoid going in with a second oil cleanser, water-based is best. 

When to Double Cleanse

Excited to start adding double cleansing into your routine? Don’t jump the gun and start double cleansing morning and night. Overwashing your face could lead to skin irritation, especially for sensitive skin. You only need to double cleanse during your nighttime skincare routine, as this is when you will want to be removing the effects of the day like external pollutants or makeup from your face. If you’ve accidentally slept in your makeup though, we absolutely encourage you to start your day off with a double cleanse.

Now you know how to double cleanse and why you should be doing it, get going and see the difference it can make to your skin. Haul cleansers today and make a start on your new double cleansing routine.