Everything you need to know about double cleansing

Originating in South Korea, double cleansing has received much praise across social media. Is it for you, however? We’ll answer your questions with this article! 

Everything you need to know about double cleansing - French Beauty Co.

Double cleansing originated in South Korea and has been embraced by Korean women for years. This beauty technique recently became popular, hawked by celebrities and beauty influencers. Social media is no stranger to double cleansing. Its TikTok tag has garnered 385 million and counting views. It is a way to remove all traces of dirt, impurities, sunscreen, and makeup from your skin - pursuit of an extra deep clean. 

Moreover, double cleansing has received plenty of praise. Makeup lovers and those with oily and acne-prone skin that produces excess sebum, a substance generated by the sebaceous glands that can cause unwanted shininess and follicle-blocking breakouts, are among them. 

In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about double cleansing and if you should be double cleansing! 

What Is Double Cleansing?

Double cleansing is washing your face with two types of cleansers. The first is an oil-based cleanser, which removes makeup and sunscreen from your skin, while the second is a water-based cleanser. 


Benefits of Double Cleansing

Removes Impurities From Skin - Surface-level dirt aside from makeup and sunscreen gets removed from the skin with the oil-based cleanser. On the other hand, deeper impurities are removed with the water-based cleanser with the second cleanse.

Gives You Glowing Skin - You usually double cleanse before bed. Before bed at night is the best time to do this because our cell production tends to double, especially from 11 pm to 4 am. Through doing this, you can wake up with healthier and glowing skin.

Better Absorption Of Skincare Products - Double cleansing helps remove deeper congestion, bacteria, and other impurities in your skin. As your skin becomes free of gunk and other residue, it can absorb other skincare products more effectively. As a result, your skincare products will work more effectively. 


    How To Double Cleanse

    Steps For Double Cleansing

    Step 1: Use an oil-based cleanser
    First, you should apply an oil-based cleanser to your hands. The oil-based cleanser can dissolve makeup and other surface-level dirt and impurities on your skin. It will also ensure thorough cleansing without stripping your skin's natural balance. 

    After massaging the oil-based cleanser, wipe it off with facial tissue, a cotton pad, or a flannel. 

    Step 2: Use a water-based cleanser
    A water-based cleanser helps make sure that the remaining oil and other impurities are removed. Splash water to your face, and then apply and massage your water-based cleanser on your skin. Rinse with warm water.
    After that, your skin is ready for the other products in your routine. 


    Tips For Double Cleansing

    Don't Use Hot Water - This might leave your skin dehydrated or inflamed. 

    Don't Double-cleanse in the morning - Overnight, your skin needs to repair and rejuvenate. If you do it in the morning, you might strip your skin of its natural oils.

    Choose Your Cleanser Well - Choosing cleansers can make a big difference. Choose a formula that can benefit your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, you need an oil cleanser that is extra hydrating; the same goes for your facial cleanser.  


      Oil-based Products You Can Use

      Brands like Caudalie Vinoclean Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, Uriage Xemose Soothing Gentle Cleansing Oil, Nuxe Very Rose Delicate Cleansing Oil, Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Cleansing Oil, and SVR SENSIFINE Double Cleansing Balm have formulated oil cleansers that suit various skin types. 

      Regarding facial cleansers for the second step of the double cleansing method, you can go right with a gentle formula like Embryolisse Waterproof Gentle Cleansing Milk, Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser, Avene Tolerance Extremely Gentle Cleanser, Monsieur Barbier Exfoliating Cleanser Face Wash, and La Roche Posay Micellar Foaming Water Cleanser have to offer. 


      Double Cleansing FAQs


      Can you double-cleanse with the same cleanser?

      No, we do not advise using the same cleanser for double cleansing. It would help if you used an oil-based cleanser for the first and then a water-based one for the second. 

      Can double cleansing cause purging?

      For some people, it may be due to the first step with the oil cleanser. However, purging is temporary. It is better to stick to a single cleanse, especially at night. 

      Is double cleansing necessary?

      Double cleansing is not necessary in the morning. However, in the evenings, double cleansing can be helpful because it can give your skin a deep clean, remove the buildup of dirt and other impurities over the day, and allow your skincare products to be absorbed and work better. 

      Who should double cleanse?

      Double cleansing might be for you if you wear plenty of makeup and have oily skin. Double cleansing is ideal for those with oily skin who wear heavy makeup because it can ensure that their skin gets thoroughly cleaned from the gunk accumulated on their face. 


      People with certain lifestyle choices and skin types may get and notice positive effects from double cleansing. However, it doesn’t mean it is not for everyone. When double cleansing, it is important that the formula of the cleansers you use is gentle for your skin and that its ingredients are safe and good for your skin.

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