Double Cleansing: When Should You Do it?

Double Cleansing: When Should You Do it?

Have you ever heard of double cleansing? It might sound like something that will make your skin care routine more tedious, but it’s actually pretty easy and incredibly effective. This intensive way to cleanse ensures your skin is super clean before you go to bed. We’re giving you the scoop on this beautifying technique; telling you when you should use it and explaining how great the results can be. Trust us, you’ll want this in your life.


What Is Double Cleansing?

The name pretty much explains everything; first you cleanse your skin once, then go in and cleanse a little more. This process dates back as far as the 14th century and originated in Asia (historical texts in China, Korea and Japan show this ritual being performed by women). Centuries ago women removed thick layers of face powders and face paints with the use of cleansing oils. This wouldn’t take off everything, so this cleansing process was followed by a wash with a foaming cleanser.


Today the process remains quite similar. Typically a facial cleansing oil is applied first to remove any make up or residue. Then a gentle foaming cleanser is applied to the skin and massaged into it to remove any remaining impurities. Double cleansing provides a more in-depth cleansing experience. Washing your face once may leave build-up and make up traces on your skin but washing it twice ensures everything has been removed.


Why Is Double Cleansing Better Than Cleansing Once?

Double cleansing makes your skin truly clean not just makeup-free. Whatever product you apply after cleansing will be better absorbed by your skin. (Find the best cleanser for you here.) That means your essence, serum, dark spot corrector or moisturizer can fully work its magic on freshly cleansed skin.


When Should You Double Cleanse?

Double cleansing is ideal for those times when you are wearing a lot of makeup or have sweat and impurities on your face. It’s the perfect nighttime ritual before you go to bed.


To start, you can use a facial oil cleanser or micellar water (which is made up of water-soluble lipid molecules) to remove your make up. Garnier SkinActive’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-One Makeup Remover & Cleanser removes make up and its compatible with almost all skin types. Next, use the best cleanser for your skin type and massage it on your skin in an upward motion. Rinse everything off your face. Your skin should be free of cosmetics, sebum, sweat and dirt, which makes it the perfect canvas for your next product. Apply a serum, then your moisturizer of choice.


Double cleansing is a good way to ensure your skin is clean before bed.