What is double cleansing and why you should be doing it

Let's be honest, we are all a little bit skincare obsessed.

What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is basically washing your face twice. Mind blowing I know, but there is a bit more to it.

The first step, known as the oil based step, consists of washing your face with an oil or cream based cleanser. This step breaks down oils on the skin, so think your daily makeup, excess sebum build up (your skins natural oil) and SPFs.

How to double cleanse

Step One: The Oil Cleanse

Oil breaks down oil, so your regular foaming or gel cleanser wont cut it. Have you ever cleaned your face, toned and then looked at the cotton pad. Still some makeup on there?

That is why we have to oil cleanse first! Not only will oil cleansing break down your makeup and excess oil, it will help balance your skins microbiome as well. Now your skins microbiome if a whole other topic of its own. But don't worry I have you covered, I wrote an article all about your skin unique bacteria and how it help protect you here.

Step Two: The Water/Gel Cleanse

The second step is washing your face a second time with a gel or water based cleanser. This step pulls out water based impurities like dirt and pollutants that build up throughout the day. This step helps bring back the pH of the skin and helps remove all that was left over from our first cleanse.

How often should you double cleanse?

As a general rule of thumb, you only need to be double cleansing once a day. Ideally you should be double cleansing at night. This will ensure that the days build up of toxins, dirt, grime, makeup and dead skin cells will be cleansed off before bed. Letting your skin breath and repair at night is crucial to healthy, glowing skin.

What are the benefits of double cleansing?

Double cleansing was introduced to the world via Korean skin care and if we know anything, it's that Koreans do skin care right. You don't have to go for the full 12 steps involved in most K-beauty routines, but double cleansing is a great jumping off point. Not only will you be cleansing your skin, but your will be controlling the production of oil, balancing pH and restoring your skins integrity, all with just a more in depth cleansing routine.

What products do I use?

Don't worry I have you covered. Below are some of my favourite products. Remember, you want one from the oil section and one from the water/gel section. If you already have something you can use at home, be sure to check it doesn't have any nasties that might hinder the whole process. If you are unsure of what you be avoiding in you skincare, read my article '5 Ingredients you to avoid in your skin care routine'.

Oil Based Cleansers

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser

Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser

Water/Gel Based Cleansers

Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser

Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser

WELEDA Gentle Cleansing Foam

Let's Recap

What is double cleansing?

  • Double cleansing involves washing your face twice. Starting with an oil based cleanser and finishing with a water based cleanser

How to double cleanse?

  • Double cleansing involves 2 steps

  • The first step is to use an oil based cleanser to break down makeup and face oils

  • The second step is to use a water/gel based cleanser to remove dirt and impurities

How often should you double cleanse?

  • one daily, in the evening.

What are the benefits of double cleansing?

  • the benefits of double cleansing include nourishing skin, restoring balance and controlling the production of oil (good for both dry and oily skin types!)

About the Author

Chloe is an internal skincare Naturopath with a passion for, you guessed it, healing your skin from within. Aside from seeing people in her online clinic, Chloe is also runs several internal skincare courses to help set you up for success by giving you the tools you need to help heal your skin for good. Sound like you? Check out her courses here.

Chloe also hosts a podcast Skin From Within, covering all things internal skincare from hormonal acne to rosacea, psoriasis and more.