We've all heard about the double cleansing method when wearing makeup, but it doesn't stop there. Sunscreen can also be very difficult to fully remove since it can be water resistant. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, acne-prone, or dehydrated skin, it is important to wash off pollution, impurities, and sunscreen, by double cleansing.
If you have never heard of double cleansing before, it just means a two-step cleanse. The first is usually oil, and the second is a gel, but you can use anything as long as you are using it twice. Still, remember that skincare is personal, so it doesn't mean that you need to double cleanse all the time.
You might want to double cleanse if you:
- Used Waterproof or Mineral Sunscreen
- Reapplied Sunscreen Many Times
- Are Wearing Waterproof Makeup
- Are in a Warm or Humid Climate
- Have a Build Up of Dirt and Pollution
This post will make you a pro on all things cleansing, which is the most important step in your skincare routine.
First Cleanse: Oil-Based
The first cleanse works to break down sunscreen, makeup, oil, dirt, and any product build-up you may have on the skin. Since you want a cleanser that breaks down heavy formulas effectively, the best option is oil. Oil works to break down similar compositions in your products, and even the oil you produce. For dry skin types, you may just want to double-cleanse twice with an oil-based cleanser, since a gel cleanser can be stripping.
Additional benefits to oil cleansing include:
- Removing Oil Plugs
- Reducing Black and White Heads
- Skin Softening
- Skin Hydration
To effectively oil cleanse apply 2-3 pumps or a quarter size on dry skin. Massage for 1-2 minutes. Afterward, you should emulsify the oil with water, then rinse off.
While a cleansing oil is the most effective, there are also micellar and cream cleansers that have a similar effect.
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Second Cleanse: Water-Based
The second cleanser works to treat your skin type and remove any excess residue that the oil has left behind. The second cleanse is usually a gel cleanser that is water activated, but you make also use a cream cleanser if you have sensitive or dry skin. Since you have already cleansed your skin, it is important to not use a cleanser that is as stripping, so try to find one that works for you. A good tip is to find one with a pH of 4.5-6.5, which is usually a lot more gentle on the skin. This cleanser may also have any actives like exfoliants or Vitamin C to start treating your skin.
To effectively second cleanse with little irritation, make sure that you are cleansing for no longer than 1 minute. To create a more gentle lather emulsify with water before applying, then quickly rinse off.