What is Double Cleansing?
So we all know we should take our makeup off, but double cleansing?! Is it all a marketing ploy to get us to part with our hard earn cash on more products or it is actually worth doing? Caroline Hirons says ‘if you’ve spent time putting it on, then take time taking it off’. Preach it! If you don’t follow her insta you should, I like it for the equal amount of skin care chat and rants?If you want to know more about this skin care ritual that everyone is talking about then keep reading.
Firstly – What is cleansing and why should we do it?
Cleansing is the process of removing anything nasty from your skin. That includes makeup, pollution, spf, sweat, anything that you really don’t want your skin to absorb and stay in your pores. There are lots of different ways people cleanse some people use wipes (eek –they may be convenient but your average makeup remover wipes really aren’t great) oils, foams, soaps, balms. It’s usually the first stage of a skin care routine, followed by toning and moisturising etc. It is so important to cleanse before going to bed to ensure your pores aren’t clogging while you sleep.
So now we know why we cleanse, why do it twice?
Double cleansing is something women have been doing for a loooong time over and I’m just starting to take note (I’m so behind). It is using a two-pronged approach to make sure we remove every kind of product/grime from our faces. You use and oil cleanser or balm to remove the oil based products like foundation and excess sebum. Then you want to use a water-based to remove sweat and pollution etc.
How to double cleanse.
The process is as self-explanatory as it sounds – you wash your face twice. Simples. It’s up to you if you want to remove your eye make first. Most oils and balms are gentle enough to use around your eyes. This is always my personal preference as my eyes are super sensitive to most eye makeup removers. The oil should be put on dry skin, starting in the middle of the face, working your way out in circular motions. Letting the oil or balm melt away your makeup. Then use your next cleanser, massaging into the skin to remove anything else and nourish your skin.
Is it worth it?
I am going to find out! I have treated myself to Caroline Hirons double cleansing collaboration with pixi and I’m going to put it to the test. Up until now I have used a range of things to cleanse my face and I always come back to coconut oil. I’m obsessed, if you don’t believe me I devoted a whole blog post to it that you can read here. But I am putting aside my beloved coconut oil and am going to see how I get on double cleansing.
So watch this space!
I would love to hear if you’ve tried double cleansing and what your experience was like!