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Skin Details:
NC15. Semi-acne prone. 
Sensitive and oily skin.
Current routine here!

"It's not vanity, it's self-care. There's a difference." – Jonathan Van Ness

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Double Cleansing: A Guide

Double Cleansing: A Guide

What is double cleansing? 
Double cleansing is: washing your face in two steps with two different types of cleansers.

  • First, using an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based debris, such as sebum, sunscreen, foundation/makeup, and air pollution your pores may have trapped.

  • Second, using a water-based cleanser to remove water-based debris such as, sweat, dirt, and any other stubborn debris the oil-based cleanser didn't get.

Now bare with me, I know it sounds crazy to wash your face twice, but Korean women swear by this method! I've only started doing this ever since I purchased Banila Co. Clean It Zero, an oil-based cleanser to remove my makeup. At first, I only started using this as a single cleanser on the days that I wear makeup, and use a foaming cleanser on the days that I don't. I was later introduced to double cleansing and my skin absolutely loved it.


Why you should be double cleansing:

  • Your pores will get an even deeper cleanse, therefore removing impurities your regular cleanser may have missed.

  • It brightens your skin's dullness, overall giving your face a brighter complexion.

  • It'll allow your skincare routine such as, serums, moisturizers, and oils, to penetrate deeper and work more effectively.

  • Double cleansing works on ALL skin types! Especially if your skin is acne-prone and/or you live in a highly polluted city. This will help prevent more break outs and guarantee to penetrate deep into pores to draw out stubborn debris.

One major thing to point out is, oil cleansers do not add more oil to your face! Even if your skin is super oily, oil cleansers will actually HELP with the production of excess oil despite it having the word "oil" in its name. 



How do I double cleanse? 

Step 1: Have an oil based cleanser! 

My two favorites that I use to break down my makeup and SPF are: Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser & Banila Co. Clean It Zero. Both are amazing at breaking down makeup and grime (Especially waterproof makeup)!

How to use: Pump or scoop the cleanser onto your fingers and apply it onto your face in circular motions. Add some water to emulsify the cleanser. It should look slightly milky in this process! Then, rinse off the oil cleanser with lukewarm water.

Step 2: Have a water based cleanser! 

I currently use 2 cleansers  that I switch back and forth depending on which is near me. Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam & Neogen Cranberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser. Either of these are gentle enough to get deep into your pores without drying out your skin. 

How to use: Once you've washed off the oil based cleanser, grab about a dime sized cleanser or one pump of the water based cleanser and gently rub it onto your face in circular motions. 

Step 3: Gently dry off your face with a face cloth in a patting motion and enjoy clear, bright skin!

You can use this method in the morning AND at night. It's gentle enough to do this twice a day! Depending on where you live, the amount of makeup you wear, how much you're outside, etc. you can adjust this method to how ever many times you need to watch a day. I don't recommend going over twice a day though. You know your skin best, and the double cleansing method is for all skin types (even the very oily and overly sensitive ones).

Oil-Based Cleansers:

Banila Co. Clean It Zero ($19)

Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser ($9-18)

Garnier Micellar Water ($4-7)

Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil ($28) 

Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm ($22-34)

Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil ($39)

Water-Based Cleansers:

Neogen Foam Cleanser ($19) – Cranberry, Green Tea, Blueberry, or Cereal

Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick ($22)

Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam ($30)

The Face Shop Renewal White Seed Exfoliating Foam Cleanser ($10)

Cosrx Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser ($11)

Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser ($36)

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($15)

(I am not sponsored by any of the brands nor am I affiliated with any of the brands listed above. Thank you for reading & take care! ♡ - Annie) 

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