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The Art Of The Double Cleanse

If you have been vigilant for years with your skincare regime, then you are already cleansing, toning, moisturized, and using the right oils and ampoules for your skin type. If you are still using soap and water or face wipes, then this will be perfect to start you off. 

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The Double Cleanse

Doing a double cleanse will mean you add an extra step into your skincare routine. But that isn’t a bad thing. In fact, double cleansing is pretty much essential. Your single cleanser is doing the most right now and trying to take off everything in just a few swipes. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, it shouldn’t be that way. 

Exactly as the name implies, you will be cleansing twice. But, you’re going to need two different face cleansers. One face cleanser that is oil-based and a more traditional face cleanser. 

The oil-based cleanser will be putting in all the hard work. Lifting dirt, oils, makeup, sunscreen, and pollution too. That is typically the stuff that a traditional cleanser can’t lift all of. Why? Because water and oil don’t mix. Oil and oil, however? They work perfectly together. 

The oil cleanser will feel nourishing on your skin too. The ceramides and lipids between the skin cells will be left alone, but you’ll still get a really deep clean. 

Follow the oil with a traditional cleanser. The traditional cleanser will remove all of the surface level residues and remove anything that was left from the oil. This gives you a truly deep and nourishing cleanse for your skin. 

And rather than use throwaway cotton pads, opt for a super-soft facial cloth than you can reuse. It’s gentler on the skin and the environment. 


One: a pea-sized amount of cleansing oil or oil-based balm warmed in your hands.

Two: massage all over your face. Be gentle, and spend at least a minute doing this massage. It will leave skin glowing and plumped up as it improves circulation. This will also really work the product into your skin, and you will see dirt, makeup, and more lifting as you do this. 

Three: take a warm damp washcloth to gently wipe away all of the residues that are currently on your face. If you want, you can leave the washcloth on for a moment for a little bit of steam action. 

Four: once everything is removed from cleansing one, it is time for cleanse two. Use a small amount of your second cleanser and massage that into your face. Face, jaw, neck, and more should all be done in both cleansing steps. Remove in the same way.

Five: complete your usual skincare regime. Use products that are packed with active ingredients, because your skin will absorb the nourishment really well now. And, leave a little time before each step so that your skin can really soak it all up.

It is essential that you do this every day. It will help your skin to look soft, supple, and clean at all times. And give the perfect base for your makeup.

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