There is no doubt about it, cleansing is the most important part of anyone’s skin care routine. Think about it, if you haven’t effectively cleaned your face of dirt/oil/makeup then it doesn’t matter what fancy serum you put on, it won’t be able to properly penetrate your skin and work its magic.
Think of like washing your hair. Would you just rinse your hair and declare it clean, or do you spend a little more time shampooing and conditioning? Well, your face deserves the same tlc. One wash is ok but two is far better.
Yes it’s a little more effort to wash your face twice but if you want clear, glowing skin, laziness won’t cut it.
“I regret taking care of my skin.” ~said no-one, ever.
3 benefits of the double cleanse:
1.Bacteria is more efficiently cleaned, thus reducing acne and promoting a clearer complexion.
2.Massaging skin encourages blood flow to the face inducing a youthful glow.
3.Serums and moisturisers will be better absorbed.
The double cleanse is most important in the evening when your face has been exposed to pollution, spf, make up and sebum production is elevated.
The key to double cleansing is to be thorough, yet gentle. You want to remove all the products and bacteria on your skin, without being harsh and scrubbing your poor face to oblivion.
This step gets rid of the surface grime; make up, oil and general daily dirt. To loosen all that grime, it’s best to use an oil or balm and take your time massaging the product into your skin, including your neck. The oil attracts oil on your face and helps to rebalance sebum levels.
Either rinse or use a muslin cloth/flannel or, my personal favourite, a konjac sponge to remove the product along with the muck on your face.
Good 1st Cleansers:
This is where the deep cleaning happens. Now the surface dirt has been cleansed away your second cleanser can get to work cleaning deep into the pores and targeting specific concerns, like hyperpigmentation or acne.
As this step is more of a deep down targeted wash, you want to pay special attention to the ingredients in the product you’re using. Avoid harsh chemicals, drying alcohols and irritating scrubs. Instead, opt for a gel, clay, milk or cream based cleanser.
Gels and clays work best for oilier skins, whereas milks and creams are better suited to sensitive and drier skin. I prefer creamy cleansers, especially in the winter when central heating leaves my skin dehydrated, sore and hypersensitive.
Good 2nd cleansers:
My favourites are nourishing balms like Pinks Anti ageing one, Pai’s cleanser which is gentle and smells divine and anything by Tata Harper. Don’t get me wrong Tata Harper is insanely expensive and unless I become a millionaire I won’t be able to afford it, but if you can get your hands on a sample you won’t regret it.
After double cleasing I crack on with my evening skin care routine.
Not convinced? Check out the Caroline Hirons a.k.a the skin guru’s guide to double cleansing.
Glow on, give your face some tlc and have a wonderful week x