I've been double cleansing my face every night for over a few months and I've noticed that it has had a really positive effect on my complexion. I first learned about the process when watching a show on Park Shin Hye who I featured last week. She shared that this was an indispensable step in her nightly beauty routine and her skin is radiantly beautiful. After doing some research I learned that this has long been a common practice in Asian skincare regimens.
This process usually involves using an oil or balm cleanser followed by a round of cleansing with a traditional creamy or foaming cleanser. The first step will gently remove makeup, dirt and excess sebum on your face while also exfoliating your dead skin cells away. For the second step, you will want to address the specific needs of your skin so you can choose a cleanser based on whatever that may be to balance, purify and replenish it. Cleansing your face in this manner not only ensures that your skin is completely clear of impurities but will also optimize the effectiveness of the products you apply onto your face afterwards.
- Pump the oil cleanser onto your dry fingertips and rub together to warm.
- Starting at your forehead, massage your skin gently and firmly in upward and outward circular strokes.
- Work down your nose to your chin and then from sides of the nose outward to the cheeks for one minute.
- This works to dissolve makeup and dirt, drawing them out from your skin.
- Apply a small amount of water to emulsify the oil.
- Continue to massage your face for another 30 seconds before rinsing with lukewarm water.
- Repeat with your favorite cleanser, massaging your face in the same manner for another minute.
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- This removes any residue while also purifying your skin.
- Splash your face with cold water 10 - 20 times to tone and tighten your pores.
This is the double cleansing process I've been using. It does take a little more time but I definitely feel that it's worth it for the improvement I've seen in clarity, brightness and tone. Plus it just leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and soft when I'm done. If you have oily skin or sensitive, you don't have to avoid oil cleansers. If you think about it, oil attracts oil and repels water so it penetrates to lift dirt, oil and bacteria out of your pores without stripping your skin.
The products pictured are part of my current routine. The Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil is a constant. This commercial with Song Hye Kyo is a very convincing sell for the product since she has a most enviable complexion. This vitamin C rich blend of grapefruit and apricot seed oils actually does work very well in my experience. It is an Asian beauty product that isn't currently available in the US but Target does carry Laneige and I hope they will eventually add this to their product mix. There are many options for cleansing oils on the market these days including many natural choices. I've also had positive experiences with the classic DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and this Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. Amarté Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam is my go to cleanser but I switch it up with Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser and Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser. 3-4 times a week I integrate my Clarisonic Mia into the the second step of the process for a boost in exfoliation.
Have you ever double cleansed? Is this something you would consider doing?