Double cleansing really is worth the effort, say skin experts, but you need to get your products in the right orderMay 6, 2021
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We’ve all heard skincare experts discussing the benefits of double cleansing, but is it just a sneaky marketing ploy? And what does the term actually mean? Hint: it’s not a shampoo-style rinse and repeat.
“Double-cleansing isn’t just as simple as cleaning your face twice – it actually involves using two different types of cleanser,” says Dr Hiba Injibar, consultant dermatologist and founder of Dermasurge on London’s Harley Street.
Before you roll your eyes, thinking double cleansing is just another way for brands to encourage you to buy more products, many leading skincare experts believe it’s a key step in the pursuit of glowing skin. “It’s one of the most important parts of your skincare routine,” confirms Dr Injibar.
However, the secret is to pick your two cleansing products carefully and – crucially – use them in the right order.
“The first cleanse should be oil based and is designed to remove makeup, pollution, and SPF at the end of the day,” says David Delport, product expert and global ambassador for REN Clean Skincare.
“The second cleanse will purify pores and get to work underneath to remove further surface laying toxins, balance skin oiliness, or calm irritation.”
There’s a very good reason for combining products in this order, says Dr Injibar.
“Water-based cleansers are unable to remove the oily impurities on the skin that an oil cleanser is able to dissolve,” she explains.
“Once the daily dirt and grime has been brought to the surface of the skin, the water-based product can then give a much deeper cleanse.”
For a deep first cleanse, try a gel-to-oil like Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser. This formula turns into an oil as you add water and massage it into your skin, enabling it to gently lift away any impurities.
It also has vitamins C and E to repair and protect your face from environmental damage.
It’s £36 here for a full-size bottle but you’ll find a handy 35ml travel size worth £12.60 in this month’s OK! Beauty Box of skincare heroes. The whole box is worth over £80 but you can get it for just £7.50 if you sign up here to our introductory offer.
Now onto the water phase of your cleanse. A great all-rounder is REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel, £23 here, a water-based gel that’s ideal for sensitive skin as it’s free from sulphates and parabens.
Prefer a micellar water? One of our favourites is Bioderma Hydrabio Hydrating Micellar Water, which has a host of celebrity fans including Khloe Kardashian.
A 500ml bottle will normally set you back £19.50, but you’ll also find that full-size version included in this month’s OK! Beauty Box – another good reason to sign up to the £7.50 first box deal!
The micellar water will remove any leftover residue or stubborn make-up without stripping the skin. Simply apply it to a cotton pad or reusable pad – Garnier Micellar Reusable Make-up Eco Pads, £5.99 for three – and wipe all over your face and neck.
Double cleansing is a quick and simple change to your skin regime, and you only need to do it once a day to reap the rewards of glowier, clearer skin.
“As a rule of thumb, you should only double cleanse in the evening,” explains Oskia Skincare founder Georgie Cleeve.
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“A single, simple cleanse is all you need in the morning as all you will be cleansing is slightly sweaty skin.”
Good to know!
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