Beauty Skincare

All You Need to Know About: Double Cleansing

What is double cleansing? How is it beneficial for your skin? Let’s find out!

“Double cleansing involves thoroughly washing your face with two cleansers – oil-based and water-based. The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any make-up, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern and should have ingredients to hydrate, smooth or exfoliate, and treats acne. This prevents the skin from over-drying,” Aishwarya Sawarna Nir, Founder of Global Beauty Secrets.

We are all familiar with the benefits of having clean facial skin. It doesn’t just look good or feel good, but it also reflects very well on our health, if we don’t have excess inflammation, premature signs of aging, or acne.

She adds, “The most popular method for cleansing our face, therefore, has been using a cleanser daily, which is ideal, but in recent times the double cleansing routine has also gained ground. It is nothing but simply cleansing your face twice, first with an oil-based cleanser than with a water-based cleanser. The clear benefit of the double cleansing regimen is that the first step dissolves stubborn oil-based makeup or unwanted grime that clogs your facial pores and the second step nourishes your skin as well as helps in giving the requisite treatment the skin type requires.”

When to use it? Double cleansing is ideal once a day either in the morning or at night, this can be tackled as per your lifestyle. However, for a cleanser to deliver the best results, understanding one’s skin type is essential.

Oily skin: Double cleansing is ideal for this skin type. As oil-based cleanser dissolves and cleanses stubborn grime from the face. Oil/micellar water (oily micelles) + clay or gel-based cleanser with ingredients like rosewater/honey/tea tree/green tea/ moringa, etc regulates sebum production.

Dry skin: The skin is already dry and can present premature signs of ageing. Use a cleansing balm with coconut oil/jojoba oil/shea butter and products with anti-aging properties and ingredients like rosehip/carrot seed/vitamin C/green tea/ hylauronic acid.

Normal / combination skin: This is a combination of both dry and oily skin types. Use a nutrient-rich oil-based cleanser with ceramides and ingredients like pomegranate oil/argan oil and follow with a foam-based cleanser like almond or hyaluronic acid.

Sensitive skin: For sensitive skin, try a cleanser that contains ingredients with antioxidants or anti-inflammatory ingredients such as tea tree/vitamin E/aloe or green tea and a cleanser with exfoliating agents like salicylic or glycolic acid.

Mature skin: For this skin type, use oil with essential oils /vitamins / antioxidants and cleanser with vitamin A or C (ascorbic acid) and E/grapeseed/niacinamide/retinoids, etc. that help with the prevention of ageing.