I’ve been hearing the phrase “double cleanse” more and more lately, so I thought I’d weigh in with a LIVE WELL installment on the topic.
Double cleansing is the very trendy thing to do right now when it comes to skincare. All the big magazines and beauty resources are raving about it—I’m sure you’ve seen it. And if they allllll say it’s good, it probably is. But IMO, the key to quality skincare is simply listening to your skin and giving it what it needs in that moment. Sometimes that’s two cleansers, sometimes that’s one. Whatever works best for you!
But how did this even become a thing? Well, with the increasing popularity of Korean beauty, double cleansing, one of K-beauty’s most well-known rituals, rose in the charts to become one of the most important steps in one’s skincare routine.
The pros over at Allure spoke to a dermatologist that suggested thinking of it as first lifting the dirt, grime and pollutants and then washing them away. The same dermatologist also recommended first using an oil-based cleanser or micellar water—something that will really “lift” the impurities. For your second cleanser, it’s suggested to use something that’s super gentle and lathers nicely.
It’s also important to note that the main benefit of double cleansing is that products can really be more effective when applied to an already clean face, so having that first cleanser to remove and the second to penetrate is never a bad thing.
What’s been your experience with double cleansing? Is it something you practice regularly? I’m into trying!