Double cleansing method: What, Why and How
Have you ever used a sunscreen and have a hard time removing it with just a facial wash? This is why the double cleansing method is important to remove all traces of makeup and sunscreen so your pores will not be clogged.
What is the double cleansing method?
Double cleansing simply means cleansing your face twice. First, with an oil-based cleanser and next with a regular facial wash. This method is popularized by the geishas who would use an oil-based cleanser to remove heavy makeup and then use a facial wash to remove the oil-based cleanser.
Why double cleanse your skin?
If you wear makeup, mineral sunscreens or waterproof sunscreens, you may notice that they cannot be removed by just using a regular facial wash. Mineral sunscreens are very tenacious and can adhere strongly onto the skin. You need to remove makeup and sunscreen thoroughly so your skin will not have clogged pores caused by the products staying so long onto your skin. Hence, double cleansing is important if you are wearing makeup, physical sunblocks, and waterproof sunscreens.
Nowadays though, Japan is heading towards the trend of producing sunscreens (even waterproof and mineral sunscreens) that are removable by using a facial wash. This is because double cleansing every day can make your skin drier if the first cleanser has a high content of surfactants.
How does double cleansing work?
There are 2 types of impurities on our skin which are:
- Oil-based substances such as makeup and sunscreens
- Water-based substances such as sweat, dust, old skin cells, and bacteria
The first step of double cleansing uses an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based substances. The second step of double cleansing uses a water-based cleanser such as a facial foaming wash that would remove water-based substances and the oil-based cleanser.
Types of oil-based cleansers for double cleansing
There are various types of oil-based cleansers. Generally, the oilier cleansers such as cleansing oil, cleansing balm and cleansing cream are better at removing heavy makeup and very tenacious sunscreen. Cleansing gel, cleansing milk and cleansing water are great options for light makeup and non-tenacious sunscreens.
The preferred first step cleanser in Japan is cleansing oil because it removes makeup well and can be rinsed off easily. A very popular cleansing oil is DHC Cleansing Oil. Just pump some cleansing oil onto your dry hand and massage it onto your dry face. Then, wet your hands and massage your face. You will see the oil emulsifies and melts the makeup. Rinse your face and follow up with a facial wash to remove the residue.
Banila Co. Clean it Zero is a best-selling product in Korea. The texture is like a balm but it melts like an oil cleanser when you massage it all over your face. It removes makeup quickly and rinses off easily, leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. It’s no wonder why many Korean women love it. The method to use it is the same as cleansing oil. Scoop a small amount of the product on dry hands and massage it onto dry face. Wet your hands and massage your face to emulsify the product and remove makeup. Rinse your face and follow up with a facial wash.
PONDS Cold Cream Cleanser has been around for many years and it is the go-to choice for a budget cleansing cream. It removes makeup very well but it is more recommended for dry skin due to its very emollient nature. Scoop some product onto dry hands and massage it onto dry skin. Use a wet washcloth to remove the product and then follow up with a facial cleanser.
Cleansing milk can be used to remove light makeup and sunscreen by dispensing some product onto a cotton pad and wiping your face with it. Then follow up with a facial cleanser. Avalon Organics Wrinkle Therapy CoQ10 Cleansing Milk contains CoQ10 & rosehip for anti-aging benefits. It is a vegan, non-animal tested and biodegradable product with no GMOs. In addition, it does not contain parabens, harsh sulfates or preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, and phthalates.
This cleansing gel is a hot-selling item in Japan which is rated no.1 on Japan’s biggest beauty site @cosme. Nursery W Cleansing Gel Yuzu acts as a 2-in-1 cleanser so you do not need to follow up with a facial wash afterwards. This cleanser has a yuzu scent which is refreshing and relaxing. It is effective in removing light makeup and sunscreen. For heavier makeup, cleansing oils and cleansing balms are better choices. To use this cleansing gel, dispense some product onto dry hands and massage onto dry face, then rinse off.
Cleansing waters that are making waves recently are micellar water makeup removers, and the most popular micellar water product is Bioderma Sensibio H2O. You may be wondering why cleansing water is an oil-based cleanser when the texture is like water. This is because cleansing water also contains oil ingredients to remove makeup. For instance, this Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water contains fatty acid esters which is oil-based. Bioderma Sensibio H2O is gentle to the skin. To use it, just dispense some product onto cotton balls and wipe your face. Follow up with a facial wash.