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withSimplicity | Updated May 22, 2023


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In the realm of skincare, finding the perfect routine that truly nourishes and revitalizes your skin can feel like an ongoing quest.

However, there's one technique that has gained immense popularity and is considered a game-changer in the beauty world: double cleansing.

If you're looking to achieve a radiant complexion and address common skincare concerns effectively, we're here to guide you through the ins and outs of double cleansing. Get ready to unlock the secrets to flawless skin as we explore the benefits, techniques, and key products involved in this holy grail skincare routine!

What is Double Cleansing?

Double cleansing is a two-step cleansing method that involves using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser. This technique originates from the Korean skincare philosophy, which emphasizes thorough yet gentle cleansing to achieve optimal skin health.

The oil-based cleanser effectively removes oil-based impurities such as makeup, sunscreen, excess sebum, and pollutants, while the water-based cleanser further cleanses the skin by eliminating water-based impurities like sweat and dirt. By combining these two steps, you can achieve a deep cleanse that clears the skin and prepares it for the subsequent steps in your skincare routine.

What are the Benefits of Double Cleansing?

  • Thorough Cleansing: Double cleansing ensures a more thorough removal of impurities, allowing your skincare products to penetrate deeply and work more effectively.
  • Clears Clogged Pores: By eliminating excess oil, dirt, and makeup residue, double cleansing helps unclog pores and reduces the occurrence of breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads.
  • Improved Skin Texture: Regular double cleansing promotes smoother and softer skin texture, leaving your complexion looking refined and revitalized.
  • Enhances Skincare Absorption: By starting with a clean canvas, your skin is better prepared to absorb the active ingredients in your serums, moisturizers, and treatments, maximizing their benefits.
  • Prevents Premature Aging: Double cleansing aids in removing environmental pollutants and free radicals that can contribute to premature aging, helping to maintain a youthful appearance.

How Do I Double Cleanse?

Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like: cleansing your face not once, but twice at night. If you have highly sensitive skin, we do not recommend double cleansing everyday, but instead incorporating this technique into your skin routine a few times a week.

Step 1: Oil-Based Cleanser

Begin by applying an oil-based cleanser, like our Makeup Remover, to dry skin. Gently massage the cleanser in circular motions, focusing on areas with heavy makeup or stubborn residue. The oil-based cleanser will dissolve makeup, excess oil, and impurities. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Step 2: Water-Based Cleanser

After removing the oil-based cleanser, follow up with a water-based cleanser suited for your skin type. This could be a gel, foam, or cream cleanser. (Our foaming face washes are perfect for this step.) Massage it onto damp skin, working it into a lather. The water-based cleanser will eliminate any remaining impurities and leave your skin feeling fresh and clean. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Pro-Tip: Use a Konjac Sponge

Consider incorporating cleansing tools such as a konjac sponge into your double cleansing routine. This tool can provide gentle exfoliation and enhance the cleansing process by helping to dislodge impurities and dead skin cells, leaving your skin even more refreshed and radiant.

Learn more about how to use a konjac sponge in one of our previous blogs.