Soap-and-water combo and face wipes aren’t enough if we want all that gunk and grime off our face after a full day of work, school, errands, and working out. Double cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice by first, with an oil-based cleanser and second with a water-based cleanser. It can help remove stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin even after washing your face only once.
The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern. It should have ingredients to hydrate, smooth or exfoliate, and treat acne. Doing both steps will assure that any treatment serums and moisturizer are not working in vain.
It’s Important to Double-Cleanse According to Your Skin Type:
Like with most skincare routines, this step is not a one product fits all. Considering your skin type and taking into account your specific skin concern, choosing the right double-cleansing products is key in making sure you get the most out of your routine.
Normal or Combination Skin:
First cleanse; Nutrient-rich, oil-based cleansers with ceramides help plump and moisturize your skin. Whether your skin is dry in one area and oily on the other, or it’s a normal skin type, your skin is looking to restore its balance. To maintain your skin’s balance, gently massage your face with cleansing oils that contain argan, jojoba or safflower.
Second cleanse: Use a foam cleanser with almond and squalene oils and hyaluronic and glycolic acids to balance your pH with ingredients that allow your skin to hold its own natural moisture, to smooth, and to brighten your complexion.
First cleanse: An oil-based cleanser can actually help get rid your skin of impurities and sebum. Oil attracts oil, so this will help to remove makeup, sweat and any oils that have accumulated on your skin.
Second cleanse: Follow it up with a gel or clay face cleanser and look for ingredients like green tea, aloe, rose, and glycolic acid. These help balance moisture, prevent inflammation and regulate sebum production.
First cleanse: Relieve dry skin with a cleansing balms infused with shea butter and sunflower, coconut or jojoba oils to boost hydration and help restore your skin’s lipid barrier.
Second cleanse: Dry skin also makes you more prone to developing premature signs of aging, so choose products with anti-aging ingredients like vitamin C, green tea, and hyaluronic or glycolic acids. After your rinse, apply your night moisturizer or face oil on (slightly) damp skin to help seal in moisture.
- Arbonne SuperCalm Vegan Cleansing Milk
Sensitive or Acne Prone:
First cleanse: A gentle cleansing oil when removing your makeup should suite your skin best. To keep your skin from breaking out and calm irritation, look for vitamin E, aloe, green tea, glycolic acid, and tea tree oil ingredients in your cleanser that are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Second cleanse: For your second cleanse, look for a cleanser with exfoliating agents. SkinCeuticals’s cleanser works best for troubled skin as it contains glycolic and salicylic acid that can help to brighten your skin, clear blemishes, and unclog pores. You can also alternate with milk cleansers, that may provide a soothing effect to balance out the exfoliating you are doing.
First cleanse: Milk cleansers cleanse your face thoroughly while hydrating and balancing your skin. Products that are infused with vitamins, essential oils, and antioxidants, nourish, restore elasticity, and repair your skin’s natural barrier.
Second cleanse: Look for cleansers with vitamins A, C, and E, ceramics, and hyaloronic acid. These ingredients deliver anti-aging benefits, boost moisture, and hydrate. These ingredients can also provide a defense from environmental stressors. Avoid alcohol-based cleansers as they may strip away the natural oils in your skin.
Soap-and-water combo and face wipes aren’t enough if we want all that gunk and grime off our face after a full day of work, school, errands, and working out.
You must be careful to use products that suite you in order to not irritate your skin and lead to breakouts. If we strip too much of our natural oils, our body can respond by producing more oil causing this. Another way to prevent overstripping is to double cleanse only at night, after you have oils and makeup on your skin that needs to be removed.
How Can I Decrease The Appearance Of My Acne Scars?
There are different types of acne scarring. Darkened or hyper-pigmented acne scars can be improved with sunscreen, vitamin A creams, and topical vitamin C. For skin texture changes such as deep divots in the skin from your acne, you should look for treatments that help remodel the collagen, such as micro-needling, chemical peels, or lasers.
What is AHA & BHA? Do I need them?
Yes! Alpha Hydroxy Acid works on the top layer of the skin to smooth it out. Beta Hydroxy Acid penetrates deeper to help even out skin tone and reduce the oiliness of the skin. The best way to use AHA and BHA is to use them at night (instead of your retinoid or vitamin A creams to minimize irritation of using both products).
Tip: Always wear sunscreens in the morning as acids will make you more sensitive to the sun.
Can I get rid of my large pores?
The pores dilate from wide to narrow and narrow to wide, but you can lessen the appearance of large pores by sticking with a good skin care routine. Once or twice a week exfoliate. Also using products with green tea as an ingredient will help shrink pore size. Green tea cleanses the pores and contains antibacterial agents.
Can oily skin be dehydrated?
Absolutely! Oily skin can even be a sign of dehydration. Never skip moisturizer and choose one that’s lightweight and suitable for your skin. Avoid stripping products like bar soaps or other products with surfactants or alcohol.
Does my eye cream have purpose? Or can my moisturizer work the same?
If you have concerns like fine lines, darkness, or bags under your eyes, then there are eye creams that can target that. Other than these, if you don’t have any of those concerns than your normal moisturizer works just fine.
Always use your ring finger (it’s the weakest) to gently apply eye cream and concealer so that you don’t pull or drag the skin.
Disclaimer: Everyone’s skin is quite different. Everyone has a different complexion. You might have a different reaction to a product than I will. A product has done wonders for my skin but may not be useful to yours. However, someone reading may get similar to the same results as I have now.
I have inserted a before picture, and you see my skin without foundation makeup pictured as well. It took 5 steps to achieve this result in about 6-10 months. Keep in mind, your results may vary, but I thought I’d share for those looking for a boost.
Taking care of your skin is more important than covering it up.
Step 1: Curology
Many of you have heard of Curology — a custom made formula for your skin. It took around 6 weeks to see results, and I will thank Curology for getting rid of my scattered acne. Ever since using their custom formula for my skin, I never had one pimple pop up! My blackheads disappeared as well!
I started using this at the same time as Curology, but I used Curology in the nights and this toner in the day time. It’s the combination of these two that altogether cured the breakouts on my face. This toner never irritated my skin and feels very light as it’s oil-free.
Step 3: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
My skin was dehydrated and looked — well — bland, you can simply put it. This moisturizer leaves skin hydrated, and it is very lightweight, giving your makeup a more natural look. It’s also the best seller worldwide, so I’ve got people on my side!
Step 4: Olay’s Retinol Night Eye Cream
Only recently I noticed my concealer going on patchy and that my eyes would not absorb it properly. I never cared for eye creams, but now I did! A few blogger ladies wrote about this eye cream, and why Retinol is essential in your routine, so I gave this Olay Night Cream a try. It did not irritate my eyes, but it is heavy, so thankfully — it’s a night cream! During the night, it nourishes and hydrates the eyes and gives noticeable results quickly.
Step 5: Glossier’s Futuredew Oil Serum
In just two weeks, my face saw immediate radiance on its own. This serum has nourishing oils that don’t feel greasy but gives skin a well-moisturized look. It does not interfere with my makeup either — makes my skin dewy — which is the healthy glow we all want, am I right?
Everyone’s skin is different and reacts to products differently. Many live in very different climates. Our bodies react one way or another. The face can tell a lot about your health.
Face mapping can tell you about the health of your organs based on the area of the face where it is linked to. Chinese Face Mapping is an ancient practice that links certain areas of your face to your inner health. Your acne can be linked to other health issues. A spot can tell you that your body does not agree with fatty foods or dairy products, etc.
The face — whether dry, oily, sensitive, or normal, needs its own skin routine. Skincare products have their own purposes and we use them based on our needs.
Depending on your skin type, here is the outline of what products you should be using in your routines. We have also put together a FREE PDF Guide for a personalized skincare routine. Get your PDF Guide through email.
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Skincare Routine For Every Skin Type:
Why Is Wearing SPF Essential To Your Skincare Routine?
If you don’t protect your skin with SPF, it doesn’t matter how many anti-aging creams you use.
Dr. Tabasum Mir says, “If you don’t protect your skin with SPF, it doesn’t matter how many anti-aging creams you use.”