The Art of the Double Cleanse
Have you heard of double cleansing? It is an interesting notion, and I have adopted it into my skin care routine. There are some very good reasons to double cleanse and the process is pretty simple. So let's look at the most basic version of the rundown.
Basically, the double cleanse method is great for anyone who has sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, or uses makeup or sunscreens on a daily basis. So, basically everyone should double cleanse, since we all need to be wearing sunscreen on our face every day.
The method is this: First, cleanse with a gentle oil-based cleanser. One could argue that a pure oil could be used here, however modern formulations usually contain an emulsifier that makes the process overall better. I am using the Elemis cleansing balm at this time. Another popular choice here is the Clinique Take the Day Off balm. After removing the balm (I usually use a very warm cloth), proceed with the second part, which is to use your gentle, water-based cleanser. Now your skin is well prepared for your evening skin care routine.
By doing both steps, you have removed the barriers to allowing your serums and moisturizers to penetrate into your skin and do their glorious work. One last note, this is best done in the evening to remove makeup, dirt, pollution, sunscreen, and excess oil from the day and is not necessary to do in the morning. It has been working quite well for me and I'd love to hear how it does for you in the comments!