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For those of us that just about manage to drag a face wipe around our face at the end of a long day, news that you need to up your cleansing routine will probably cause a mini meltdown. But before you throw your hot cloths and cleansing brushes out the bathroom, there is a super easy regime to get your skin looking better (that will only take a tiny bit longer – promise).
Enter, double cleansing. Some of you may already be familiar, but if you’re yet to be acquainted, double cleansing, which is exactly what it, sounds like (it’s straightforward like that). Cleansing not once but twice.
“If you’re not removing all of the pollution and dirt from your skin, you’re wasting your money on whatever you put on next as it won’t be able to do its job,” explains Sonia Deasy, Founder of skincare brand Pestle & Mortar. If there’s anything in the way of your face oil or serum (excess make-up, daily dirt etc) that hasn’t been taken off by your cleanse, your products will just lazily sit atop of skin not really doing much.
Not to mention if you’ve got any dullness, congestion or suffer from the odd spot or even acne, it could be caused by the nasties that you thought you’d taken off with a single cleanse were actually still lurking and blocking your pores.
And although simply cleansing twice sounds pretty simple, there is a bit of an art to it. Here’s your cleanse-by-numbers:
1) Oil based cleansers are the bomb.
Starting with an oil-based cleanser is the quickest way to get rid of the surface layer of dirt, make-up pollution and SPF on your skin as oil attracts oil and gets it off. Rub your oil straight on to dry skin (even if you’re wearing make-up) massage it in and rinse it off.
Powder favourites: The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
2) Now cleanse again
The second cleanse removes any leftovers from your first, adds some goodies into your skin and prepares your skin for what’s to come next (serums, moisturisers, eye creams and oils – we’re looking at you). It’s best to use a gel or a balm formula as they’re often much gentler than foams which can be too stripping for most skins.
Powder favourites: Oskia Renaissance Cleanser
3) Finally, invest in a cloth
Whether you go for your regular bog standard flannel or its more refined cousin – the muslin cloth, run it under warm water and rub all of your cleanser off with it. Using a cloth is a winner as it gives a light exfoliation to really make sure any muck is gone and it takes off any dead skin cells in the process. Not bad for something you can pick up for a quid. We’re also fans of fancy pants cleansing tools too, the Foreo Luna 2 does a great job for this final step.