Sunday, February 22, 2015

Skincare Sunday: Double Cleansing

While venturing in to the world of Korean Skin Care, I have completely changed my daily routine - but there are still a few things that I am still trying to figure out! One step that is still new to me is the idea of Double Cleansing! 

Double Cleansing is just that - a two step cleansing routine! This is actually a skincare regime that originated in Japan and was used by the Geisha. 

I was a little apprehensive at first at the idea of using an oil cleanser - it just seemed a little weird to me to wash your face twice! But, my oil cleanser only came in the mail about a week ago and the results are amazing! I have swapped to a nightly double cleanse routine! 

She's in the Glow describes double cleansing as:

"The process follows a simple formula: Cleanse first with an oil to dissolve the makeup. Then follow up with a soapier cleanser that removes leftover impurities and cleanses deeper into the pores. 

When left in the skin, those impurities can lead to a number of problems that we usually just brush off as “normal,” like wrinkles, dullness, acne, bumps and redness. Double cleansing is like the deep cleansing of skincare and not only prevents bad and aging skin, but it also allows for proper absorption of serums and moisturizers, making your skincare routine all around more-effective."

Makes sense to me! And note: prior to double cleansing, still use a make-up remover on your point make-up - mascara, lipstick, etc. Double Cleansing is not meant to replace make-up remover, just to dissolve the remainder of the makeup! 

Step 1 of Double Cleansing is a Oil Cleanser, and Step 2 is a Foaming Cleanser. Here are the products I am currently using:

  • Skin Food Black Sugar Cleansing Oil
  • Skin Food Egg White Pore Meringue Foam


These are the steps I follow for my Double Cleansing routine:
Step 1: Make-up Remover

Step 2: Lightly wet hands and add 2 pumps of oil cleanser to palms. Rub lightly together and apply all over face. Leave on for 20-30 seconds to absorb. Lightly wet face and gently massage cleanser in to face - focus on heavily make-uped areas such as eyes and cheeks.

Step 3: Use luke-warm water and rinse off of face.

Step 4: While skin is still damp - apply 1 or 2 pumps of foam cleanser to hands and apply to face. (I find the foam cleanser I use only needs 1 pump for a good amount of product!)

Step 5: Rinse off with luke-warm water

Step 6: Pat face dry

Step 7: complete skin care routine. 

Here is a look at the difference between makeup remover + 1 cleanser and makeup remover + 2 cleansers:

The picture above is just makeup remover and 1 cleanser - this still works and removed most of my make-up, but you can see around my eye that there is still remnants of mascara still remaining. 



Now this picture is of make-up remover + double cleansing. There is not a drop of makeup left anywhere, no black marks anywhere!

I am convinced that the double cleansing method really works and is actually great for your skin - gets deep down in to pores to remove all impurities!

Have you tried the double cleansing method? What do you think of it?

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