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Why You Need To Do a Double Cleanse

Here’s a tip for anyone who wears makeup or SPF. It doesn’t matter what skin type you have or what your skin concerns are. You should be double cleansing. That’s right, just about everyone reading this (YOU) should be double cleansing.

When you go in for a facial chances are your Esthetician is doing a double cleanse on you. It’s also huge in the Korean beauty world and tons of other skin care and beauty lovers are climbing on board too.

Have you ever finished cleansing, moved on to toner only to see makeup residue on your cotton pad? We’ve all been there and that’s why we should all start double cleansing. Because one cleanse just isn’t enough.

I know it’s not a pretty thing to imagine but every day our skin is absorbing pollution and dirt, building up layers of dead skin cells and oil. The least we could do is make sure we are thoroughly removing all of that at the end of the night. Your skin will thank you a million times over for it.

Put simply, the first step of the double cleanse breaks down and cleanses away most of the makeup, pollution and buildup while the second step deeply cleanses your skin.

To start all you need is an oil-based cleanser, a cleanser for your skin type and a washcloth.

1. Choose your cleansing oil

It may be tempting to choose coconut here but trust me don't. I've even been there myself, its near impossible to remove and because of that it can cause milia and clogged pores. My favorite is the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil by Eminence. I use this one on all skin types in the treatment room. It is super effective and smells like you're at the spa.


2. Choose your cleanser

Chances are you’re already using a cleanser you love and you can continue to use that. But if you’re not in love with your cleanser here are some tips:

For dry, sun damaged and mature skin find a milky cleanser.

A milky cleanser typically will be opaque in color and will not suds up, therefore leaving your natural oils in tact.

A milky cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean but still hydrated. The goal here is to avoid experiencing that ‘tight’ feeling after washing your face.

If this sounds like you I would recommend the Coconut Milk Cleanser. It has tons of ingredients that help to soothe and hydrate while also containing Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid to lessen the appearance of fine lines. 

For oily and combination skin, find a foaming cleanser.

Most of the time a foaming cleanser will be less opaque and just as the name would suggest, foamy!

A lot of my clients prefer this type of cleanser because the foaming can feel more satisfying to wash with than a milky cleanser. Although it may feel more satisfying to use, I only recommend this for my normal- oily skins. The reason is that the lather from the foam will strip natural oils from the face. Something you want if you’re excessively oily and don’t want if you’re dry.


A few foaming cleansers for your perusing pleasure:

Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
Advanced Acne Cleansing Foam 
Eucalyptus Concentrate

Somewhere in between? Here's some universal cleanser options:

Stone Crop Gel Wash
Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser


3. Start Stockpiling Washcloths

You don’t need a fancy battery-operated cleansing brush (in fact, please don’t) all you need are your clean hands and a lot of clean washcloths. Depending on how often you get to washing them, you may want to keep a weeks supply on hand (14 washcloths).

Always remember to use a new washcloth morning and night as they will collect bacteria after they get wet.

Also be conscious of what kind of detergent you’re using for your washcloths. While it's a great idea to switch to natural detergents and fabric softeners to for all of your laundry it's especially important for your washcloths to help prevent breakouts and reactions.

There you have it, I hope you enjoyed learning how to double cleanse! It’s about to become your new best friend. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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