There is nothing like washing your makeup away after a long day, feeling relaxed and clean in your au naturale comfort. But what about all the traces of product, bacteria and debris that are deep within your skin? That's where a double cleansing routine can save the day, giving your skin an added dose of pure refreshment and glow.

 

What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is when you use two cleansers to deeply clean the skin and remove as many impurities as possible allowing your skin to breathe properly. Since oil attracts oil, the first cleanser you would use should be oil-based such as a cleansing balm or cleansing oil. The second would be a lighter cleanser that lifts away any remaining impurities while providing a benefit to a skin concern you may have.

 

Is double cleansing necessary?

While double cleansing is not necessary, it does provide your skin with the best (clean) canvas. By removing any residual impurities or grime, your skin can breathe better and absorb any post-cleanse products more efficiently.

 

How do I double cleanse?

Ready to try it? Follow these steps to double cleanse your face:

1. Start with surface-level grime

The goal of this first round of cleansing is to remove all makeup and initial layers of dirt from your skin. Again, it is best to use an oil-based formula for this step, such as the ELEMIS Omega Rich Cleansing Oil or the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Apply the cleanser to dry skin in circular motions, with either your hands or a cotton pad. Rinse with water after a minute or two.

2. Move on to the deep clean

This deep cleansing step requires a water-based cleanser. You'll want to choose one that's best suited for your complexion. For normal to oily skin, opt for a gel or foam cleanser such as the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser(for anti-aging benefits) or the  Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash (for glowing skin). For sensitive skin types, try a creamier formula.

Take your time to ensure your skin gets a thorough clean, massaging the cleanser into your skin for at least a minute. Dermatologists even recommend holding out for two minutes if you can, as it takes time for the cleanser to work all of its promised magic. When you're ready to rinse, avoid hot water that can irritate the skin. Instead, set your taps to lukewarm.

The result of this process is a cleansing routine that gets deeper into the pores, removing impurities and fully restoring the skin after contact with makeup and contaminants.

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