How to master the art of double cleansing


There's 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 still hanging out on your skin? That's where a double cleansing routine can save the day, giving your skin an added dose of pure refreshment.

Ready to show your skin some extra love? 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 of the makeup and initial layers of dirt from your skin. It's 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, such as gel or foam for normal to oily skin or creamier formulas for sensitive types. The ELEMIS Superfood Facial Wash, Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash, BIOTEC Skin Energising Cleanser and Gentle Foaming Facial Wash are all good water-based contenders for this part of your double cleansing routine.

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.