All about Double Cleansing

Hello everyone, you all know how important it is to wash your face, especially at night.

Cleansing you face at night helps you to get rid of all the dirt and bacteria that get trapped in your skin throughout the day. You can get rid of all of it by cleaning your face properly.

And when we are talking about cleansing, double cleansing is not an easily lost term, you all have heard about it.

So, today let us talk about what is double cleansing, why it is so beneficial and what are the benefits of it.

I would love to make this in a question-answer format so that it would be easily readable.

What is Double Cleansing?

  • Double cleansing is a two-step process of washing your face.
  • It was made popular by Korean skin care routines that start with an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser.
  • It helps cleanse down to the pores without being harsh on the skin.

How to Double Cleanse?

According to chemistry, oil attracts oil, so cleansing balm/cleansing oil will be a perfect choice, it will draw out oil-based impurities, such as makeup, excess sebum, dirt, impurities and grit and grime from your skin.

Slowly, massage the oil cleanser into the skin for at least 60 seconds to help dissolve all the impurities.
Remove it either with a soft damp washcloth or by emulsifying it with water.

Next, use a water-based cleanser to remove residue and water-based impurities, such as sweat and remaining dirt.
For cleanser, always lookout for sulfate-free cleanser so that it won't dry out your skin.

My favourite Double Cleansing products?

I have just used two cleansing balms till now but I will be trying cleansing oils in future.

2. Plum Goodness Cleansing Balm

Plum Cleansing Balm

They both work great in removing each and every trace of makeup or dirt from your face.

Benefits of Double Cleansing?

  • The skincare products will absorb better
Cleansing your face twice will make sure that there is not even a single trace of dirt left on your face, which in turn provides a clean canvas to your skincare products to work on your skin.

Also, since the dirt layer is gone, the water-based cleanser will allow penetrating the products to the pores giving you squeaky clean skin.

This allows the rest of the products in your skincare routine to penetrate better and deeper for faster results! 

double cleansing products
The texture of Plum Cleansing Balm

  • Your skin's texture will improve
Cleansing your face twice will allow specific ingredients in your skincare to work better and target the specific skin concern, which will result in overall skin improvement's.

  • Taking off your makeup isn't enough
Double cleansing is extremely important for people who wear a full face of makeup every day and we all know how important it becomes to clean each and every trace of makeup before going to sleep.

Here, double cleansing makes your work so easy as you do not need to pressurise on any of the steps, use a cleansing balm for 60 seconds, gently massage it and then use a water-based cleanser to remove everything.

Voila, you are done.

double cleansing products india
The texture of The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm

Things to keep in mind

  • Never double cleanse twice a day(my personal opinion)
You will only excessively strip your skin's natural oil and doing it once a day seems fine to me.

  • Gently massage the cleansing oil/balm for good 60 seconds
Use the cleansing oil/balm to gently massage it on you face for 60 seconds as it will melt away each and every bit of impurities present in there.

Plum Cleansing Balm
Plum e-luminence Simple Supply Cleansing Balm

  • Always do it at night
According to me, double cleansing at night not only make your skincare products absorb better but also doing it at night gives more time window for the products to work better.

  • Avoid cleansers which have sulfate's in them
You are maintaining your skin's barrier by using an oil-based cleanser, why would you be stripping it off by using surfactants in a cleanser.

Read this post to know why you should not use sulfate cleansers.

Do we need to double cleanse on days when we don't wear makeup?

Absolutely. Even if you don't wear makeup, you need an oil cleanser to melt away sebum, SPF, and pollutants. 

Water-based cleaners cannot properly remove these impurities, so make sure to use an oil cleanser to start off your routine!

all about double cleansing

all about double cleansing

Can we double cleanse twice a day?

I feel double cleansing once a day is more than enough to get to rid of excessive oil and impurities from the skin.

Does and oil cleanser cause breakouts?

No. If done properly, an oil cleanser doesn't add more oil to your face. To the contrary, it washes away the excess oil from your face, keeping your skin clean and helping balance your skin's moisture level. This means your skin is less likely to break out!

I have oily skin. Why do I need to use an oil cleanser?

Oil cleansers gently remove excess sebum and help balance your skin, preventing excess sebum production. You'll notice that using an oil cleanser makes your face less shiny over time.

Do you need to Double Cleanse sunscreen?

Yes, yes, yes. I saw this misconception going around a lot but the sunscreen and layering up of skincare products do not get cleaned just by a regular cleanser.

Without an oil cleanser, the mixture of oil and grease and sunscreen would stay on your skin.

Double Cleansing products in India?




Purchase it from The Body Shop

How I use Double Cleansers?

  • I take a little bit of cleansing balm of my fingers and then massage it all over my face starting from cheeks and then lips and then lastly eyes.
  • I massage for good 60 seconds and then wash it off with water.
  • Then, I proceed with my sulfate-free face wash and I am good to go.

Can I use olive oil or coconut oil to double cleanse?

No, because these oils are not made to cleanse your skin, even if you use them, they can clog your pores.

The cleansing balms or cleansing oils are specifically formulated for cleansing and comes under the category of emulsifiers.

Emulsifiers help two liquids mix together, like oil and water and they are present in cleaning oils as well as balms, you can always find it by washing your face with oil after massaging it with cleansing oil/balm and it will turn into this white liquidy milk.

Normally, oil repels water but here it mixes into one and helps in cleansing.


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