Monday, March 15, 2010

Double Cleansing Your Skin

Double-cleaning is a concept which seems to be found mostly in Asian brands or asian skincare routines.

What is double cleansing? Well, its exactly what it says. You cleanse your skin twice. The first time, with cleansing oil and the second, with a gel or foaming cleanser.

It was explained as thus:

  • Step 1: Cleanse with cleansing oil to remove the oil, residual makeupĂ‚ and impurities from your skin. Rinse.
  • Step 2: Cleanse your skin with a cleansing gel or foam cleanser.
  • This double-cleansing is only to be done in the evening/night

The reason given was because cleansing oils help remove the residual makeup and oils that accumulate on your skin and in your pores throughout the day. Many women feels scared and worried when hearing adding "oil" onto face during cleansing, However, its not a thing to worry now that I use it, because oil dissolves oil!

It removes makeup a treat, especially waterproof mascara and long lasting eyeliners. (I was using Sasa's) After using a cleansing oil, my skin usually feels cleaner.

After using cleansing oils, the next step using cleansing gel/foam is to ensure that your skin is really clean and free from impurities so that your moisturers and toners can absorb better.

Normally it is advised to use foam cleanser as it can deeply clean, gel cleanser somehow does not suit all skin, and may leave a bit ''oily'' on your face when it is not suitable. For my case, I love using foam cleanser!

This double step process is supposed to help make your skin clearer. But I do not recommend doing double cleansing every single day, as this will make your skin drier. Usually I do double cleansing for 3 days a week, especially with makeup for the whole day. The rest, I only cleanse with foam cleanser itself. . If you are prone to oily skin though, then you may want to double-cleanse daily for it does help remove the oilies at the end of the day. But if you have dry or combination skin, you risk making your skin drier.

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