You know how your bottle of cleanser says “lather, rinse, and repeat”? And yet none of us really get to the repeating part? Don’t rebel the instructions, let’s start a repeating revolution instead! “But my routine’s been working fine, Elizabeth,” I hear you say. Well fine, if you wanna be like that. But for the best results, with the longest lasting effects, a double cleanse should be an essential step in your routine.
In our time-poor world, it’s hard enough to make sure you’re cleansing your face once a day (let alone twice each time). But think about how much time you spend putting on your makeup and how many layers you put on: primer, sunscreen, foundation, concealer, setting powder and bronzer. You think one measly wash is going to get that off? Nuh-uh. Think about it, after you’ve washed your face once, you put your toner on a swab, only to find there’s still dirt visible on the cotton swab. Then you’re gonna sleep on that? GROSS.
The double (and sometimes triple) cleanse crazy has been made popular by Korean beauty bloggers and their elaborate, multi-step beauty regimes. Truth is, many Asian cultures have recommended double cleansing with both an oil and a foaming wash for centuries. So, how do you do it?
REMOVE EYE MAKEUP FIRST If you’re wearing makeup, it’s best to make sure you remove this first. A good eye and lip makeup remover will do the trick. Make sure you do this step delicately and trust that the formula itself will dissolve your makeup. The skin around the eyes can be very easily damaged and excess pulling can lead to wrinkles, and ain’t nobody got time for that.
CLEANSE (FIRST ROUND) Your best bet here is to go with a gentle oil cleanser or balm, as these nifty products will get rid of your makeup traces so the REAL cleansing process can begin. Remember to concentrate on all the areas you applied makeup to, including as far down as you blended your foundation and right up to your hairline. Massage the product in small circles to really get all that makeup dissolved, and give yourself a nice massage at the same time because you’re pretty darn fantastic and you goddamn well deserve it.
This step will require using a damp, warm washcloth to properly remove all traces of the product for the next bit. Again, you want to use gentle circular motions, paying attention to the T-zone to ensure stubborn product is targeted. Oils and balms are super moisturising for soft, bouncy skin, but if you’d rather not use oil for this part of the cleanse, then go with a micellar water.
DOUBLE CLEANSE (SECOND ROUND) If you’d just stopped at the earlier step, your makeup might be gone but your skin won’t have actually had a cleanse yet. Just think of the vulgar implications involved with stopping at a makeup wipe or micellar water. You NEVER really clean your face. Ew, dude. However, if you’ve bumped the stubborn makeup gunk off your visage, you can actually get to the real cleaning. This is the time to pick a product to address your individual skin concerns. There are all different sorts on the market, from ones that address dry skin, to oily skin, to pigmentation or even issues with chronic breakouts.
One of the best things I ever did was book a consultation with a skin care professional to actually tell me what my skin needed, so that’s something I would definitely recommend. There are no hard and fast rules though with this cleansing step, other than pick the cleanser you want and make sure that it’s scrubbed all over that gorgeous face and neck of yours. After this, you can start the serums and moisturisers and whatever else you want to give a whirl.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT Your skin got a proper clean; you know it’s breathing through the night. You can go to sleep knowing that you’ve cleared all the pore-clogging, pimple-causing, nasty-bringing yuck off your super-cute face and filled it full of good, helpful skincare properties!
Elizabeth Best is a journalist, beauty expert, foodie and travel lover with a mild obsession for all things shimmery. She also hosts the smash-hit sex and relationships comedy podcast Ghosts of Boyfriends Past In her spare time, she likes long walks down the makeup aisle and performing in Brisbane theatre. You can follow her adventures on Instagram@thebeautypalate.