Double cleansing involves using two different cleansers to clean your face — one made with oil, then another made with water. This practice was established in Asia and dates back to ancient Geishas who used it to remove their makeup. While the practice is ancient, modern science shows that “like dissolves like” and an oil cleanser will remove excess oil and oil-based product residue, while a water-based cleanser will get rid of other water-soluble dirt that remains on your skin.
Double cleansing provides so many benefits to clear your skin, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. All you need is an oil-based cleanser to use as the first step, and then a different, water-based facial cleanser to get rid of any of oily residue and water-soluble debris.
If you have oily skin, you don’t have to worry that an oil cleanser will make you break out. An oil-based cleanser dissolves excess sebum on your face without harsh cleansers. It then rinses away leaving your skin prepared for the water-based cleanser to penetrate the pores more deeply.
If you have sensitive or dry skin, you may be concerned because many cleansers use harsh chemicals that also irritate and dehydrate your skin. Double cleansing uses an oil cleanser to help maintain the integrity of your acid mantle, the natural phospholipid barrier that helps protect the skin. When paired with a gentle, pH balanced water-based cleanser this is a gentle, yet thorough, approach to cleansing that protects your skin from irritation.
Overall, double cleansing works to clean your skin as thoroughly as possible by using the two kinds of cleansers to get rid of the different kinds of dirt on your face. Your face is getting cleaner than if you used only one cleanser, and you’re cleaning it in the gentlest way possible.