We all know that cleansing is an essential step in any daily skin care routine, but did you know that your cleansing routine might not be working as hard as it possibly could for your skin? When we consider that the one simple step of cleansing has to remove all of our makeup, skin care, sunscreen, excess oil and daily grime, it actually seems like we sure are asking a lot from our natural facial cleanser. The solution is 'double cleansing' – it might sound like overkill, but this special facial cleansing method can actually help to thoroughly refresh our skin for a perfectly clean canvas for skin care and makeup.
What is double cleansing?
Rather than using a single cleanser to remove all of your makeup, skin care, sunscreen and any build-up, the double cleanse method works to thoroughly clarify and refresh skin in two steps. Adding a second cleanse to your routine can help to give your pores the most thorough clean possible to remove dead skin cells and impurities that one cleanse alone might miss! This system consists of two different types of facial cleansers – the first works to remove surface build-up, while the second can really help to loosen any remaining grime and excess oil from within the pores. The double cleansing method can really benefit oily skin types, as well as anyone who wears particularly heavy makeup each day.
How to double cleanse
For the first step in double cleansing, I recommend using a cleansing balm or oil. Cleansers of this rich consistency can be applied to dry skin after being massaged into the fingers (this step is particularly important with a balm, as you need to melt the balm down from a solid into an oil.) Massage the cleanser into the skin until it feels completely melted, then use a damp and warm face washer or muslin cloth to wipe away the residue. This step works to dislodge and melt away almost all traces of heavy makeup and excess oil with the nourishing texture of natural oils, without stripping skin.
Step two in the double cleansing method involves using a lighter cleanser. Depending on your skin type, for this step you might prefer to use a cream cleanser, foaming cleanser, micellar water or gel. As it's done on clean, refreshed skin, this second cleanse works to really clarify pores, brighten the complexion and rejuvenate skin. It can actually also help to prep skin to absorb serums, oils and moisturisers better.
Best natural double cleansing products
100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
Perfect for the first step in double cleansing, the 100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm is a solid cleansing balm which melts upon contact with the warmth of skin. This rich and creamy formula is filled with Avocado, Coconut and Olive Oils, all powerful enough to cut right through makeup and build-up for a sweeping cleanse.
Salt & Glow Eden Cleansing Oil
If you favour liquid cleansing oils over balms, the Salt & Glow Eden Cleansing Oil is a beautiful option. This particular formula combines nourishing Sunflower, Grape Seed and Hemp Oils in a nutrient-rich cleansing oil which transforms into silky smooth emulsion when mixed with water. Suitable for all skin types, this non-comedogenic cleanser works to gently remove makeup and impurities from the skin's surface.
Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Ideal for anyone with sensitive skin, the Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil works to remove even the heaviest makeup (including eye makeup!) without upsetting the skin's natural balance. This rich cleansing oil contains certified organic Rosehip Extract along with Olive, Sunflower and Castor Oils to rid skin of daily grime while also absorbing and removing excess oil. It actually transforms into a light, milky texture when water is added for easy removal!
Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face Organic Purifying Oil Cleanser
The Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face Organic Purifying Oil Cleanser is another Nourished Life favourite, harnessing 14 pure oils to deeply cleanse the skin of excess sebum, dirt and makeup. Hydrating Jojoba, Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oils work to dissolve build-up sitting on the skin, leaving the complexion feeling calm and clarified.
Life Basics Organic Muslin Facial Cloths
A gentle face cloth is a must-have in a double cleansing routine (to help remove your cleanser in step one), and my absolute favourites are the Life Basics Organic Muslin Facial Cloths. These unbleached organic cotton cloths are super soft and breathable, making them ultra-gentle on all skin types once soaked in warm water. They're lightweight and effortlessly remove your cleanser of choice, leaving skin feeling supple and smooth. In a handy pack of three, it's so easy to have one cloth in use at all times as they're fast-drying and can be hand or machine washed – designed to be reused over and over again.
For more help with choosing a cleanser for step two, check out my Quick Guide to Facial Cleansers by Skin Type.