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  • Lisa Maitland

Clean Skin = Double Cleansing

Why do you need to double cleanse?

When most people think of a skincare routine, they think of a cleanser, moisturizer and I hope sunscreen. There is actually more to your skincare routine than just these three steps. One of these is called double cleansing. Double cleansing is when you prepare your skin for the steps after by removing your makeup, sunscreen and other built-up pollution throughout the day. The reason you need to be using a separate cleanser to take off all of the buildup that you have accumulated throughout the day is because your water-based cleanser is normally not strong enough for this type of cleansing.

There are three types of double cleansing methods: using micellar water, cleansing oils, and cleansing balms.

Micellar Water:

Micellar water is made from purified water, moisturizers and mild surfactants. The molecules from the mild surfactants join together to form micelles that help clear out your pores while toning the skin. Micellar waters are also free of alcohol, which can be very drying and stripping to the skin. Micellar water not only promotes skin hydration but also promotes the removal of dirt and oil, a method that keeps the skin clear and is suitable for all skin types.

Here are some of my favorites:

Bioderma Sensibio H2o Micellar Water Makeup Remover

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water

La Roche Posay Ultra Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin

Cleansing Oils:

Like micellar water, cleansing oils contain surfactants that help remove dirt and oil on the skin. However, the superstar of cleaning oils are not the surfactants; it’s the oils! The oils in them are what make them different from other double cleansing methods such as balms and micellar water. Oils are naturally attracted to other oils that include the sebum on our skin that produces oil-like ingredients in makeup. This is what allows the oils to dissolve the makeup while softening the skin.

Here are some of my favorites:

Cocokind Oil To Milk Cleanser

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena Ultra Light Face Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

Cleansing Balms:

The natural ingredients in cleansing balms are what allow them to be used around the eyes to remove eye makeup, so theyare desirable. Like cleansing oils, cleansing balms use oils to dissolve the oils in your skin to cleanse it. After the dirt on your skin is removed, you are left with hydrated and cleansed skin.

Here are some of my favorites:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Melting Balm

The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm

Banilla Co Clean It Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm

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