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The skincare tip all the experts recommend: Double cleansing

A quick wash over with micellar water simply won't help, try double cleansing instead

By Jacqueline Kilikita  July 5th, 2017

Somewhere in between stocking up on bubble masks (fluffy face, anyone?), getting all technical with at-home LED devices and mixing beauty dust (yep, totally a thing) into our morning smoothies, we seem to have forgotten about the most important step in any skincare routine: cleansing aka washing your face. Nope, we’re not talking a quick once-over with a face wipe while catching up on Love Island. A deep cleanse is never more essential than in the evening, although, it’s more than just a way to remove post-work make-up.

Throughout the day, airborne bacteria and pollution is attracted to your skin, and if they aren’t washed away properly, they could potentially contribute to ageing, pigmentation and breakouts. No thank you. The best way to stop this from happening? Doubling cleansing.

Here’s how it works:

How do you double cleanse?

It’s best to wash your face until there isn't a single trace of make-up visible on the cotton pad. Once you've removed the surface grime, it's time for a fully-fledged water-based cleanse. “Whether you are double cleansing or not, be sure to massage your cleanser in for a minute to thoroughly remove make-up, toxins, pollution and buildup,” says clinical facialist, Kate Kerr. “Taking at least a minute to do a water-based cleanse will ensure you gain all the benefits from your cleanser and its ingredients,” she says. The temperature of the water matters, too. Too hot and you could risk irritating the skin, according to cosmetic surgeon and skin expert Dr. Jonquille Chantrey, especially if you suffer from acne or skin conditions such as rosacea, so it's best to rinse with water that is lukewarm.

What are skin the benefits of double cleansing?

A quick wash and go might seem like the only option at the end of a long day, but according to Kate and Rabbia, if you wear a full face of heavy make-up, double cleansing is the best way to ensure your skin is free from every single scrap.“Double cleansing each evening will also brighten any dullness, ultimately lifting the complexion,” says Rabbia, who is an advocate of incorporating a second, deeper, exfoliating cleanse into any regime to slough away the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface. This evening cleanse will allow serums, moisturisers and clever night-time leave-on products like retinols to penetrate and work their magic much more efficiently.

Double cleansing is especially important if you're a city dweller being exposed to high pollution levels daily, explain Kate and Dr. Anjali. “Your need to double cleanse really does depend on your lifestyle.” There are also so many benefits for those with acne-prone skin — as long as they're using the right cleanser— but more on that later.

Is it possible to over-wash your skin?

While your skin needs to be cleansed twice a day — morning and evening — a double cleanse isn't always necessary — especially when you wake up in the morning. Over-washing can lead to dryness, sensitivity and irritation. The ideal cleanser should be sulphate-free to avoid stripping the skin of it's natural oils, and it's important not to rub the skin too harshly.' “You need to select formulas that re-balance the skin,” says Kate. 'Irritation occurs when things like bars of soap are used and they can upset the barrier function of the skin, disrupting the acid mantle. Because of this repetitive cleansing twice a day, the skin doesn't have the time to repair itself to these adverse reactions.'

The solution? According to Dr. Jonquille, it's so important to use the right cleanser for your skin type, regardless of if you are double cleansing or not, because when the surface barrier is repaired, the sensitivity is resolved.

What is double cleansing?

If you're not sure what we're going on about, double cleansing involves using a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water to break down make-up, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin first, then following it with a deeper water-based cleanse. "This removes sweat, bacteria and old skin cells," says Dr. Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, something Rabbia Aslam, Clinical Director at HC MedSpa, seconds."A second round of cleansing will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities," she says.