Everything You Need To Know About Double Cleansing Your Skin

Twice the fun.

While you may be loath to add yet another step to an already lengthy skincare routine, double cleansing isn’t a mere passing trend. Originating in Japan and Korea, double cleansing has been around for centuries. Born out of necessity, it was the only method that would ensure Japanese and Korean women were able to remove the thick paint-like makeup favoured by women of the time. Here’s everything you need to know.


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What is double cleansing?

Essentially what it sounds like, double cleansing is a two step facial cleansing process. It entails using an oil-based cleanser followed by a conventional cleanser. 

Benefits of double cleansing

This method of cleansing your skin is laden with benefits. Here’s why you should try double cleansing:

  • Removes sebum buildup, reducing the likelihood of acne breakouts
  • Allows your other skincare products (i.e. serums) to penetrate your skin better
  • Effectively cleanses your face without stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture
  • One of the best ways to remove makeup, as the oils dissolves it so you don’t have to resort to harshly scrubbing your face

How to double cleanse

Step 1

The first step entails using a cleansing oil to wash your face (though a cleansing balm or milk can also work). Cleansing oils work to effectively dissolve and remove makeup, sunscreen, oil buildup, debris, and dead skin cells. 

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Step 2

After using an oil cleanser, use a traditional foam or gel cleanser. This works to remove any traces of your first cleanser, ensuring a thorough clean. 

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Words by Theo Rosen
Feature image courtesy of Linsday Adler for Elle Bulgaria