Double cleansing is a popular Korean skincare technique that involves cleansing your skin twice in a row instead of just once. To double cleanse, apply an oil-based cleanser, lather up, and rinse it off. Then, you repeat the whole process with a water-based cleanser.

It might seem like a lot of extra effort, but taking a few additional minutes can make all the difference. Here’s everything you need to know about double cleansing to rejuvenate your skin.

Why Should You Double Cleanse?

If “wear sunscreen” is the golden rule of skincare, then “wash your face” definitely takes second place. When you clean your face of debris, sweat, and dirt at the end of the day, it’s much easier for your skin to absorb active ingredients and benefit from your skincare products.

Basically, double cleansing is a one-two punch to clean your face and tackle deeper impurities.

Who Should Try Double Cleansing?

While we’re all after the same goal of glowing skin, double cleansing isn’t the best option for everyone. Double cleansing isn’t a necessity, and certain skin types can benefit more than others.

If you have acne-prone or oily skin, or if you wear makeup, double cleansing can be an essential step in your nightly routine. Using two gentle formulas instead of one strong formula will combat excess oil and remove bacteria without leaving your skin feeling dry.

Meanwhile, double cleansing every day isn’t necessary if your skin isn’t oily or you only wear makeup occasionally. Instead, try using a gentle cleanser before bed.

How to Follow the Double Cleansing Routine

Before you switch up your skincare routine, make sure you have the right products on hand so you can double cleanse the right way. Here’s how:

  1. Use an oil-based cleanser – Apply a cleansing oil, balm, or micellar water onto dry skin to remove any makeup, toxins, sunscreen, or sebum. 
  2. Rinse it off – Make sure to massage the cleanser into your skin for a minute before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. This helps to ease irritation and avoid drying out the skin.
  3. Use a water-based cleanser – After removing your oil-based cleanser, move on to a water-based formula. Again, don’t forget to massage it into your skin before rinsing.
  4. Rinse again – Rinse off the second cleanser with lukewarm water. This way, you’ll remove any residue from the oil-based cleanser and ensure all impurities are removed. After rinsing, use a soft washcloth to pat your skin dry.

When washing your face twice a row, it’s important to use gentle cleansers that suit your skin type. After double cleansing, follow up with a collagen facial mask and moisturizer to lock in more hydration.

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