Beyond Makeup: Double Cleansing for SPF, Pollutants, and Daily Grime

by BiE - Beauty in Everything
Beyond Makeup: Double Cleansing for SPF, Pollutants, and Daily Grime



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Rewinding the clock back to the era of stone and parchment, washing your face with harsh soaps and water seemed like the ideal method for cleansing your face to get rid of all the impurities, accumulated dirt and pollutants. However, all the prejudices were dispelled when the revered K-beauty ritual of double cleansing made its grand entry to the dynamic world of skincare.

Cleansing is classified as the cornerstone of healthy skin. With K-beauty making the waves in the skincare world, double cleansing is the mainstay of the K-beauty rituals that rose to fame in the last five years. Double cleansing simply means washing your face twice but with two different cleaners to get rid of all the stubborn makeup, accumulated pollutants, naked to the eye impurities, SPF, dirt and grime.

If “wearing SPF” is tagged as gold in skincare, cleansing your face thoroughly definitely takes home silver. Dive into the depths of double cleansing and get to know all the ‘hows’, 'what’, & ‘whys’ to understand whether it really makes a difference in the health and appearance of your face.

What does double cleansing mean, please explain?

Double cleansing isn’t as simple as washing your face to achieve that clean, squeaky feeling. For a complete and healthy cleanse, you need to switch up your cleansers to thoroughly wash your face without stripping off the natural facial oils.

First comes the, “Melt cleanse”. As counterintuitive as it might sound, oil truly kills oil which helps us melt away all the stubborn makeup, serums, moisturisers, and other impurities. Makeup and sebum are lipophilic (meaning these components dissolve in oil), for removing such stubborn impurities, using a cleansing balm, cleansing oil or cream is recommended for a thorough cleanse without irritating the skin. These balms actually melt off all the dirt and prep the skin for the second cleanse, the gentle one.

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Second comes the gentle cleansing, where you use a water based or gel-based cleanser to slough away all the miniscule impurities, makeup residues, sweat, dirt and grime. Here the keyword is “GENTLE”. It is important to follow up the second cleanse with a gentle foaming face wash or cleanser to eschew the cleaning agents from stripping off all the natural oils and leaving the skin feeling dry and dull.

In skincare, it is important to remember, there isn't a “one size fits all” mantra that can be deployed to all skin types. Trial and error are the stepping stones to achieve your cleansing dream team for healthy, glowing and clean skin. However, we are here to be supporting characters in your journey of finding the right cleansing products:

For your first cleanse, discover a new level of purity and clarity with an oil based cleanser  specially crafted to unclog pores by extracting blackheads, reducing whiteheads, and eliminating dirt, grime, and toxins.

Follow it up with a gentle cleansing water based face wash to reveal a soothed, relaxed and rejuvenated complexion.

What are the benefits of double cleansing?

Double cleansing promotes a healthier, cleaner and brighter complexion without stripping away the natural oils. It also inhibits the growth of any acne-inducing bacteria and unclog pores for a clearer surface. Along with offering a deeper cleanse, it also enhances the ability to absorb other skincare products well for optimal results. Strengthening the skin’s natural barrier is one of its skin-loving attributes that maintains a healthy and improved skin texture.

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Who should double cleanse?

Double cleansing is a skincare technique that transcends mere makeup removal. Its multifaceted benefits cater to various skin types and lifestyles, making it an advantageous routine for many:

  • Makeup Wearers: For those who apply makeup regularly, double cleansing is a game-changer. The initial oil-based cleanser effectively dissolves makeup, ensuring no residue remains. This allows the water-based cleanser to deeply purify the skin without obstruction, preventing potential breakouts or skin issues caused by leftover makeup particles.

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  • Sunscreen Devotees: Whether you use sunscreen daily or engage in outdoor activities, double cleansing is your ally. It guarantees the complete removal of stubborn sunscreen formulas, protecting your skin from potential clogged pores and breakouts due to residual SPF.
  • Urban Dwellers & Polluted Environments: Living in cities exposes us to various environmental pollutants. Double cleansing becomes crucial for those navigating urban landscapes, as it effectively rids the skin of pollutants and impurities that accumulate throughout the day. This preventative measure helps combat premature ageing and maintains a healthier complexion.
  • Sweat and Oil Build-Up: For individuals prone to sweating or producing excess oil, double cleansing offers an effective solution. It thoroughly cleanses away sweat and sebum, reducing the likelihood of pores becoming clogged and blemishes forming.
  • Daily Exposure to Impurities: Even if makeup isn't a part of your routine, your skin encounters numerous impurities daily. Double cleansing becomes a proactive approach to ensure your skin remains clean and clear, preventing potential issues stemming from environmental pollutants, sweat, and natural oils.
  • Finding the Balance for Your Skin

    It's important to note that while double cleansing offers myriad benefits, it may not be necessary for everyone to do it daily:

  • Dry or Sensitive Skin: For individuals with sensitive or dry skin, daily double cleansing might be too harsh. They can opt for occasional double cleansing, especially on days when makeup or heavy skincare products are used.
  • Minimal Makeup Wearers: Even if makeup isn't a daily routine, adjusting the double cleansing frequency to match exposure to environmental factors like pollution or sweat can help maintain clean and healthy skin.
  • Let’s give the skin some tender, love & care.

    Post double cleansing, regardless of the skin-type, every skin needs to be lathered with a good, rich moisturiser to resurface the skin with a boost of hydration and nourishment. Quench your skin with emollients and creams loaded with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and other essentials to deeply hydrate your skin.

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    Double cleansing isn't just a skincare routine, it is a holistic approach to clean and healthier skin. This method helps us melt away the stubborn SPF, makeup, accumulated dirt and grime which otherwise would be missed. It subsequently enhances the effectiveness of other skincare products along with promoting healthier, brighter complexion. All in all, give double cleansing a try, see how your skin reacts and accordingly place it into your skincare routine to witness a noticeable difference in your skin and reveal healthy, brighter and happier skin! Till then, happy cleansing!

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