What is double cleansing and why you need it!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well. Today I am going to talk to you about double cleansing, and the magical world of oil cleansers.

What is double cleansing?

We all know that we need to wash our faces. But how we wash our faces – now that is the question. The concept of double cleansing is essentially to use an appropriate and effective cleanser to remove your makeup and all of the grime that your face has collected throughout the day – an oil or a balm. Then, you follow up with another water-soluable-soluble cleanser to get down into your skin and clean it properly.

It is something that I have been doing for a very long time and cannot be without!

It is imperative to give your skin a proper and thorough cleanse daily, regardless of whether you are wearing makeup or not. Throughout the day, your skin is exposed to impurities and free radicals in the air. Pollution, bacteria and dirt are just some of the nasty things your skin has to deal with – and then you have all of your own natural oils and sweat that accumulate in the day.

If you do not give your skin a thorough cleanse when you get home, these free radicals can actually damage your skin, and all of this excess dirt build up on the outer layer of our skin. This can causing irritations, dullness and break outs. Some dermatologists claim that not washing your face properly can lead to premature ageing too – and who wants that?Β This is why I am such a massive advocate for the amazing double cleanse, I strictly use a cleansing oil, and then follow up with a gentle traditional cleanser.

How do cleansing oils work?

Cleansing oils are an incredible efficient and effective way to remove the makeup, oils and grime from your face. The main difference between an oil cleanser and a water-soluble (foam/ cream/ gel texture) cleanser is in the way that they work. Let me explain:

Cleansing oils are attracted towards other oils on the skin, meaning that they effectively cleanse not only the oil produced by our skin, but also the oily ingredients in makeup. Oil cleansers also contain the surfactants that are found in traditional cleansers.

Surfactants are ingredients that work with oil, makeup and dirt that give us a general good cleanse. Finally, oil cleansers are a lot more moisturising than your traditional cleansers, so you are left with nourished and clean skin. Think of oil cleansers as your super-cleanser!

So – who are oil cleansers for?

Of course, people with dry skin should really be using cleansing oils because they offer much more hydration than the ordinary cleanser, leaving you with supple skin!

Most water-soluble cleansers can leave the skin feeling tight and dry, which is obviously not ideal if you are already struggling with dry skin. People with sensitive skin should also try oil cleansing, as it is a lot more gentle. Believe it or not, a cleansing oil is not a cardinal sin for people with oily skin! Although it may seem like a paradox, you need to try it!

The thing is, although water-soluble cleansers are great, they fall short when it comes to effectively removing your makeup and excess oil. These things can clog our pores and create pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. ‘Squeaky-clean’ cleansers that feel like they are really removing everything from our skin, strip our faces and leave us with a super dry canvas – encouraging our skin to produce even more oil; and they still do not remove everything. So, the happy medium would be an oil cleanser!

Many people have claimed that using an oil cleanser has ‘cured their oily skin’, and although I cannot vouch for this as a dry skinned woman, I can understand! After all; oily skin is just thirsty skin, so feed it!

There is one exception. “Cleansing oils consisting of a single oil or a blend oils that are not combined with surfactants or emulsifiers are not recommended for combination to oily skin because they will make oiliness worse.” – Paula’s choice.

How do you use oil cleansers?

It is really simple: take a pump or two of the cleanser, according to the directions or how much makeup you are wearing, and load it all up on to dry skin – with dry, clean hands. Hold your fingers delicately over your eyes for ten seconds and then carefully rub at them to remove your eye makeup. Massage the oil into your face for as long as you need to, and then wet your hands. Go back in and massage the face again, and the water will transform the cleansing oil into a white and milky texture.

Repeat the same steps, and then rinse!

And then…

Whatever oil cleanser you decide to go in with, remember to follow up with a nice and gentle ordinary cleanser to really cleanse the skin! At the moment I am enjoying the Holika Holika rice cleanser. It is just a simple cleanser that doesn’t leave me feeling too dry. You can use anything you like πŸ™‚

A guide on what oil cleansers to purchase is to buy high-quality oils that do not contain scents or dyes. Basically, look for cold-pressed, unrefined oils that are meant for the skin, rather that food-grade oils.
Here are some of my favourite oil cleansers for different skin types!

Oily skin

Let’s start with oily skin.

The Caudalie Makeup removing cleansing oil is an amazing oil cleanser for anybody with oily skin. This cleanser is formulated with sweet almond and grape seed oils that create a non-comedogenic concoction. The reason why I recommend this cleansing oil to people with oily skin is because it does not leave an oily film on your skin after you have washed it off. The texture transforms from an oil to a milk when in contact with water, and leaves you with fresh skin.

The cleanser remains hydrating on the skin and even has castor oil in the formulation, offering some TLC for those brows and lashes!

I would highly recommend this cleanser for people with sensitive skin too, as all of Caudalie products have no fragrance, parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or animal-derived ingredients.

Dry skin

Ah, my area of expertise.

I have dry skin and absolutely adore the DHC deep cleansing oil. It has become a staple in my routine and I really do recommend it for everybody; but it works wonders on dry skin.

This deep cleansing oil digs deep into congested pores to cleanse the excess oil and dirt. It is formulated with vitamins and antioxidant-rich ingredients like olive oil that nourish skin and prevent it from drying out. This is an incredibly hydrating oil that really is no-nonsense. The ingredient list is minimal, it just does it’s job! It spreads like a dream on the skin and is so silky, it is a pleasure to use and you can really get a great massage out of it. I highly recommend this! You can read more about it here on my post about the best cleansing oils.

Sensitive skin

Been there, and absolutely done that.

Clinique’s take the day off is a great gentle cleanser that removes stubborn makeup and leaves you with clean and supple skin, without stripping you of your moisture. The ingredients in this are also very minimal, which comforts me personally as I love knowing exactly what I am putting on my face. Speaking of knowing what is in your products, there is no fragrance in here! Good riddance, the one thing sensitive skin does not need to deal with is fragrance, am I right people?

Clinique really does kill the skincare game, if you have not tried the Take the day off range, please do! It’s great. But, for now, try this cleansing oil!

I hope this post has been helped you all to see the light that is double cleansing! It has changed my life and it will change yours too. The texture and overall condition of my skin has improved so much, as I used to have a lot of problems with congestion and hyperpigmentation. Thoroughly cleansing my skin has allowed my skin to actually breathe and be free of all of the dirt and grime. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Have you tried double cleansing before? If so, what are your favourite cleansers?

Speak to you soon,



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