Should You Double Cleanse Your Face?

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 07/13/2015 | 04:27 PM EDT

The trend of having clear, fabulous skin will never go out of style. It’s the foundation to looking your best, offering benefits that no amount of makeup ever could. So, whenever there is a new skincare “trend” to hit the beauty market, it’s imperative that we, as editors, dissect the details to see if it’s good for our ladies.


The latest craze to come across our beauty-obsessed minds is double cleansing. Yep, you read correctly. Now, it’s not good enough to only clean your face once. There’s a new added step, and we think this is going to do a positive number for women searching for a cure to their skin problems.


While it’s a new trend in the U.S, double cleansing has been a hit for centuries in places like Japan. The two-step method of thoroughly washing your face comes from a basic philosophy. That philosophy is as follows: use the first cleansing step to get rid of surface makeup, junk, and other particles from your environment that have latched onto your skin, and then use the second step to obtain a thorough, deep cleanse.


You’d think this would be the basics for cleaning our skin, but to be honest it isn’t. For the longest, many of us probably have thought that using a foaming wash to clean our skin, including makeup and other impurities, was enough. Now we know that isn’t true.


So, when asking the question if we should be double cleansing, we’re pretty sure that the answer is yes.


But what should you use to accomplish the effective double cleansing technique? Let us share.


First of all, the first cleanse should involve a cleanser that dissolves makeup. Some women may use natural oils, like jojoba or olive oil to get rid of the top layer of makeup and sweat. If so, all you need to do is soak a cotton ball in the oil and remove your makeup with it. Some women even wash their faces with the oil, doing a really good rub and rinse to get rid of all makeup.


Secondly, you want to use a deep cleansing wash to rid your face of any impurities that may have sunk into your pores, helping you reveal a glowing, thoroughly cleansed complexion.


A few things to note: you want to always remember to make sure your second cleanser works best for your particular skin type and that you follow up these two washes with a good toner.


(Photo: Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Corbis)

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