Is Double Cleansing Really Necessary?

From bushy eyebrows to Paleo diets, we all know beauty and health fads come and go. We get sold on the “it” thing one year, and then it’s out the next. It can really make your head spin at times. The skincare industry is no different. Plenty of trends and techniques have come along over the years, and that’s unlikely to stop any time soon. 

K-beauty has been having its moment in the spotlight lately. And for good reason. Rooted in tradition with a sensible approach to skin health, it has taken the industry by storm in recent years. Instead of eventually falling out of fashion like other skincare trends, Korean beauty regimens are actually growing in popularity. 

The reason is that it works, and it’s totally unlike the chemical-based Western skincare routines we are used to, which leave skin squeaky clean but also damaged and dehydrated. We all know skin is a delicate organ, yet many of us have spent a lifetime using harsh cleansers and aggressive scrubs filled with chemicals in hopes of achieving a flawless complexion. In hindsight, that strategy was completely illogical. That’s exactly why Korean beauty, with its gentle approach and emphasis on layers of hydration, is gaining a foothold. 

A key part of Korean skincare is double cleansing. This technique involves washing the skin in two distinct steps for the ultimate clean without irritation. But it is not as simple as washing your skin with the same cleanser twice. First, an oil-based cleanser dissolves stubborn makeup, sebum and impurities without stripping skin dry. Next, a gentle hydrating cleanser rinses away water-based makeup and sweat. 

Does this two-step cleansing method really make any difference? Critics say it’s an unnecessary step, but many thousands of women absolutely swear by it. If you are wondering which camp is right, the answer is simple: Double cleansing is not a wasted effort. 

Starting your routine with cleansing oil is the right way to remove stubborn makeup, oil-based lotions and pore-clogging sebum, an oily substance naturally secreted by skin to keep it moist. Since most cleansers are water based, they can’t effectively remove oil products from skin, leaving your face only half clean. Because like removes like, fighting oil with oil makes good sense. Plus, skin loves oils since they replenish tissue.

Fruit oils are rich in antioxidants that are essential for a healthy, radiant complexion. Oil cleansing offers an effective clean without causing dryness, so it is perfect for most skin types. Try Botanical Republic Nourish Hydrating Cleansing Oil — You’ll love the satisfaction of seeing all your makeup dissolve in an instant. (Hint: It doubles as shaving oil, too.) 

Now that your skin is free of makeup and oil-based impurities, you will cleanse a second time to give pores a truly thorough cleaning. A hydrating cleanser will wash away some of the excess oil that is left behind so you’re not left looking like an oil slick. It also removes water-based impurities like sweat. Hydrating cleansers not only leave pores perfectly clean, but also infuse skin with essential water that your skin needs to stay healthy and supple. Keeping skin plump and hydrated is one of the best ways to fight telltale signs of aging. Ready to replenish your skin as you cleanse, instead of stripping it dry? Give our new Revive Gentle Emollient Cleanser a try.

Dual cleansing is certainly beneficial for skin, with the caveat that you choose the right products. K-beauty is all about hydration and nourishment, so cleansing oils and mild cleansers that boosts natural moisture are your best bet. 

The more minimalistic the ingredient list, the better. Steer clear of cleansers that contain irritating chemicals, surfactants, alcohol and menthols, fragrance and preservatives as these only exacerbate skin problems. They can seriously disrupt the balance of your skin and lead to dryness, redness and sensitivity, which is exactly what you don’t want. 

Instead, look for simple, minimal formulas with gentle, hydrating ingredients and antioxidant-rich oils. Once you double cleanse, we promise you’ll never go back. 

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