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The Double Cleansing Method: What It Can Do Do For Your Skin

Emoni Rochelle

Beginner's Guide to Double Cleansing

What's double cleansing? It's a technique popular in Asian skin care that involves washing the skin not once, but twice. This process involves using an oil-based cleanser first, either an oil or cleansing balm, to breakdown makeup and grime from the skin. Then, following up with a foam or gel cleanser to remove debris from within the pores.

Why an Oil?

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You may be thinking, doesn't my regular cleanser work? Wouldn't an oil make my skin feel greasy or clogged? Not necessarily.

An oil-based cleanser works to melt away stubborn makeup, waterproof sunscreen and grime that may be otherwise missed with a general cleanser. The texture of an oil helps to move and breakdown stubborn substances, making it easier to thoroughly clean the skin. Ever washed your face only to find smudges of mascara or waterproof liner still under your eyes? Using an oil-based cleanser first would solve that problem so you never have to worry about makeup being left on the skin.

Is Double Cleansing for Me?

Look, we all know that cleansing your skin every night can be tough enough. Although if you can find the time, double cleansing may be just the thing your skin needs. So how do you know if double cleansing is for you?

If you have combination to oily skin, you may think that double cleansing would not work for you, although don't knock it yet. Oilier skin types tend to have a harder time with clogged pores which often leads to breakouts and acne. If you find it tough to fully remove the makeup and grime from your skin with your regular cleanser, then using an oil-based cleanser may be just the thing your skin needs. Makeup left sitting on the skin, especially overnight, can lead to clogged pores and then breakouts. Therefore this method actually helps to prime the skin for cleansing by completely removing all traces of makeup, sunscreen and contaminants, so your cleanser can get straight to your pores.

If you wear makeup everyday or use sunscreen often, double cleansing may be the best way for you to go. If you have dry skin, using an oil or emulsifier first, can be soothing to your skin and can help with dryness and flaking.

Who Double Cleansing is Not For

If you have sensitive skin or are suffering from irritation as a result of a breakout or skin condition, you may want to stay away from double cleansing. In these cases, it’s best to use a light cleansing milk or lotion as opposed to an oil or balm which may further irritate the skin.

What to look for in an oil-based cleanser?

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When double cleansing, you don't want to use just any oil on your skin. Certain oils can actually lead to clogged pores and other issues. Therefore be sure to avoid ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil or silicones as these ingredients tend to sit on top of the skin, preventing other products from penetrating the skin's barrier.

How to?

You'll want to apply your oil-based cleanser to moist skin. Therefore add a splash of water to your face and then massage your cleansing oil into your skin. Make sure your eyes are closed as you gently massage away any eye makeup you are wearing. Rinse your skin thoroughly. After you've used your oil, it's time to follow up with your foaming or gel cleanser. Try the Hada Labo Gokujyun Foaming Face Wash which gently cleanses impurities from the pores, while maintaining your skin’s moisture balance.


If you find that you’ve had a tough time removing all of your makeup, try double cleansing! This method is a sure-fire way to make sure all traces of makeup have been removed from you skin, thus preventing clogged pores and future breakouts. Oils are extremely effective at melting down your makeup, sunscreen and anything else that may be left on the skin after a regular cleanser. Try it out and let us know how it works for you!


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