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The Double Cleansing Method And Why You Need To Do It

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In the last few years of the decade all things Kpop has stormed the American culture. Their music and style has taken American culture by storm, thus in turn their beauty secrets  have too. One such beauty trend has been the Korean 10 step skin care routine/ lifestyle which involves a system of first cleansing with a makeup remover and oil cleanser, water based cleanser, and exfoliator. Then prepping the skin with a toner, followed by products that give nourishment to your skin like an essence, beauty treatments, sheet masks, and an eye cream. Finally, followed by a moisturizer and sun protection. 

The first step and the backbone of the Korean process is typically known as a double cleanse, a skin ritual that can benefit you by itself.  The double cleansing method is a skin washing technique that requires you wash your face with two different types of cleansers to wash your face. 

It entails you to first use a oil cleanser, micellar water, or a balm cleanser, then  you follow it by a second water based cleanser to make sure all the dirt, grime, and oils from the environment is not being left behind on your skin so aftercare skin ingredients can work better. 

What is an oil based cleanser?

 An oil based cleanser is basically a cleanser whose first ingredient is oil. There are those that are completely  liquid oils. And then those that are in the form of balms/creams. Their main job is to attract and lift dirt and makeup more easily. 

A good oil based cleanser for dry skin is the Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser makeup remover. 

Next you will want to follow up with a cleanser that is water based, meaning the first ingredient of the cleanser should be water. Use your choice of a micellar water like L’oreal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof.

 Or one of my fave cream cleansers, the Olay Total Effects 7 In One Cream Cleanser. It cleanses, refreshes, brightens, purifies, softens the skin, and minimizes the appearance of your pores. And lastly smooths the surface of the skin. 

The Science Behind the Method And Its Benefits

The purpose of this method is the first cleanse with the oil based cleanser will remove the excess oil and oil based product residue. The second cleanser which should be water based will then get rid of any pore clogging dirt that may remain on the skin. This method is a huge benefit for those who wear makeup more. The double cleansing helps remove the layers of makeup so you can then properly cleanse the skin. Thus, the cleansing allows room for any steps of products in your skincare regime to penetrate deeper into the skin allowing the benefits of those products to work properly. 

What Skin Type Can Benefit From Double Cleansing

Although beneficial double cleansing for some individuals is not always necessary. For those of you who have dry skin, sensitive skin, or rosacea prone skin, double cleansing might be needed at night or needs to be done in moderation. However, for those who suffer with acne prone skin or oily skin this method can do wonders for you. If you’re a constant makeup wear no matter what skin type then double cleansing is the best method to cleanse your face to thoroughly remove the makeup.

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