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Double cleansing: the Asian skincare technique bloggers are obsessed with!

The double cleansing trend has been huge in Asia for a while now, but if you’re still not familiar with it, it’s time to wise up! Read on as we take a closer look at the on-trend technique beauty vloggers can’t get enough of.

OK, so what is double cleansing?


When it comes to making sure skin is fully cleansed and makeup-free, beauty bloggers and skincare experts from across the world can’t stop raving about the virtues of double cleansing. One of Asian skincare’s (formerly) best-kept secrets, this technique involves applying a thin layer of cleansing oil to the face, massaging in with clean fingers to remove any dirt or grime your skin may have accumulated throughout the day. Step two: follow up with a creamy or milky cleansing lotion to rehydrate skin, while ensuring pores remain squeaky clean.

Beauty blogger Coco, AKA The Beauty Wolf, explains that while the routine might seem like a lot of effort at first glance, the principal behind it is pretty simple. The first layer of oil-based product targets makeup, removing even long-wear formulas without pulling or tugging at skin, while the second, water-based layer takes care of any residual dirt or pollution trapped deep inside pores.

What’s more, turns out that double cleansing isn’t just for the die-hard makeup addicts among us. Coco says: “Even if you don’t wear makeup, double cleansing is absolutely necessary. What’s more, if you do wear makeup, double cleansing is the gentlest way to remove it.”

I see it as a pamper moment

Blogger Elisa of Memorable Days

Fellow blogger Elisa of Memorable Days agrees, adding: “I see it as a pamper moment. I feel happy when removing my makeup at the end of the day, and even happier when I know it's really clean after the double cleansing method. It actually helped with my pores and I have fewer pimples than before.”


Is double cleansing right for my skin?


While this approach can be great for removing hard-to-reach grime and dirt, we’re definitely not advocating a one-size-fits-all attitude to this on-trend skincare technique. Oil-based double cleansing is likely to suit younger, oilier or sun-damaged skin - skin types that studies have shown tend to be thicker.[1] Dryer or sensitive skin may want to try applying a creamy cleanser directly to skin, then following up with a gentle water-based cleanser to remove any residual dirt and grime to avoid overloading skin. Coco says: “In my experience, there aren’t really any downsides to double cleansing. However, keep in mind that you do not have to do it twice a day. Personally, I’d recommend cleaning only with a micellar water in the mornings. If you're already double cleansing at night, you don't want to over-cleanse and strip the moisture from your face.”

If the idea of double cleansing still has you feeling a little unsure, consider opting for a bi-phase cleanser. Composed of two complementary layers (oil- and water-based solutions tend to be the most common), bi-phase cleansers are a great way to test out the benefits of the double-cleansing approach. Swipe a cotton pad dipped in Vichy’s Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover across your lashes, lids and brows for a foolproof method of picking up typically waxy-textured products, such as mascara, brow gels or cream eyeshadows. We’re all for the time-saving factor, too!


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/

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