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How often should I double cleanse? The key to protecting your skin’s barrier

Doubling down on clear skin: how frequently should double cleansing feature in your skincare routine to maintain a healthy skin barrier?

In the quest for radiant and healthy skin, the beauty industry constantly introduces new skincare trends and routines. The double cleanse has recently emerged as a popular method for achieving a thoroughly clean and clear complexion. This two-step cleansing process, involving the use of an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based one, promises a thorough clean.

But what is the impact of double cleansing on the skin barrier, that essential guardian of skin health, and how often should you make it a routine? Let's explore the factors that can help you determine the right frequency for your skin.

Understanding the Double Cleanse: Why Two Cleansers?

Before we discuss the frequency of double cleansing, it's crucial to understand why this method has become a staple in many skincare routines.

  • Oil Cleanser: The first step, typically an oil-based cleanser, is excellent for breaking down makeup, sunscreen, and sebum, which can be challenging to remove with water-based cleansers alone.
  • Water-Based Cleanser: Following the oil cleanser, a water-based cleanser is used to wash away impurities, remaining traces of makeup, and any remaining oil-based cleanser. It ensures a deep, thorough cleanse without leaving residue.

How does it benefit my skin?

Double cleansing provides a more thorough removal of impurities, reducing the risk of clogged pores, breakouts, and dull skin. By eliminating surface debris, your skin becomes more receptive to the beneficial ingredients of subsequent skincare products within your routine. Ultimately, this will lead to improved skin health, by promoting enhanced product absorption to protect and maintain a strong barrier. 

Especially when followed with an appropriate serum and moisturiser, your skin will be glowing both inside and out. We recommend heading to our website and taking our Five Element Quiz, to discover which products and ingredients suit your skin type best.

How Often Should You Double Cleanse? 

As a general guideline, double cleansing once a day, preferably in the evening, can be beneficial for most people. However, always listen to your skin's needs and adjust the frequency accordingly. Overdoing it can strip your skin of natural oils, leading to irritation and dryness. 

  • Daily Makeup Wearers: If you wear makeup daily, double cleansing in the evening is highly recommended. Makeup, especially long-wearing or waterproof products, can be stubborn to remove with a single cleanser. Double cleansing ensures that you thoroughly cleanse your skin, preventing pore-clogging and breakouts.
  • Sunscreen Users: Even if you don't wear makeup, if you apply sunscreen regularly (as everyone should) double cleansing is beneficial. Sunscreen can form a film on the skin, and without proper removal, it may lead to breakouts and dullness.
  • Heavy Pollution Exposure: Living in a city will mean your skin is experiencing prolonged exposure to environmental pollutants, and therefore daily double cleansing is a MUST. Pollution particles can adhere to your skin throughout the day, and double cleansing helps remove them effectively.
  • Post-Workout or Sweaty Days: After intense workouts or activities that make you sweat heavily, double cleansing can help remove sweat, bacteria, and excess oil, preventing post-workout breakouts.

When to Skip Double Cleansing

  1.  Morning Routine: Double cleansing every single morning is generally unnecessary for most people, as the skin hasn't yet been exposed to any external pollutants. A gentle cleanse with the water based cleanser is often sufficient to refresh your skin for the day.
  2.  Dry or Sensitive Skin: If you have dry or sensitive skin, double cleansing every day might be too harsh. Consider double cleansing on days when you've worn makeup or sunscreen, or when your skin feels particularly dirty. 
  3.  Colder, Dryer Seasons: During the colder months, your skin may produce less oil, and the barrier may be more fragile. 
  4.  Listen to your skin: Pay attention to how your skin reacts. If you notice excessive dryness, redness, or sensitivity, you might be double cleansing too often, or you may not be using the right cleanser for you. Many of the cleansers out there include chemicals that can be too harsh on your skin barrier, which could lead to detrimental impacts on your skin's health. We recommend minimal chemical, natural products to ensure your barrier is being supported, not destroyed.

In Conclusion: Balancing Cleanliness and Skin Health

Double cleansing is a simple yet powerful technique that can revolutionise your skincare routine. By incorporating the right products that work for your specific skin type, you can achieve a clearer, healthier complexion. It's important to strike a balance between effective cleansing and not over-stripping your skin. Pay attention to how your skin reacts and adjust your routine accordingly. Remember, the key to successful double cleansing is choosing products that suit your skin type and concerns. By following our five element quiz, you can discover a routine personalised to your skin and its needs. 

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