Double-cleansing is a serious skin-changer. To cut to the chase, it involves two steps of cleansing: one first oil-based cleanser and a second that involves a cleanser that can draw out oils.
Why cleanse with an oil first you might ask, here's the thing: oils dissolve oils best and the likelihood of your makeup you wore during the day containing oils is quite high. Cleansing with an oil first allows you to get into the skin and cleanse out any impurities, remove any makeup and melt away any excess sebum for oiler or combination skin types accumulated throughout the day.
Why is it better than just going in right away with your regular gel cleanser?
For two reasons, the first being the fact that makeup and oils won't melt away as effectively without that first oil step, and the second being you still want to keep a certain level of natural oils your skin produces (sebum) without stripping it away completely. Using any other surfactant-containing cleanser first on the skin will usually overdry the skin and overly strip it from what it needs to keep to a certain extent: the right kind of lipids that protect it from dehydration and inflammation.
How to double-cleanse the right way
Apply your favorite oil-based cleanser.
Key things to keep in mind: the oils that you apply matter - any comedogenic oils like coconut oil can cause your first double-cleansing method to go the wrong away instead of for the better. The right oils make the whole difference, and by right oils, we mean oils that will not clog pores (that have a low comedogenic rating). All oils we use for both our cleansers mentioned above contain only non-pore clogging, non-comedogenic oils and are completely safe for all skin types including oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin!
Remove dirt and oil-cleanser with your konjac sponge or a damp cloth.
Apply your favorite gel-based, milk-based cleanser or micellar water with a cloth.
Key pointers: We recommend staying clear of any cleansers that foam. The surfactants that make them foam are extremely drying to the skin and although they give us the impression that they make our skin squeaky clean they aren't any more than non-surfactant containing cleansers. That squeaky clean feeling is in fact not so great for the skin and stripping it of the sebum that protects it.
Who woulda double-cleansing method routine work for? Every skin type.
How can you optimize oil-cleansing for your specific skin type? Consider the oils and the properties the cleanser has to offer. As an example, our Revitalizing Oil Cleanser contains oils infused with herbs that are incredibly healing for the skin and helpfull in reducing any redness and irritation whereas the C-Cleansing Balm contains oils high in vitamin C derived from Rosehips and Camu Camu berries which make it a cleanser with great added brightening and exfoliating properties for dull skin.