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The Art of Double Cleansing: 3 Reasons You Need To Try It NOW!


Frequent readers that read my blog, all I know I am a skincare freak. A weekend of spot pampering here, a solid Mid-Week Masking on Wednesdays and then some very indulgent beauty treatments in between- without a doubt- addicted. A few months back I started to become serious about my whole cleansing situation as I have had bout of some serious hormonal acne- not a fan of it AT ALL! Through reading and ogling endless hours of Caroline Hirons skincare blog, I have started to partake in her cleansing routine of double cleansing, and man oh man- it has made a world of difference in everything. So without further ado, lets get down to business with The Art of Double Cleansing

I know what you are thinking, two products to clean your face- Jamie are you kidding?  Although it may sound a bit unnecessary in your beauty routine, I do promise that it contains some amazing benefits that will make you change your mind. A solid beauty routine originating back in Japan, the two step double-cleansing method is seriously becoming a skincare phenomenon nowadays. Here are three reasons why you NEED to try a double cleanse.


Reason No. One: On a daily basis our faces our exposed some serious dirt, grime, pollution and makeup. Removing those impurities from the skin is a step that sometimes a once over cleanse cannot remove completely. Have you ever washed your face, went to tone your skin and realized that there still is some dirt and makeup on your face?  I know I have been astounded more than a few times by it. So we enter the double cleanse step- this helps ensure the dirt, pollution and grime is removed from the day all without stripping the skin or leaving it tight. Double cleansing helps remove two different types of dirt: oil based dirt and water based dirt. Oil based dirt– mainly makeup and excess oxidized sebum. Water based dirt– comprised of things like dirt, sweat and daily pollution. When it comes to a double cleanse it is like chemistry with the key theory of oil and water don’t mix. Oil dissolves other oil, therefore starting a solid double cleanse with an oil based product. Followed with a foaming or water based cleanser to remove any remaining residue and deeply cleanse and purify the skin.

Reason No. Two: Deep cleansing is the foundation of great skin. The double cleanse helps promote healthy, balanced and properly cleanser skin. Many top facialists worldwide, often tend to recommend the double cleanse method. After a week of double cleansing- skin will be ph normalized and looking about 5 times better. I don’t know about you, but I want beautiful skin.  A double cleanse prepares the skin for more products- hello serums and helps the treatments themselves soak into the skin for maximum effectiveness. And a extra beauty bonus- the double cleanser will not aggravate or clog pores- score! The end results you are left with beautiful, clear, radiant skin.

Reason No. Three: Skin care products after a while stop working. I often tend to try out tons of products and change things up all the time- never getting stuck to one skin care routine forever. Have you ever used a regimen and noticed all of a sudden it stopped working? Skin changes depending on the weather, time of year, hormones stress, etc… so needless to say sometimes a small tweak is what the skin needs. A double cleanse helps regulate the skin regardless of the time of year, stress or hormones, and allows treatments to be fully absorbed in a regimen.

Double cleansing can help initiate massaging of the skin. Massaging is beneficial for the skin- as you stimulate the blood, oxygen and nutrient flow through the skin during a massage you help increase some wonderful anti-aging benefits. Who should try a double cleanse? Anyone who wears makeup, sunscreen or has oily skin. I tend to fall into that category for sure since I wear daily makeup aka. war paint; however during season changes- I tend to have slightly oily skin. So a double cleanse for me is becoming a crucial part of my regimen.  My skin is becoming calmer and more refreshed. After a while of double cleansing I am happy to report that my skin is not dry or tight, and while I sometimes still have some hormonal breakouts rising, I am happy to report my skin is no longer red or sensitive in certain areas. I dont know about you but I call that a score. A double cleanse for sure is a skincare staple that will be staying in my regimen- I think I am in LOVE!

Have you tried a double cleanse? Do you add massage into your skincare washing routine?


Shop the Double Cleanse:

1- Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm– $28.50 USD

2- MAC Cosmetics Cleanse Off Oil– $30 USD

3- Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Wipes -$18 USD

4- REN No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm – $48 USD

5- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – $5.99 USD

6- Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser– $15 USD

7- La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser- $23.99 USD

8- Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser– $32.95 USD


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  • I haven’t used this method, but when I use makeup, I have started using a makeup removing wipe to clean all that off. Before, that was where I stopped. Now, I follow up with either oil or a foaming cleanser and either my konjac sponge, or my Body Shoppe washcloth. I’m adding a lot more masques and exfoliation steps, too. I still don’t have the skin I want, but it’s better.

  • Carly Anderson

    Ohhhhhhh I need to try this, ASAP!

  • This sounds fantastic! <3 Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Great ideas here! For my sensitive, dry skin, it’s Hada Labo Tokyo cream cleanser or Purpose. I’ve gotta find that Clarins Cleansing Oil that I bought a while back ;)

  • MyBeautyJunction

    Great post! Thank you for sharing. I am going to try double cleansing from today, as I have summer acne on my jawline and it has gone cystic :(

  • scentednights2002

    What a great idea. I love that there are choices for every skin type.

  • Mai

    That sounds really interesting, and I’m sure handy for the people who think cleansing oils are a little too much for them!

  • Noelle

    Awesome post! I think I’ll try double cleansing!

  • I actually do double cleanse and I have been doing it for years. i think thats what saved my skin

  • Kelly R

    This is good advice. I try to do this every night.

  • Christine C.

    I LOVE the double cleanse method. I started out using the Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil and I’ve also tried some cleansing butters and some other oils. It’s been soooo good on my skin. I need to try that Clinique Cleansing Butter. it’s on my list to get!!

  • Need to start doing this and tell my sister too since she has been breaking out badly lately(not hormonal)! I should probably use my Lush Ultra Bland cleanser more often and follow with purity

  • I’ll have to try this

  • Michelle

    I haven’t tried a double cleanse before! I must get on this!


  • Ange

    HUGE fan of the double cleanse!

  • Double cleanse FTW!!!

  • Anastasia

    What a fabulous post! I totally agree with you, double cleansing is the way to go; sometimes I even overachieve and go for triple cleansing (that’s when I use an extra makeup remover just for eyes). Great picks!

  • Norah Salazar

    Totally with you on this, I do double cleanse and the key is the products, switching gears and also taking into account weather and hormonal changes.

  • When I wear make up I try and always double cleanse just to make sure I have EVERY thing off my skin so my pores can breath at night but I have to be careful cause my skin can dry out and get super flaky and gross. Oh sensitive picky skin! LOL

  • when I wear makeup I do try to double (or triple hah!) cleanse. The majority of the time I don’t wear makeup at all, tho, so I never feel the need to.

  • Beth Jenkins

    I have never tried to double cleanse! I may have to try it, and see if it helps my skin!

  • I always double cleanse, but with my reusable cleansing cloth and then a cleanser with salicylic acid for acne treatment :)

  • Justina

    It’s like you read my mind, I’ve been using the Shu Uemura cleansing oil lately but feeling like I’d benefit from using a different cleanser afterwards. I’m going to try this tonight!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Thanks for introducing a new skincare jargon to me :-) I deep cleanse, either w/ oil or micellar, then clarisonic mia or konjac sponge, then tone.

  • Brilliant graphic you’ve created for the skin types.

  • I have oily skin and I always use the DHC care oil to cleanse my face.

  • Love the graphic you created in this post! I need to try a few of these products I haven’t tried out yet.

  • I always do a double cleanse too! I need to make sure I have no makeup left on my skin!

  • I always use multiple steps in my skincare routine. Makeup wipes to remove, an oil cleanser to clean a little deeper, and a foaming cleanser to make sure everything got off.

  • I always use multiple steps in my skincare routine. Makeup wipes to remove, an oil cleanser to clean a little deeper, and a foaming cleanser to make sure everything got off.

  • BTBAshley

    I am a multi cleanse person as well. Not oil based though because they are too much for my skin even when followed with a cleanser. My skin care routine has about 5 steps and I am so happy with it right now, I don’t want it to change.. =)

  • cindyprimebeauty

    Great list!

  • I’ve always loved this approach as well!!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I actually haven’t tried double cleansing! Definitely will now though!

  • I am glad that you are talking about this because I think it’s really important to do when you wash your face.

  • I am glad that you are talking about this because I think it’s really important to do when you wash your face.

  • Betzy Carmona

    It’s something I want to try :)

  • OK, you talked me into it! After my 2nd kid (2 years ago) I have been suffering for horrible hormonal acne. The thought of putting oily things on my face makes me cringe, but ill try anything to help with my issue! Thanks for some great product rec’s too!