Everything You Need to Know About Double Cleansing


If you suggested I apply an essence, serum, or moisturizer twice in a row, I’d laugh and tell you this isn't April fool’s day. But there is one step in our skin-care routine that might bear repeating: cleansing.

This has long been practiced in Korea and remains the backbone of many K-beauty skin-care routines — but only started picking up traction across the world about five years ago.

So, let’s get to the gist of it, shall we? 

What Is Double Cleansing?

“Double cleansing is simply defined as using two separate types of cleansers to wash your face"

1. First, use an oil-based cleanser or micellar water and (we like OMARICODE Melt Away Cleansing Oil or Omaricode Melt Away Cleansing Water). This helps remove any makeup you might be wearing as well as sunscreen (which I know you're wearing, right?).

Heavy makeup-wearers as well as those with oily skin might prefer an oil-based formula to a micellar one. Because makeup and sebum are lipophilic (meaning they dissolve in oil), using an oil-based cleanser can be more effective.

2. Now it's time for your second cleanse, which helps take care of the stuff you might not necessarily see with the naked eye, like pollutants and debris and any cleanser of your choosing should do the job here, depending on your skin concerns. 

What Are the Benefits of Double Cleansing?

If "wear sunscreen" is the golden rule of skin care, "wash your face" certainly takes home silver.  Ultimately, a cleaner skin is one that's better able to absorb and benefit from the skin care you apply on it afterward. 

Who Should Double Cleanse — and When?

If you have oily skin and/or wear makeup daily, you might find double cleansing every evening works just fine for you.  If your skin isn't particularly oil-prone or you're only an occasional makeup wearer, double cleansing can be done 2 -3times weekly as a gentle cleanser alone should do the job.


Regardless of your skin type, double cleansing always "needs to be followed up with a proper moisturizer to reinstall hydration immediately. And, as with any new skin-care technique, start slow — try a double cleanse, then closely monitor how your skin reacts. Happy cleaning!


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