Use a cleansing oil, balm or milk as your first cleanse.
These formulations are very good at dissolving even the most stubborn, longwearing makeup—plus they can get inside the pore where oil and product tend to build up. Oil-based formulations also help balance the amount of oil on your skin while they cleanse, so they also work for those with shiny complexions.
Apply your cleansing oil or balm with dry hands to start with and then add water.
This means the cleanser will be able to lift and melt everything off effectively. Oil dissolves oil (both oil-based makeup and oil on the skin) and when you add water it’ll start to turn milky before your final rinse.
Use a foam or gel cleanser during your second cleansing step.
Try using a gel or foam second, as this will ensure your skin is left squeaky clean by removing any traces of product. Your second cleanse won't require using a lot of product, the hard work is done with your first cleanse. The new Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser clears away makeup, pollution and impurities to ensure a thorough clean as your final step.
Use a foam, gel or exfoliating cleanser for both steps.
This will strip or over exfoliate the skin. Instead, opt for two different formulas (oil, milk or balm first) to ensure that your skin is deeply cleansed but not stripped of essential moisture.
Dry your face with a grubby towel that’s been sitting in your bathroom forever.
Sure, this isn’t double cleansing-specific advice, but it’s advice you should heed, nonetheless. You never know what kind of microorganisms are lingering in your towel, particularly in a cold damp bathroom, so use a clean dry face washer or tissue your skin dry.
Use really hot water.
Always use tepid water, particularly if you're doing a double cleanse. Hot water will dry the delicate skin on your face out, resulting in a compromised skin barrier that’ll lose precious moisture at a more rapid rate.
CLEANERS TO TRY AS YOUR FIRST STEP:
Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm
This rich balm is perfect for those who want to treat themselves to a sensorial experience. The brand originated in spas and channels that wellness vibe in its high-performing skincare. A hero ingredient for Elemis is padina pavonica, a unique Mediterranean algae with proven anti-ageing and reparative benefits. The balm is free of mineral oil-free, and enriched with a combination of rose and mimosa wax, plus nourishing shea butter to melt away makeup, pollution and dirt particles in pores.
AmorePacific Cleansing Oil
Infused with coconut oil to melt away makeup and impurities, plus green tea seed oil to restore the skin’s barrier, this rich oil transforms into a silky emulsion when mixed with water. It’s super high in essential fatty acids, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and restored.
Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
A customer favourite for obvious reasons, this lightweight oil easily removes makeup and sunscreen without congesting the skin. It’s infused with Japanese camellia oil, which is rich in oleic acid, omegas 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B, D and E—in other words a cocktail of nourishing ingredients that your skin will drink up. The brand’s signature Hadasei-3™ complex (an anti-ageing trio of green tea, algae and rice) restores natural glow to the skin.
REN Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser
The latest launch from clean and conscious skincare brand REN, this jelly-meets-oil cleanser is designed to remove makeup quickly without leaving the skin feeling tight or uncomfortable. It’ll give you a good dose of antioxidants via grapeseed oil, while meadowfoam seed oil mimics the skin’s natural oils, so things feel balanced post-cleanse.
CLEANSERS TO TRY AS YOUR SECOND STEP:
Tatcha The Rice Wash
The newest launch from Japanese skincare brand Tatcha is a gently effective, cream cleanser that washes away excess oil and makeup leaving your skin feeling soft and luminous. Like every product in Tatcha’s offering, this one harnesses a centuries-old Japanese practice—this time using rice as an essential ingredient. Over the years, Japanese women have rinsed the delicate grains of rice in preparation for cooking—repurposing the leftover milky water within their beauty rituals. This milky water is filled with vitamins A, B12 and E, plus moisturising proteins that soften and boost radiance. So, you can imagine why Tatcha’s latest cleanser is formulated with rice, as well as plethora of Japanese superfoods, to replenish skin’s moisture levels while is cleanses.
Shiseido Complete Cleansing Microfoam
This frothy face wash has garnered fans around the globe for its ability to deeply clean and leave skin baby-soft. A combination of rice germ oil and mineral spring water help to clean the surface of the skin while keeping the skin barrier intact.
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
This exfoliating cleanser is gentle enough to use every day and contains enzymes that softly resurface skin by digesting unwanted dead skin cells. It also contains binchotan charcoal to detoxify pores, niacinamide to calm redness and red algae to protect skin from environmental nasties (like pollution).
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
One of the unique things about this cleanser is it’s PH balanced (at 5.5), which leaves your skin more resistant to breakouts and irritation (a win win). This jelly formula is made from natural surfactants (ingredients that dissolve oil) and is filled with hydrating glycerine and nourishing marula oil. And don’t be fooled by how gentle it feels, it can still remove stubborn makeup.
Dr. Dennis Gross All-In-One Facial Cleanser With Toner
This one is for the fuss-free types. Used by Dr. Gross for all his in-clinic treatments, this multitasking cleanser harnesses the power of witch hazel to tone the skin (witch hazel also strengthens capillaries) as well as chamomile and vitamin E to soothe, calm and chill out stressed skin.