The 411 on Double Cleansing

By Jun 11,2018

It's no secret that we all strive to achieve perfectly flawless skin. I'm personally guilty of trying out various lotions and potions and all the latest facial gadgets, but have always religiously maintained one essential role in my skin care routine - double cleansing. 


I have been been telling my clients (and myself) for years, that simply double cleansing your skin, morning and evening, will help you to achieve flawless skin. 


So what is double cleansing?


Double cleansing is a two-step process to remove make up and the days build up of dirt, pollution and grime, and to achieve a satisfactory result from this process this requires the use of suitable products. 


The First Cleanse 

Your first cleanse is to remove your make up, and if you're not wearing any make up it's to remove the days dirt, pollution and grime from your face. 

Ideally this is done with an oil-based facial cleanser. My personal favourites are:

ELEMIS Nourishing Omega Rich Cleansing Oil

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm 

Vitage Essential Cleansing Balm 


Oil cleansers actually clean your skin better; they remove make up, dirt and grime more efficiently as the oil attaches itself to the dirt, and excess sebum and lifts itself off.


The Second Cleanse 


Now that your make up and the days pollution is removed throughly, you can actually now cleanse your skin. 

For this step you should use a cleanser that is better suited to your skin. For example, if you're concerned with ageing I would recommend a cleanser with more active ingredients, like Gentle Facial Cleanser by Priori (now known as Elizabeth Arden PRO) which contains Latic acid. Latic acid is great for all skin types as its a very gentle acid and really hydrates the skin. 

For a young or combination skin, a cream cleanser might be better suited to you. Some of my favourites are:

Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser

Vitage Revitalising Daily Cleanse 

Regentiv Gentle Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 


Always make sure you really work the product into the skin by massaging it throughly into your skin for atleast a minute to ensure you get the most out of your products.


Beauty Tip: Leave your cleansers on for a few minutes whilst you brush your teeth, then rinse off.