What is double cleansing?
As its name suggests, the double cleansing method is a two-step cleansing process. If you have oily or blemish-prone skin, like to layer on your sunscreen or wear heavy makeup, you’ll find double the cleansing has double the benefits and offers the most thorough cleanse. Also known as the oil cleansing method, it involves cleaning your face with an oil-based cleanser first and a second water-based cleanser.
The benefits of double cleansing
Oil-based cleansers are designed to remove oil-based impurities, SPF, makeup and sebum. When followed by a water-based cleanser, it leaves them to focus on clearing your skin of sweat and dirt. Combined, they can clean your skin more thoroughly and effectively, and also improve the efficacy of your other skincare steps.
Can you use micellar water to double cleanse?
You certainly can. Micellar water is made up of purified water and micelles – cleansing oil molecules, which are effective at removing oil and dirt. This combination makes micellar water a great choice for a gentle first cleanse before following with a foaming formula.
Will double cleansing make my skin oilier?
While the idea of adding an oil-based cleanser to oily skin may sound counterproductive, double cleansing can help to remove excess oil that your one-step process doesn’t. Rather than choosing a stronger, harsh cleanser, double cleansing with two gentle cleansers that focus on clearing the skin of different impurities can have better results and avoid stripping the skin’s surface of essential oils.
If you are worried about encouraging your oily skin to break out by oil cleansing, you can always use a micellar water as your first cleansing step.
Our best cleansers for double cleansing
Our La Roche-Posay Micellar Water has been tested on the most sensitive skin, so is suitable for everyone. Apply with a cotton wool pad to cleanse and remove makeup and impurities – this low-maintenance high-performing favourite doesn’t require any rinsing or rubbing.
For sensitive skin, follow with Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser Wipe-Off Milk. It’s enriched with Glycerine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to soothe skin while cleansing it of impurities.
Alternatively, Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel facial wash is specially formulated for oily, blemish-prone skin. Create a lather with warm water before massaging into the face to lift dirt and reduce the appearance of spots and shine. Remember to rinse thoroughly afterwards.Discover La Roche-Posay’s full range of facial cleansers here