Here’s How Double Cleansing Prevents Breakouts
This summer, we hope you’ve been wearing your sunscreen every day! Whether you spend a day at the beach, take a short walk around your neighborhood, or even stay indoors all day, SPF is crucial for maintaining skin health and that youthful glow.
While religiously applying sunscreen is everyone’s new favorite thing, not many people talk about properly removing your SPF products at the end of the day. Here’s where our favorite form of facial cleansing comes in.
What Even Is Double Cleansing?
Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like—cleansing your skin twice! But why do dermatologists recommend this facial cleansing method? Double cleansing ensures a more thorough clean than just cleansing once.
If you wear makeup products, you probably know how hard they can be to break down with just one cleanse, which is why people often use makeup-removing products such as wipes, toners, or micellar waters.
However, even those products aren’t as effective as the double cleansing method. In addition, makeup wipes and makeup removing pads can be very wasteful and expensive to continue buying over time.
A cleansing oil will last you longer, save you money, and be more environmentally friendly.
Even when you don’t wear makeup, we still recommend the double cleansing method to remove broad-spectrum SPF, a product you should be wearing every day.
Sunscreen buildup can clog pores and cause breakouts, just like makeup buildup can cause acne.
Studies show that SPF and makeup are best removed with the 2-step oil/water cleansing process, as the oil can break down the products more effectively.
But how exactly does one double cleanse their skin? If you prefer not to use an oil cleanser, you can use a basic, regular cleanser twice.
However, the most effective form of double cleansing starts with an oil-based cleanser and then follows up with a water-based cleanser.
An oil cleanser will break down your products, such as mascara, foundation, tinted moisturizers, lip products, and more. But we don’t recommend using just any oil.
You shouldn’t just grab some olive oil or coconut oil from your kitchen cabinet and slather it on your skin. Stick to cosmetic-grade oil cleansers. Here are our cleanser recommendations!
It Starts With Oil,
One of our best oil-based cleansers is the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil.
Avène’s award-winning daily cleansing oil calms, soothes, and alleviates itching associated with atopic dermatitis and eczema.
The cleanser gently lathers with an oily texture that seals in moisture and restores the skin’s barrier. This cleansing oil is even suitable for infants and children.
Some oil cleansers will lather up with water and create an emulsion on the skin that you can rinse off. Other oil cleansers will not create this effect, but will still break down any cosmetic products you’re wearing.
Simply wipe away the remaining oil and products with a gentle, clean facial towel. No matter what type of oil cleanser you use, you should follow up with a gentle water-based cleanser.
Then With Water!
One of our best water-based cleansers is our Sensitive Me Cleanser. This foaming, non-drying formula effectively cleanses while delivering moisturizing and skin softening benefits. It’s enhanced with liposome-encapsulated Vitamins A, C, E, CoQ10, and Green Tea Extract to help quench free radicals and calm and soothe the skin.
A water-based cleanser will remove the broken down products and leftover oil on your skin gently. After cleansing, you can apply any serums or masks you would like before following up with a moisturizer.
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