What is double cleansing and how do I do it?

While makeup is great for covering blemishes, evening out your skin tone, and making you feel confident, it’s just as important for you to take care of the skin that’s underneath. And it’s by adopting an effective, regular skincare routine that you’ll have the biggest impact on your complexion.


Ensuring you remove all dirt, pollution, and makeup at the end of every day is the best way to maintain healthy and glowing skin. And we’re not talking about giving your face a once over with a makeup wipe either (which can be harsh and strip your skin of its necessary moisture). No, to give your skin the best chance at a blemish-free, even skin tone, we recommend giving double cleansing a go.


Your double cleansing routine

Double cleansing involves using a nourishing cleansing oil to dissolve makeup and remove SPF, pollution, and sebum from your complexion. Then, you ‘double up’ by using a water-based cleanser for a second round of cleansing for a super-thorough clean. This helps to remove all impurities from the skin, and allows for a much deeper and more effective cleanse. In short, double cleansing is great for indulging your skin with a little added ‘oomph’.


How to double cleanse your skin

Step 1: Start with cleansing oil

Start by using a nourishing, oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup. For ultimate cleansing effectiveness, we recommend Clarins Total Cleansing Oil. The rich, full texture of this cleansing oil emulsifies into a white milk upon contact with water, helping to dissolve makeup and eliminate impurities with ease. Infused with Alpine Golden Gentian and Lemon Balm extracts from Le Domaine Clarins in the French alps, this plant-powered cleansing oil helps to preserve the skin microbiota for a truly nourishing cleanse. The rich, oil base helps to remove the toughest of makeup, including long-wearing foundation and waterproof mascara.


Step 2: Double up with micellar water

Then follow up with a water-based cleanser for optimum effectiveness — a ‘double cleanse’. Clarins Cleansing Micellar Water has a fresh, lightweight formula enriched with micelles which help to break down and remove any last traces of makeup, pollution, and dirt from your skin. The combination of marine-based pre biome and Saffron Flower polyphenols help to rebalance the skin microbiota and retain moisture for soft, supple skin.


Is double cleansing necessary?

No, if you don’t have the time to double cleanse or if you’re happy with your current skincare routine — then you don’t have to change it. But if you’re struggling with overly oily or blemish-prone skin, it’s worth trying out the double cleansing method. Likewise, if you suffer from clogged pores and blackheads, you may not be effectively removing your makeup. A double cleanse could really improve your complexion here, as often one cleanse is not enough.


Whatever your skin type (whether oily, combination, dry, or sensitive), double cleansing is a great way to rebalance your complexion and supercharge your skincare routine. By removing all traces of makeup with a double cleanse, you’re giving your skin the best chance at radiance. Plus, your skincare products will be more effective as they’re able to absorb more deeply into thoroughly clean skin.


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