We all believe that washing our faces with soap and water is all that we need to cleanse our skin before we say goodnight and sleep. But have you ever heard of double-cleansing? Turns out our soap and water technique isn’t going to cut it if we are looking for clean and healthy skin. Let us look at what double-cleansing means, if it will suit your skin type and how to perform this technique once you’ve come back home after a long day.
What Is Double-Cleansing?
Double-cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice with two different types of cleansers. Firstly, you will use an oil-based cleanser and then with a water-based cleanser. This technique can help you remove stubborn, acne-causing and pore-clogging impurities which cannot be removed when cleansing your face only once. double-cleansing will help you break down any makeup, dirt or oil that has been accumulated on your face throughout the day. The second water-based cleanser should be according to your skin type and should have ingredients to smooth, hydrate and exfoliate your skin. Performing both steps is crucial and will assure that any treatment and moisturising is not done in vain.
Why It’s Important to Double-Cleanse According to Your Skin Type
Double-cleansing is a skincare technique that involves using two different types of cleansers in your routine to thoroughly cleanse your skin. While it may not be necessary for everyone, it can be particularly beneficial for certain skin types. Here's why double-cleansing is important according to different skin types:
Oily or Acne-Prone Skin:
- Oily skin tends to produce excess sebum, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Double-cleansing can help remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities more effectively. The first step typically involves using an oil-based cleanser to dissolve and lift off the oil-based impurities on the skin's surface, such as sebum, makeup, and sunscreen. The second step involves using a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining residue, sweat, and debris. This two-step process helps to ensure a deep cleanse and minimise the chances of clogged pores and breakouts.
Dry or Sensitive Skin:
- Double-cleansing can be beneficial for dry or sensitive skin types, but with some modifications. Instead of using an oil-based cleanser as the first step, a gentle, hydrating cleanser can be used. The initial cleanse with a gentle cleanser helps to remove makeup, dirt, and pollutants without stripping the skin's natural oils. The second step involves using a mild water-based cleanser to provide a deeper cleanse without causing further dryness or irritation. This method allows for effective cleansing while maintaining the skin's natural moisture balance.
- Combination skin types have both oily and dry areas on the face. Double-cleansing can help address the different needs of these areas. The oil-based cleanser in the first step helps to remove excess oil from the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), where oiliness is common. The water-based cleanser in the second step helps to cleanse the drier areas of the face without over-stripping natural oils. Double-cleansing ensures a thorough cleanse for the entire face, targeting specific areas' needs.
Overall, double-cleansing can be particularly beneficial for individuals with oily or acne-prone skin types to prevent breakouts. It can also be useful for those with dry or sensitive skin types when done with gentle and hydrating cleansers to maintain the skin's moisture. Combination skin types can benefit from addressing the different needs of oily and dry areas. Remember to choose cleansers suitable for your skin type and preferences, and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.
How to Double-Cleanse
Double-cleansing involves using two different types of cleansers in your skincare routine to ensure a thorough cleanse. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to double cleanse:
- Start by applying HOB’s Kumkumadi Telum to dry skin. You can use cleansing oils, cleansing balms, or micellar water with an oil-based formula. Kumkumadi Telum is prescribed in the ancient Ayurvedic text of Ashtanga Hrudaya, as an essential beauty treatment for the face. It is now proven to brighten & illuminate skin and delay signs of ageing.
- Take a small amount of the Kumkumadi Telum in your palms and gently massage it onto your face in circular motions.
- Focus on areas with makeup, sunscreen, or excess oil, such as the forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks.
- Massage for about 1-2 minutes to allow the Kumkumadi Oil to dissolve and lift off impurities.
- Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove the oil cleanser. Pat dry with a clean towel.
- After rinsing off the oil-based cleanser, take a water-based cleanser suitable for your skin type. HOB’s Hydrabright Facewash is a perfect cleanser for all skin types.
- Apply a small amount of the facewash to your wet palms and create a lather.
- Gently massage the cleanser onto your damp face using circular motions, covering all areas.
- Pay extra attention to areas prone to congestion or dirt buildup, such as the T-zone.
- Massage for about 1 minute to ensure a thorough cleanse.
- Rinse your face with lukewarm water until all traces of the cleanser are removed.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
- After double-cleansing, continue with the rest of your skincare routine, including toner, serums, moisturisers, and sunscreen.
- Double-cleansing prepares your skin for better absorption of subsequent skincare products.
It's important to note that double-cleansing is typically done in the evening to remove makeup, sunscreen, and accumulated dirt and impurities from the day. In the morning, a single cleanse with a water-based cleanser is usually sufficient. Additionally, make sure to choose cleansers that are suitable for your skin type and preferences, and adjust the frequency of double-cleansing based on your skin's needs.
So there you have it. You now know that just soap and water is never enough if you want to have clean, glowing skin without any breakouts anytime soon.