The Science Behind Double Cleansing

Is twice really as nice? When it comes to cleansing the skin, science tells us yes. Double cleansing is based on the idea that the first step removes all that dirt, makeup, pollution and excess oil that gets trapped on the face every day, and step two is a water-based cleanser revealing the cleanest skin and pores. If you’re looking to set the skin up for success, check out these science-based facts on why the double cleanse works.

Fact #1: Every Skin Type Can Benefit

Considered effective for every skin type, the process of double cleansing (especially when you use products designed specifically for your skin type) can be effective even for oily or acne skin. While it might seem odd to add anything oil based to these skin types, oil-based cleansers are actually the gentlest and most effective way to thoroughly cleanse because it will not strip the skin of it’s natural, protective oils. It’s also an effective way to cleanse dry, mature or reactive skin or those that wear heavy makeup. 

Face #2: It’s Been Proven Over Time

The idea of double cleansing has been long-practiced in Japanese, Korean, German and French skincare—dating as far back as the 14th century. According to reports, Japanese geishas used cleansing oils followed by a foamy cleanser to remove their traditional white makeup. In Korea, oil based cleansers were first used to remove face powders followed by rice water to remove any impurities, and Germany was perhaps the first country to mass produce a product line based on this concept.

Fact #3: It Sets the Skin Up for Success

Double cleansing starts with an oil-based cleanser designed to remove impurities, including makeup, sunscreen, and pollution. By getting rid of all this first, the second water-based cleanser or toner can really work its way into the skin, further cleansing the skin to wash away the grime and sweatClean and pH balanced, the skin is perfectly prepared for the next steps in the skincare routine.

Fact #4: It’s Most Effective as Part of Your Nighttime Skincare Routine

Cleansing the face with makeup remover wipes or a quick scrub with a regular cleanser, will do nothing to properly remove foundation, sunscreen, or pollution particles from the face. Double cleansing each evening will provide a deep and thorough cleanse while gently nourishing and balancing the skin. It can also brighten any dullness, ultimately lifting the complexion and rinsing away the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface. An evening double cleanse will allow any serumsmoisturizers or essential oils that are part of a consistent nighttime skincare routine penetrate the skin and work that magic more effectively.