What is double cleansing?

There is a fallacy doing the rounds that double cleansing means using oil followed by foam. No.
If you’re using two products to cleanse at night then you’re already double cleansing.

The whole idea behind oil cleansing is that like attracts like. Oil dissolves oil— and so it’s supposed to be the very best thing for removing ALL traces of makeup, grime and sebum without stripping or irritating your skin. But oil cleansing certainly isn’t the only option you’ve got for your first cleanse. The idea is to get your makeup off and the following products are suitable candidates for the job:
  –  Eye makeup removers
  – Micellar waters
  – Greasy balms
  – Cleansing creams and
  – Oils


If you’re considering adding a plant oil to your routine, avoid essential/fragrant oils (like lavender, eucalyptus, or any type of citrus). These fragrant oils do not have the
same benefits as the non-fragrant variety, and they contain compounds that have significant potential to irritate skin.


I prefer cleansing balms and reformulated oils because they have been emulsified to make them a lighter texture for all skin types. Formulas like clinique cleansing balm and cleansing oil also rinse away completely with water thus negating the need to use a hot face flannel.

You want to avoid a hot flannel on your face because it can dilate and break your capillaries. No treatments can make the capillaries shrink! (Though there are a variety of methods to
cover, improve or make them disappear).

Second Cleanse.

Here use a cleanser that addresses special skin needs. This one is your skin cleanser more than your makeup remover. Its job is to make sure your skin is clean, balanced and comfortable. You can obviously use one cleanser for both
cleanses if you have budget concerns. Just buy the best that you can afford when you can afford it.


When using a single product to double cleanse, I find cleansing balms work exceptionally well. Other products suitable for your second cleanse are:

  -Cleansing milks
  -Cleansing gels – non-foaming
  -Cleansing creams
  -Cleansing clays and
  -Cleansing oils


My personal favorites for a second cleanse (I have oily skin) are clean&clear blackhead clearing daily scrub, St Ives apricot cleanser and clean&clean blackhead clearing cleanser. I, of course, never use them all at the same time and only use the scrubs every other day.

Double cleansing isn’t essential in the morning unless you wore your makeup to bed. But you won’t be doing that, will you? Use any cleanser of your choice in the morning except wipes and foaming cleansers.

Thanks for stopping by!

10 thoughts on “What is double cleansing?

  1. basicbeautywithkate says:

    I love the St. Ives scrubs – they’re great! Especially the apricot and green tea scrub. For some reason, clean & clear always breaks my out. Love this. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing your best tips! I have always kind of struggled with my skin, but have recently started using a combo of coconut and jojoba. That has worked pretty well. I used to use Clinique and actually really liked it too.

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