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Double Cleansing 101 : Your Ultimate Guide to Facial Cleansing

by Claire Hall 02 Mar 2022 0 Comments

Double Cleansing 101 : Your Ultimate Guide to Facial Cleansing

 Double Cleansing 101

After a long day, being exposed to pollution and dirt, your skin will need to wash it all away to stay fresh and clean. Double-cleansing ensures all the impurities are gone completely, which a single cleanser might not be able to do. Majority of people tend to wash their face, but to enhance the condition of your skin, double cleansing leads the way. 

At glance:

  • What is Double Cleansing?
  • How to Double Cleanse
  • Why we all should Double Cleanse
  • Our Top Picks   

  • 1.What is Double-Cleansing?

    Double Cleansing

    As implied by the name, double cleansing involves using two different types of cleansers: oil and water-based.  While this technique is still not widespread in Europe, it is a part of a regular routine in countries such as Korea and Japan (and we know they know skin).

    Oil-based cleansers tend to break down stubborn impurities such as SPF, excess sebum, make up, pollutants and dirt.  As an emulsifier, an oil-cleanser gently melts away excess impurities from the skin and pores.

    After removing the oil-based impurities, the water-based cleanser works to remove the remaining impurities such as sweat and grime. This type of cleanser can be in a form of gel, foam, milk or even cream. These generally contain other vitamins or nutrients, in order to nourish the skin after a deep clean.

    2. How to Double Cleanse

    Double Cleansing is simple. 

    1.Remove your make-up.

    2.Start by using the oil-based cleanser on you face and gently remove it from the skin.

    3.Then, move on to the water-based cleanser and wipe off your face with a face towel.

    4.That’s it!

    3.Why we all should Double Cleanse

    Double-cleansing makes sure that your skin becomes  a clear canvas and  no impurities are left on the skin overnight. It also helps with unclogging the pores and cleaning up your skin.  Sometimes it can be hard to notice what is remaining on your skin after a long day, so better be safe and use both cleansers. This  technique is especially helpful for people who wear make-up, use sunscreen or are in a polluted environment. It also allows the active ingredients in the skincare products  to penetrate deeper into the skin and work even better after the cleansing.

    4.Our Top Picks

    Oil based:

    1. Banila Co - Clean it Zero

    clean it zero

    A classic and a best-seller, Clean it Zero is an oil, hypoallergenic cleanser with sherbet-like consistency that gently melts away on your skin. Combined with water, it emulsifies, washing away with a milky-like texture. The different variations of this amazing cleanser have its own properties and are tailored to different skin types! But, all of them remove impurities and make-up efficiently, leaving the skin feeling clean and not greasy.

    Comes in several variations: Original, Revitalising, Nourishing and Purifying, Pore Clarifying 

    Suitable for: All skin types. For sensitive skin Purifying works best, and for acne-prone skin, we recommend the Pore Clarifying

    2.The Face shop - Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil 

    rice water bright light cleansing oil

    Formulated with Rice Bran Oil and Rice Bran Extract, this amazing light-weight oil cleanser not only removes make-up, excess sebum, sun cream but also brightens the complexion. Rice Bran is also well-known for its anti-oxidising properties, which help with anti-ageing and inflammations on the skin, as well as keeping it hydrated.

    Suitable for: Oily and Combination skin type 

    3. Aromatica - Orange Cleansing Sherbet

    orange cleansing sherbet

    With a similar sherbet texture as Clean it Zero, Aromatic’s oil cleanser with Orange Peel Extract will gently remove extract and exfoliate the skin, without irritating it. Its other properties include clearing out clogged pores with Canola oil and Babassu Oil that helps to smoothen and reduce bacteria on the skin. 

    Suitable for: All skin types


    4.Haruharu - Black Rice Moisture Cleansing Oil

    haruharu, cleansing oil, k-beauty

     Moisturising and gentle, this oil cleanser is enriched with natural oils to effectivity cleanse and refresh the skin. With Rice Bran Extract, Olive Fruit Oil and Jojoba oil, it will nourish the skin with vitamins, hydrate and strengthen the skin. Also vegan!

    Suitable for: All skin types, especially dry skin

    5.B.LAB - PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

    B.Lab, cleansing oil

    This cleanser does it all: it removes make-up, exfoliates blackheads and unclog pores. Formulated with PHA, which has helps to hydrate the skin and promotes cell regeneration, and Honey Extract that has antibacterial properties, it is enhances skin and reduces acne. 

    Suitable for: Acne-prone skin



    1.COSRX - Low pH Good Morning Cleanser 

    CORSX, Skin Cupid

    Despite the name, this cleanser is great at any time of the day, although it is a great way to start your morning. It gently cleanses the skin, without stripping it of its natural oils, leaving the skin fresh and not tight. The low pH implies that it is slightly acidic, which helps it in keeping and restoring your skin’s natural pH levels. Balanced pH levels in skin aids in preventing acne and dehydration.

    Suitable for: All skin types but works especially well for dry and sensitive skin types


    2.Innisfree - New Green Tea Foam Cleanser

    innisfree, concealer, skin cupid

    With a milky texture that turns into foam when applied, this cleanser is enriched with Green Tea Leaf Extract and Water. Aside from unclogging pores and removing impurities left over on the skin, the Green Tea calms down the skin, reducing inflammation and replenishing the skin with antioxidants. After, the skin feels refreshed and hydrated, benefiting from the properties of the added Green Tea.

    Suitable for: All skin types

    3.Krave Beauty - Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

    Krave Beauty, Skin Cupid

    It's all the name. This jelly-like cleanser is designed to cleanse and hydrate your skin after use. Matcha is well-known for its antioxidants, helping to reduce inflammation and prevent premature anti-aging. Meanwhile the Hemp Seed Oil restores the skin’s natural barrier and replenishes it with several vitamins, giving it a youthful glow.

    Suitable for: All skin types

    4.COSRX - Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

    cosrx, cleanser, k-beauty

    Perfect for sensitive or acne-prone skin, this foamy cleanser gently removes impurities and sebum, leaving the skin smooth. The Salicylic acid in it reduces inflammation and redness, calming down acne and reducing break outs. With the addition of Citric Acid, it also evens out the skin and cleans pores.

    Suitable for: Acne-prone skin

    5.Innisfree - Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

    innisfree, jeju cleanser, k-beauty

    Enriched with Jeju Volcanic Scoria, this cleansing foam sweeps away pore-clogging impurities  and blackheads. It also rebalances natural minerals for a healthier, less oily complexion. Meanwhile, the Orchid and Camellia Extract will also hydrate the skin, not leaving it feeling tight after.

    Suitable for: Oily and Combination skin

    6. Shiseido - Senka Perfect Whip Collagen

    shiseido, perfect whip, collagen

    Shiseido's best selling cleanser, foams up in your hands and cleanses deeply while helping to preserve skin's natural moisture with its added Hyaluronic Acid. However the star here is the Collagen, which boosts the skin's elasticity and helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, making the skin plumper, softer and stronger. 


    Suitable for: All skin types

    Hope you enjoyed the blog, learned something about double-cleansing and will add it into your skin care routine!


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