Let's Talk About Double Cleansing

Let's talk about double cleansing! Should you really be doing it? What is double cleansing? Well, exactly what it sounds like... cleansing the skin twice! What started as a K-Beauty regimen is now followed globally by all beauty enthusiasts. The idea behind it is to first remove whatever is on the skin, makeup, sunscreen, dirt, oil and the day in general. Followed by, you guessed it, a second cleanse to actually clean the skin. 

Basically, this involves two different types of cleansers: one that is oil-based followed by a water-based cleanser. This two-step process, ensures a thorough wash that will leave the skin clean and prepped for the rest of your routine. So let's dive in and check out our Beauty Editor's top picks to find you the best double cleansing duo.

Oil Based/Balm/Micellar Water Cleansers
First cleanse use an oil, balm or micellar water cleanser to remove makeup, sunscreen etc.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Most loved cleansing balm in the world! It quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups and sunscreens. Gently removes the stress of pollution so skin looks younger.


La Roche Posay  Oil Infused Micellar Water

La Roche Posay 
Micellar Water

The micellar water is designed to gently remove makeup and cleanse skin while respecting the skin's physiological balance. Boosted with glycerin for optimal comfort and hydration power.


Elemis  Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

This nourishing cleansing balm dissolves makeup, pollutants and daily impurities for a soft and glowing complexion.


Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

A mild cleansing oil that gently removes makeup and impurities with a refreshing finish. It helps exfoliate the skin while retaining the skin moisture and without damaging the natural barrier.


Water Based/Gel/Cream Cleansers
Now for your second cleanse, which helps take care of the stuff you might not necessarily see with the naked eye, like pollutants and debris. A gentle cleanser is ideal for this.

COSRX  Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

A mildly acidic cleanser with the ideal balanced pH level of 5-6. It is gentle on the skin and makes skin supple and clear without stripping skin's natural oils, leaving skin hydrated all day long


Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel

A rose-infused facial cleansing gel that will leave your skin thoroughly cleansed, refreshed and soothed. It helps to  cleanse, soften and tone while keeping skin’s moisture level and protective barrier intact.


Peter Thomas Roth  Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Makeup Removing Gel Cleanser

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Makeup Removing Gel Cleanser

A gel cleanser that transforms into a cloud-like foaming lather to hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid and gently remove makeup, excess oil and impurities.


Murad  Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser

Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser

This creamy, ultra-gentle micellar cleanser safely removes dirt and makeup, while curbing irritation and leaving beneficial moisture intact.


Finished Cleansing? Time To Nourish!
For the same the reason, regardless of your skin type, double cleansing needs to be followed with a great moisturiser or serum, to reinstall hydration immediately (think skin barrier strengthening ceramides, glycerin and pantheon).

Obagi  Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream

Obagi Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream

An ultra-rich hydrating formula specifically engineered with key Biomimetic Peptides and Tara Seed Extract that both immediately and over time moisturise the skin.


Dermalogica  UltraCalming Barrier Repair

Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair

Velvety moisturiser helps fortify sensitised skin with a damaged barrier. This unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturiser can br used after toning to help shield against skin stress triggers.