It seems everyone is talking about double cleansing these days, and for good reason. I sort of dismissed it as an extra step I didn’t need. But, like a trooper, I tried it. And I really liked it! My face felt super clean, but not over-dry, and my skin was glowing. However my laziness got the best of me and I stopped.
Then, I tried double cleansing again, using this beautiful coconut oil, and my facial cleansing is all next level. The purpose of the oil cleansing is to help lift off superficial dirt and dissolve makeup, sunscreens and the dirt of the day. So the oil cleansing is to get rid of all the stuff that is ON your skin, the stuff that clogs pores and causes premature ageing, dullness and wrinkles if it is not all removed. The second cleansing is to thoroughly and deeply cleanse the skin. This allows all the skincare we pay so dearly for to actually work on our skin because skin care products work best on clean skin.
My oil cleanser of choice right now is the magical Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil. Oil cleansing has been part of the Japanese cleansing ritual since geishas started using it to remove their traditional heavy, paint-like makeup. Tatcha is a company created by Victoria Tsai, a Harvard business school graduate with a passion for beauty. Read her inspiring story here.
Tatcha Camellia Oil is a gentle blend of camellia and rice bran oils, and no parabens mineral oil, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, phthalates. It’s one of those oils that emulsifies with water, so it rinses off easily. It’s pretty much fragrance free and simply feels beautiful on the skin.
I apply the oil to DRY skin, and massage it in for a few seconds. It’s soothing and I swear I feel I love the ritual of the warm face cloth gently removing my makeup of the day, but it’s not necessary with Tatcha Camellia Oil. However using a soft wet face cloth actually works as a gentle exfoliating step, coaxing our clogged pores to give it up! Sometimes I just splash lots of water to rinse the day away, but either way the Tatcha removes every last trace of my make up. I use it on my eyes and it makes fast work of even waterproof makeup.
I follow up with a water based cleanser, to clarify, if you will. Lately I’m obsessed with Bella Aura Gentle Purifying Cleanser. It has a gentle “foaming” quality that leaves my skin clean, glowing and happy. The second cleansing adds just another level of clean and makes sure the skin is clean.
If my skin is feeling extra oily, hormonal or breaking out, I like to use a deep cleanser that gets deep into pores. My current favourite is Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. Let me tell you – if you love Pixi Glow Tonic as much as I do, you will adore their Glow Mud Cleanser. It’s life changing. Glow Mud Cleanser is an active yet gentle cleanser with 5% glycolic acid. It gently exfoliates to reveal glowing, healthier-looking even toned skin. Mud deep cleans & detoxifies pores while hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and avocado oil plump & nourish the skin. It leaves my skin as smooth as glass and glowing. Have you tried double cleansing? Or if you haven’t, are you curious?