Have You Tried Double Cleansing? Here’s How I Do It

You won't believe what I did last night! Twice!
You won’t believe what I did last night! Twice!

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 oiland 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.

From left: Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil, Bella Aura Purifying Cleanser, Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
From left: Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil, Bella Aura Purifying Cleanser, Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser


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?


Even when I use my glasses, my pores look pretty good!
Come closer – let me see. Your skin is glowing!

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Reader Comments

  1. greenstyle

    Double cleansing has been around for decades! The US got a more noticeable wind of this starting in the mid to late 90’s with Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils. The company that really started this method though,in the US at least, was Erno Laszlo in the 1930’s as he had his clients use a cleansing oil before using soap. The oil removed facial oil as well as makeup and sunscreen (which he might have been the first to advise people to use SS way back then). Earlier than Laszlo was Pond’s cold cream ,which was applied to remove oil and makeup, and then that was removed with bar soap, or not if the person was ok with a layer of Pond’s left on the skin. The marketing angle was/is that the oil removes oil,makeup and sunscreen , which is does, but in reality the real point was/is to use an oil to protect the skin from harsh soap ingredients.

    What it really comes down to is using an oil , and they are the ingredients in these pre cleansers,that will break down oil and makeup that’s on the skin and then use a cleanser to get the other product off the skin. If you look at the majority of these pre cleansers you’ll see that the main ingredient is mineral oil or corn oil or some other kind of oil. Mineral oil is the most popular oil as it’s in almost everything since it’s so cheap. So,for example, a bottle of baby oil, which is just mineral oil, used to remove makeup and then another cleanser to remove that will have pretty much the same effect. And remember that you’re literally washing all those great ingredients in the higher end cleansers down the drain because they don’t stay on the skin long enough to do anything. That’s where a good moisturizer comes in. If one doesn’t want to use mineral oil then coconut oil or another rich oil will deeply cleanse just as well. I find coconut the best as it removes waterproof makeup like a dream. You can make a rinse off oil cleanser by adding something called cromollient SCE to an natural oil BTW.

    So old technique with new marketing. It’s been around a long time because it works. I’m a fan!

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