How to 'Double Cleanse' and why is double cleansing important?

How to 'Double Cleanse' and why is double cleansing important?

The double cleanse starts out with an oil cleanser followed by a foaming cleanser - you need two different formulas to properly and thoroughly cleanse your face.

< Step One>

Oil Cleanser: Gently draws out oil-based debris such as sebum, makeup, SPF and pollutants!
Water-based cleansers aren't capable of removing oil-based debris because oil and water don't mix.

*How to Use: Pump the oil cleanser and massage it onto your face in gentle, upward circular motions.
Then add water to your face and massage again to emulsify the product.
Lastly, rinse off the oil cleanser with lukewarm water.

< Step two >

Foam/Cream Cleanser: Gently draws out water-based debris such as sweat and dirt.

*How to Use: After the oil cleanser is thoroughly rinsed off, add foam or cream cleanser to your face, with gentle upward circular motions. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Repeat Both Morning and Night!

When I mention to my friends that most likely an oil cleanser is missing from their cleansing routine, they look at me like I'm crazy. "But oil on my oily face would be disastrous! I'm going to break out!"
Ooooo, I love it when I get to interject here. It's quite contrary, actually: Oil products causing breakouts on oily faces is simply one of those skincare myths. Oil cleansers are super gentle and they actually help you get RID of acne!

How So?

You're actually doing a disservice to your skin by not properly removing your makeup/oil-based debris on your skin, which causes both congestion and breakouts. And when you use harsh cleansers that strip your face of its natural oils, your skin will actually try to over compensate for the dryness by producing more oil, which leads to more breakouts.
One thing I've confirmed since going to skin school is that when it comes to your face, oil cleansers are very, VERY essential to your cleansing routine and it's not really just a Korean beauty secret after all! It's a skincare tip practiced by many dermatologists and estheticians and I hope with more education and word of mouth, this will be a more universally used concept.

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