We all know that a thorough cleansing routine is key to a healthy complexion – this is how to perfect the ultimate double cleanse, without going too hard on your skin…
There’s no better feeling than locking the bathroom door at the end of a long day and going through your cleansing ritual. Melting away mascara, dissolving stubborn foundation and generally getting rid of every last scrap of make-up, sunscreen, dirt, pollution and any other rubbish that’s built up on it throughout the day.
Not only does it signal that it’s time to wind down for the evening (especially if you’re somebody who struggles to switch off and shut down your laptop while working from home), but it’s also one of the key parts of any skincare routine.
As well as refreshing and reviving your skin, a thorough cleanse also helps the rest of your routine work harder. In short, there’s no point spending money on serums and moisturisers if you’re not cleansing properly.
You’ve probably heard of double cleansing – which is the process of cleansing twice. The first time removes makeup and impurities, while the second cleanser addresses your skin type and prepares it for the skincare products you’re about to apply – but how do you know what products are best for which step and how do you ensure you’re not going to strip your skin, which can leave it feeling dry and tight?
Here, we’ve rounded up the answers to all your questions to make sure your next cleanse is the best of your life…
1. What products are best for double cleansing?
Micellar water is a great option for step one of a double cleansing routine.
“Micellar water is a specially formulated solution that contains small suspended surfactant molecules – called micelles – that, by nature, attract both dirt and oil,” explains dermatologist Dr Alexis Granite.
CeraVe’s new Micellar Cleansing Water is a great option, as unlike other micellar waters, it contains a blend of essential ceramides combined with skin-soothing niacinamide, which helps to give something back to the skin, rather than just taking away.
“Ceramides are lipids that make up to 50% of the skin’s composition and applying them to the skin helps restore the natural barrier. They work synergistically with niacinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3 and has anti-inflammatory effects,” adds Dr Granite.
For your second cleanse, we recommend following with a traditional cleanser suited to your skin type, like CeraVe’s bestselling Hydrating Cleanser, for normal to dry skin, or Foaming Cleanser for normal to oily skin.
2. Check your water temperature
Another vital part of your cleansing routine is water temperature.
Too hot and it can cause redness and sensitivity, but too cold and it won’t work to get rid of all the dirt and oil that’s likely to be sitting on your skin.
Ideally, you should be aiming for around body temperature – 37 degrees – which makes for a pleasant cleanse without causing unnecessary harm.
Some experts also agree that it’s best to wash your face before getting in the shower so you’re more in control of the temperature.
3. Use a flannel if you like
There’s a lot of conflicting advice on the internet about whether or not you should be using a flannel or muslin cloth to cleanse with.
Ultimately it’s a personal decision, but most experts would agree that if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, it’s best to steer clear.
That’s because they are a type of exfoliator and rubbing too harshly can lead to a damaged skin barrier.
However, if your skin is pretty resilient, feel free to use one – just make sure you’re switching it up after every use to prevent bacteria build-up.
4. Make sure you’re cleansing your whole face
Sounds like pretty basic advice, right?
But you’d be surprised to hear how many people don’t cleanse right up to the hairline – chances are you’re applying make-up all the way up there, and by not removing it each day means you’re on course for a breakout.
The same applies for underneath the chin and down your neck. That’s where CeraVe’s Micellar Cleansing Water is a good choice. It’s easier to control application with a cotton or reusable pad, and – as Dr Granite says – “Micellar waters leave a light residue of moisture on the skin due to the micelles contained within the solution and so are more hydrating overall than traditional toners and cleansers.
“They also do not need to be rinsed, so are quick and easy to use, as well as being also more environmentally-friendly than disposable facial wipes.”
Plus, CeraVe’s Micellar Cleansing Water is opthamologist-tested so it’s perfectly safe to use around your eyes, too.
5. Incorporate facial massage a couple of times a week
Some may say you’re doing your face – and skin – a disservice if you’re not incorporating some form of massage into your cleansing routine.
Not only is it good for getting rid of fluid build-up and adding radiance to skin, but working to get the blood flowing around your face brings oxygen and nutrients to your face.
Invest in facial massaging tools or head to YouTube and learn how to use your fingers by tapping and pinching skin, and use your knuckles to help sculpt cheekbones.
Want to upgrade your next double cleanse? CeraVe’s Micellar Cleansing Water is enriched with three essential ceramides and niacinamide, and removes dirt, pollution and makeup, while protecting the skin’s natural barrier of the face.