I remember my college days where I used to wear makeup to class every single day. My skin wasn’t at its best at the time (when does it ever?), so I find it hard to remove the makeup before going to bed. I’d find my under-eyes black from the eyeliner from the day before, my lashes crusty with mascara leftover – absolute cringe!
I would emerge of out a cold shower thinking that I’m already squeaky clean as it was the standard fare, at least to me: teeth, sudsy mane and if I feel like it, hair soaked in conditioner while I showered my body and used Neutrogena foaming cleanser for my face. Afterward, I would do nothing as I couldn’t be bothered to put a night cream on back then.
Here’s the surprising part: I didn’t learn double cleansing from Korea.
Allow me to explain the situation:-
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.
Oil Cleanser: Gently draws out oil-based debris such as sebum, makeup, SPF and soot (aka pollutants)! Water-based cleansers aren’t capable of removing oil-based debris because oil and water don’t mix.
My mother would always have Johnson’s baby oil in our house when I was a lot younger. The routine was after shower; she would dab a little drop of baby oil into our wet hairs to help with the frizz. I stopped doing so once I entered college, due to busy lifestyle. But I love using the oil for post shower moisturizer. One lucky day, I discovered that the oil dissolves my makeup and leaves my face squeaky clean — and the rest is history.
But any oil/balm cleanser will do, if you’re not into that.
Shu Uemura Ultime8 Intensive Cleansing Balm
Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula
Start with a dry face and hands; pump/scoop 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 (you’re doing it right if it turns milky). Lastly, rinse off the oil cleanser with lukewarm water.
Wet Wipes/Washcloth: This is optional for when you’re using oil that is hard to rinse off.
Any brand would do, but don’t be disturbed by the amount of makeup you’ve put on your face! My particular favourite is this one from First Aid Beauty!
First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes | Photo: weheartit.com
Foam/Cream Cleanser: Gently draws out water-based debris such as sweat and dirt.
Personally, I’d use Benefit Cosmetics Foamingly Clean Facial Wash – but then I changed into my daily scrubbing routine with Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub and the result is invigorating (lol)!
Benefit Cosmetics Foamingly Clean Facial Wash | Photo: weheartit.com
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub | Photo: weheartit.com
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. my go-to cleanser would have to be Erno Laszlo White Marble Treatment Bar Intensive Brightening Cleanser. the bar has powerful time-release brighteners and smoothing fruit acids, making the skin looks its brightest and most balanced.
Erno Laszlo White Marble Treatment Bar Intensive Brightening Cleanser
I repeat his routine every evening, or whenever I feel like taking my makeup off — this truly does wonders to my skin!
What is your cleansing routine like?