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THE DOUBLE CLEANSING METHOD : THE WHAT, WHY, AND HOW



The DOUBLE CLEANSING METHOD has been discussed more frequently among beauty influencers  the past few years as the topic of Korean skincare rituals have become a more popular subject in the West lately.

In Asia, the double cleansing method is near ubiquitous, but this is hardly an Asian skincare ritual. Double Cleansing is not news -- it’'s been around for centuries, primarily in Japan, where the traditional geishas used a two-step method to thoroughly wash the heavy, paint-like makeup from their faces each night. That method involved cleansing first with an oil, and letting that dissolve their makeup, following with a soapy cleanser that too care of leftover impurities and cleaned the pores. Historical texts reference Korean women using plant-derived oils both to smooth on face powders—creating their own sort of oil-based foundations—and to remove them from the skin. Rice water, or ground mung beans, were then applied to flush out underlying impurities. In Japan, double-cleansing was born of necessity, as cleansing oils were the only means of removing the white paint-like base that women traditionally wore as a sign of beauty; they followed with a foaming cleanser to refresh the skin and remove oil residue.

Dermatologists, estheticians and skincare-savvy women worldwide understand and practice this absolutely critical step for an effective skincare regimen. In fact, proper cleansing is arguably the most important step to a skincare routine that will keep skin healthy and preserve youthfulness.








WHAT IS DOUBLE CLEANSING?

In short, it’s a two-step process that includes first, an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser. The oil-based cleanser can be in solid or liquid form, and depending on the cleanser can be washed off or wiped off. The oil-based cleanser is used to remove oil-based impurities, including sebum, sunscreen and makeup. A water-based cleanser can be either foaming or non-foaming and is used to remove water-based impurities, including sweat and dirt. 

This cleansing combination leaves my skin super, super soft. If you’re addicted to Tata Harper's the Regenerating Cleanser 125ml £60, like I am – and can’t imagine switching your normal cleanser up for a new one  (something many people don’t realise is that K-Beauty rituals don’t always involve all-Korean products)– you’’ll be happy to know that by preceding with the Tata Harper's Nourishing Oil Cleanser 125ml £50, you’’ll be getting an even deeper clean.

*First, lightly wet the hands and pump a few pumps of the Nourishing Oil Cleanser into the palms. Smooth over your face so it’s completely covered, and let it sit for a few seconds.
*Splash a bit of water on the skin and begin a brief facial massage: really massage the oil into the skin in circular motions, focusing on the area around the nose, the cheeks, chin and forehead. This boosts microcirculation, which flushes fresh blood and oxygen into the skin to give it a healthy glow.
*Rinse thoroughly.
*Pat the skin so it’s mostly dry. Apply a few pumps of the Regenerating Cleanser to the skin and massage thoroughly to activate the enzymes and to polish with the micro spherical Apricot Seed Powder; this extra exfoliating step really helps remove any buildup, leaving the skin impossibly soft.
 *Rinse thoroughly with warm water and finish with cold water to keep pores tight. Pat skin dry with a clean towel (never rub!). Many Korean women also use the fingertips to pat the skin gently until it is moist, but no longer wet – a practice which is supposed to help keep skin hydrated and toned. I firmly believe that clean skin is the foundation of a solid skincare routine.  Like I said, the double cleanse method is commonplace in Korea and Japan, where there is the belief that, because multiple ‘layers’ are needed to achieve a finished day-time look (skincare, make up base, UV protection, BBs or foundations, concealers), more than one step of cleansing is needed to truly remove everything.


WHY IS DOUBLE CLEANSING IMPORTANT?

The important question. Simply put, oil and water don’t mix and you need both to gently and thoroughly draw out and remove both the oil and water-based impurities that build up naturally on your face throughout the day. 
Did you know makeup and sunscreen residue could cause bacterial infections and even lead to discolouration? And excess sebum can lead to congested pores as the sebum is like a glue trap for pollutants. Enter the oil-based cleanser that will draw out these impurities. Sweat and dirt can also cling to the skin, especially deep in the pores, and a water-based cleanser is key in casting out these impurities.
Skin that isn’t properly cleansed can be the root of many skincare woes. Everything from acne to discolouration to serums not working well to slow skin turnover to enlarged pores to excessive dryness. Let’s do ourselves a favour and get this incredibly foundational skincare step right.


How do you get the double cleanse right for your skin type?

First, every skin type would benefit from the double cleanse tremendously, including oily or acne-prone or sensitive skin types. In fact, oily skin types will benefit significantly from using an oil-based cleanser first because it will gently remove excess sebum without stripping your face dry to go into overcompensation mode (read: more excess oil production).  
So, how do you find the right oil-based cleanser and water-based cleanser that works for you? Your best bet is to take a careful look through the ingredients as not all cleansers are created equal. Needless to say, stay away from ingredients that you’re allergic to. Avoid heavy artificial fragrances as that can be irritating on the skin. It’s also best to avoid super alkaline face washes that will disrupt your skin’s natural acid mantle (a thin viscous fluid that sits atop the skin that protects it); in other words, cleansers that will nourish the skin while cleansing it versus stripping it of all its natural oils. 


In Seoul and Tokyo, the double cleansing method was hands-down the key part of their skincare regimen that had the most profound results in helping to achieve healthy, radiant skin. And of course people from the West are catching up with this practice for the past few years now. To summarise everything I’ve said… The core philosophy behind Double Cleansing is this: stubborn impurities like heavy makeup (even light makeup, if worn every day), sunscreen and toxins from environmental pollution work their way into the pores in such a way that they often aren’t thoroughly removed with a quick 10-second scrub each night, not to mention a swipe with a cleansing cloth. When left on the skin, even in tiny amounts, those impurities can lead to premature signs of aging: wrinkles, dullness, etc. Cleansing twice gives you the ability to get your skin really clean. The first cleanse is all about clearing all that junk off of the surface of the skin, and the second cleanse is all about thoroughly, deeply cleansing. Plus, let’s not forget that clean skin is better able to absorb serums and moisturisers, making your skincare routine all around more-effective.


What is your cleansing routine line? Have you tried double cleansing? Have you seen results?


Love and Light,



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