Double cleansing: VITAL TO ANY SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Should you invest in double cleansing? Certainly a skin care tip which is underutilized by the masses and yet practiced and recommended by many dermatologists and estheticians around the world. Although hailed as a Korean beauty trend sure to help with our quest for beautiful skin, washing your face twice can seem daunting at the best of times. Nevertheless, omit this very important step in your skin care routine too frequently and you risk clogged pores resulting in irritation, dryness, blemishes and acne. Undoubtedly, this prevents your skin from renewing itself overnight or absorbing skin care products properly and can result in pigmentation. Read on for the best double cleanse routine suited just for your skin needs.
two step cleansing you do not want to skip
The idea behind double cleansing is brilliant in its simplicity. You start with an oil based cleanser such as ACT BRAND NEW OIL CLEANSER from MIND YOUR BUSINESS SKIN, to remove oil based impurities such as sunscreen, makeup and the overall environmental daily build up.
Oil based cleansers are also very effective at removing sebum. Certainly, an over production of sebum plays a very big part in acne. This concept can feel a little counterintuitive. Take away oil with oil? Nevertheless, oil cleansing suspends sebum so that it can be easily wiped away leaving a hydrated layer behind without changing the pH of the skin. This counterintuitive step can do wonders for prevention of acne.
If you have dry skin you may find that oil based cleansers can leave a little moisture behind and prevent your skin from over drying and becoming overly sensitivity. The squeaky-clean feeling you feel after using foaming cleanser or a bar of soap is actually damaging to your skin. Since taking away the skin’s essential oils dysregulates the skin barrier, it leads to dryness and irritation. Oil-based cleansers have natural emollients that help soothe and hydrate, keeping your skin much less irritated and damaged.
After rinsing away your cleansing oil, move on to your second cleanser. The second cleanser should be water based and contain active ingredients to suit your specific skincare needs. But how do we know what active ingredients are and which are the ones for me? Active ingredients are the ingredients found in skin care products that are scientifically proven to work in addressing the skin concerns the product is meant to target. Hence, this means there are lots of properly performed studies that show the ingredient actually does something beneficial for your skin.
actives for your skin care needs
For acne prone skin one might find that cleansers with BHA such as salicylic acid very effective. Specifically, salicylic acid exfoliates dead skin cells, decreases sebum and works as an anti-inflammatory ingredient which makes it a great choice for those suffering with acne. We recommend the BLEMISH CONTROL BAR from PCA. An effective yet gentle way to combat acne and blemishes.
Individuals struggling with pigmentation and uneven skin color should reach for cleansers containing AHA. Especially effective are glycolic acid, azelaic and kojic acids. PIGMENT BAR from PCA or WISPERING EVE GLYCOLIC CLEANSER from MIND YOUR BUSINESS SKIN are our favorites.
If maintaining hydration is the primary goal then cleansers formulated with gentle ingredients such as green tea and jojoba oil would be ideal to follow an oil cleanser. DAILY CLEANSING BAR from PCA is chock-full of nourishing and calming ingredients which keep skin soft and hydrated.