Why Double Cleanse?
Double cleansing happens in your evening routine. The purpose is to remove makeup and sunscreen and get your skin as clean as possible. If you didn’t wear makeup or sunscreen, you can skip it.
The TL;DR version:
- Remove makeup with micellar water
- Do a first cleanse with an oil soluble cleanser such as an emulsifying balm or oil. Currently I’m liking YOU Skincare’s Cleansing Balm, Badgerface’s Renewing balm, Marble & Milkweed’s beeswax balm, and Banila Clean It Zero is a classic (Reviews coming soon!)
- Remove residue with your favorite liquid cleanser such as CeraVe Foaming Face Wash or CosRx Good Morning Low pH Foaming Cleanser
Makeup Removers Are Worth Their Weight in Gold
Fuck it, I’m moving this entire section to its own blog post.
Double Cleansing: The Only Way to Keep Your White Towels Actually for Real White
After I remove my makeup with a micellar water, I start the traditional Korean double cleanse. The idea is to:
- Do one cleanse with oil to remove all traces of makeup and sunscreen, and then
- Follow up with a normal cleanser to remove any oily residue
I’m a total whore for cleansing balms, so I’m always trying new ones.
- First cleanse: Right now I’m in LOVE with YOU Skincare’s Cleansing Balm. It’s got a great texture, it emulsifies, and it has a bright, refreshing citrus fragrance I look forward to.
- Second cleanse: I follow up with CeraVe Foaming Cleanser. It’s inexpensive and gets the job done without stripping.
After this? No makeup on my white towels; no makeup on my bedsheets. Hell yeah.
Random Tips and Tidbits: Makeup Wipes and Cotton Pads
I see a lot on forums and Twitter that ladies stumbling home late at night after drinking too much rely on makeup wipes before falling into bed. I’ll say for the record that, while I guess they’re better than nothing, I do not like makeup wipes. One, rarely are they saturated with product, so you kind of have to scrub your face with them, and I find that unpleasant. Two, the product itself is never anything to write home about, so this is not for me.
The other thing worth mentioning is that there are a lot of different cotton pads out there at a lot of different price points. I like the large fluffy squares myself: Muji cotton squares are really nice at a good price. The Shiseido cotton pads are expensive, but are my favorite stand-alone product. (My favorite cotton pads can’t be bought separately: they come boxed with the Primera Miracle Seed Essence. SELL THEM SEPARATELY, PRIMERA!)
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