The Perks of Double Cleansing

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You read that right: two cleansers really are better than one. The practice of double cleansing has been common in Asia for years, and now stateside, dermatologists are seeing the appeal. Unsure about whether this is right for your beautiful complexion? Read on to find out whyand howyou should be adding a second cleanser to your skincare routine.

“So why should I?”
The short answer: to actually get your skin clean. If you think that happens with a single rinse, think again. Oftentimes, aninitialcleanse will only remove makeup, dead skin cells and dirtnoteven reaching close to the bacteria within the pores. And if it doesnt remove the topical grime, the products that come next in your routineserums, eye creams, moisturizerswont fully absorb.

A double cleanse removes it all. The first cleanser will dissolve makeup, dead skin cells and moisturize the skin, says New York-based dermatologistDr. Janet Prystowsky, M.D. The second cleanser will remove the residual excess of the first cleanser to brighten the skin. You can also be sure you’re completely removing bacteria and dirt deep inside the pores. The use of two cleansers also ensures more time spent massaging the skin and activating blood flowthe natural solution to radiant skin.

“What cleansers should I use?”
Each cleanser performs a different function, so formula is key. The first cleanser should have some oil or creaminess to it to dissolve makeup and debris, says Dr. Prystowsky. Two of our favorites in this cleanser family are Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser($64) and Elemental Herbology Harmonising Cleanse($45).

Next, you want to finish up with something very, very mild. The second cleanser should be gentle, like DoveUltra Caring Gentle Cream Face Cleanser ($15.99)or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($5.49).

However, double cleansing isnt for everyone. Twice the products can be harsh on sensitive skin, so Dr. Prystowsky urges caution. It may dry out the skin or chemicals in the products [can even] aggravate a pre-existing skin condition. This is especially true if exfoliating devices are used.

So go forth

Read more: 6 Steps to Banish Blotchy Skin

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