Double Cleansing = Luminous Glow, Episode 206

Double Cleansing = Luminous Glow

We have all been there…you wash your face thoroughly yet you still find make up on your skin. Or your power-packed face oils, serums and creams just are not working for you as well as they work for your best friend.

Why? Because one wash just is not enough. If you wear make-up daily or live in an area with pollution or sweat from a daily work-out or have any other reason for build-up on skin, you need to cleanse your face deeply.

This is where a practice called “Double Cleansing” is an invaluable tool in your skincare routine. In this 7 Day Glow Podcast episode we are giving all the details you need to find success with Double Cleansing.

Removing debris (think make-up, sunscreen, product build-up, pollution, sweat) is essential to clearing your pores and paving the way for your face oils, serums, and cremes to sink in deeply and effectively.

In our last episode, episode 205 of the 7 Day Glow Podcast, we dove into cleansing. In this episode we are taking things one step further with a cleansing routine called “Double Cleansing”.

If you do not wash your face thoroughly enough you block the path for all the fabulous goodness of your serums and moisturizers. They just cannot do their job well if you do not first wash well.

The process of double cleansing in the evening can solve the issue of makeup and excess debris. Double cleansing involves a first cleanse to loosen dirt and remove make-up, then a second cleanse to deeply clean pores.

Double Cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – washing your face twice in a row. The first cleanse is to gently dissolve make-up, debris, and impurities. The second wash is to sweep them all away and purify pores. Double cleansing prepares your face to receive all the amazing nutrients in your face oils, cremes, and serums so that you get the most bang for your buck.

Now you may ask, can I just wash my face twice?

No. It’s not that simple. Pairing the wrong cleansers can result in drying or even damaging skin's mantle as some cleansers and make-up wipes can be very harsh.

Make sure you have products paired specifically for double cleansing. For the right results pair a pre-cleanse or oil-based cleanser with a cleanser that works for your skin type or you may find a full-service oil based cleanser, such as 7 Day Glow’s CLARIFY Cleanser will work for both pre cleansing and cleansing. 

A well-formulated oil-based cleanser or pre-cleansing oil will sweep away make-up and dissolve debris and excess oil gently without stripping skin. Avoid cleansers made with petroleum, which can clog pores.

The Double Cleansing Protocol is fairly straightforward. Double cleansing should happen at night, before bed, as that is when you have the most makeup and debris to remove from skin. You do not need to double cleanse in the morning.

  1. Pump a few drops of oil-based cleanser onto fingertips.
  2. Massage onto DRY skin. Massage gently, paying special attention to problem areas, large pores, and where any build-up may occur. Pre-cleansing works to dissolve impurities and make-up.
  3. Pump a small amount of your cleanser of choice onto fingertips.
  4. Layer cleanser over your face. DO NOT rinse off the pre-cleanser before applying your second cleanser! You are combining them.
  5. Massage a few moments more, just until you are sure you’ve dissolved any make-up, sunscreen, and impurities.
  6. Wipe away with a warm wet washcloth.
  7. Follow up with your regular regimen of face oil, serum, and moisturizer.

If layering your cleansing steps does not give you the results you want, try separate applications. In this case you would pre cleanse to remove makeup and impurities. Rinse. Then apply your second cleanser and wash as you usually would.

Your eyes have special needs. To Remove Eye Make-Up:

  1. Apply oil-based cleanser to the eye area using a 100% cotton pad (avoid synthetic pads as they can cause break-outs). Work gently, sweeping from the outer area of eye inward to avoid pulling on the tender eye area.
  2. Rinse well or wipe away with warm wet washcloth.
  3. Follow a second time using the same protocol with your second cleanser if you find more cleansing is needed to remove stubborn eye make-up.

Follow your double cleanse with your normal skincare routine. You should find that your face oil, serums, and creams actually work better after using the double cleanse.

Thoroughly cleansing your skin is the base to a beautiful, luminous glow but it is not needed every single day and some skin types may find double cleansing too much.

As a rule of thumb, I recommend if you have acne prone skin or very oily skin, then you may find a double cleanse helpful even if you are not wearing make-up. In this case the double cleanse would help to reduce excess sebum while still helping balance oily skin through the use of a healthy cleansing oil.

If your skin tends to be dry then double cleansing is not necessary unless you are wearing makeup. In this case you are double cleansing to remove makeup and daily debris from your face so that your second cleanse can truly clean your pores rather than just wipe makeup off.

It can be really frustrating when nothing seems to be helping your skin. Those are the times when going a step further really makes a big difference. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you are walking away from this episode with a more thorough understanding of double cleansing including what it is, why it is needed, who should use it, and when you should double cleanse. 

Join me next week as we move on to moisturizers. Until then, keep on Glowing!


I'm Alyssa Van Doorn.

I am the natural skincare formulator, biologist, certified clinical aromatherapist, and obsessed self-care advocate who founded 7 Day Glow's holistic, simple skincare approach. I'm on a mission to empower women with the tools they need to find and maintain their Glow simply and with confidence.

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