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Do I need to double cleanse?

Do I need to double cleanse?

We are those people that always say to wash your face before bed, no matter how tired you may be after a long day at work or a night on the town with friends. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of waking up the next morning with unclean skin, and your skin won’t thank you for it either.  Ensuring that you double cleanse your skin every night will help the skin to renourish itself overnight whilst also leaving you with squeaky clean skin when it’s time to hit the hay. 

So what is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is really and truly as simple as it sounds. It means thoroughly washing your face with two cleansers. The only catch here though is that the two cleansers must be different to have a good effect on the skin.

The first is usually always an oil-based cleanser like the Superfood Cleansing Balm from Nunaïa. This cleansing balm is a soothing, antioxidant-rich, plant-based product that deeply cleans, lifts impurities and completely removes make-up.

After that you would then follow it up with a water-based one like the Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser . This product is a gentle, mild cleanser enriched with an emollient-rich surfactant and 3% concentration of key ingredients to soften and restore skin’s surface. Using an oil based cleanser first will help to get rid of any makeup or sunscreen on the skin, and the water based cleanser will help to remove sweat and any remaining dirt on the skin. 

Are there benefits to double cleansing? 

One quick wash may seem like the easiest option at the end of the day, but trust us when we say that if you wear a full face of heavy make-up, double cleansing is the best way to ensure your skin is perfectly clean.

Let’s be real for a moment….one round with a face wipe or cleanser will do nothing to fully get rid of any foundation or pollution particles on your skin, and if all of that is left sitting on your skin overnight, you aren't giving your skin cells the best chance at regenerating and rejuvenating which means no plump, youthful complexion for you.

Double cleansing each evening is one of the easiest ways to brighten any dullness you may have on your skin. Your evening cleanse will allow any serums, treatments or over night masks to penetrate and work their magic much more effectively. 

If you’re living it up in the city, double cleansing will be an important part of your daily skincare routine because you are being exposed to very high pollution levels every single day. Although there are no scientific trials that show the anti-ageing benefits of double cleansing just yet, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence out there which states that pollution and environmental toxins can accelerate our aging process. 



If you have acne prone skin, double cleansing will be your new best friend as long as you are using the right cleansers. By double cleansing, you're making sure that the first layer of sebum, make-up, sunscreen and deeper layers of pore bacteria, which can all worsen acne, are completely gotten rid of.  

It’s important when it comes to cleansing that you don’t completely over do it either. If we push the boat out a little too far and over cleanse, it can lead to dryness, sensitivity and irritation. When it comes to choosing a cleanser, try to make sure it’s sulphate-free to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils……another top tip is to avoid rubbing your delicate skin too harshly! 

While we all know our skin should be cleaned twice a day, typically in the morning and evening time - a double cleanse isn't necessary in the morning. If you're staying indoors for the day and away from harsh sunlight, without wearing any SPF or make-up whatsoever, a single cleanse is perfectly fine. We also suggest using a single water-based cleanser in the morning so that it will help prepare your skin to absorb creams and moisturisers better, so that you get the very best out of all your products. 

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