The Double Cleansing Method You MUST Try for Oily Skin
There’s no denying our love for all things Korean beauty — from innovative products (shout out to sheet masks!) to trendy techniques, we simply can’t get enough. And one of our favorite pickups to date is double cleansing. For those who are new to the K-beauty world, double cleansing is a cleansing method that incorporates the use of both an oil cleanser and a water-based cleanser to help lift away dirt and debris from the surface of your skin. Ahead, we broke down exactly how to master the regimen and rounded up seven cleansers to mix, match and try.
STEP 1: Oil-Based Cleanser
The first step in double cleansing is applying the oil cleanser. Oil-based cleansers can be used to help cleanse oil-based impurities and reveal a cleaner, softer-looking complexion. Before we go over how to cleanse your skin with an oil-based cleanser, let’s discuss an important — and often overlooked — step in cleansing oily skin with an oil-based cleanser: the rinse.
Even though you are following up with a second cleanser, you’ll want to be sure to wash off the oil-based cleanser to avoid any excess oil from building up and causing your skin to look slick and greasy.
To wash your face with an oil-based cleanser, simply apply one pump of cleanser to dry skin and massage in upward circular motions. If you are wearing eye makeup, you may want to try applying the cleanser to a cotton pad to help gently remove any mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow first. After about 30-40 seconds, wet your hands with lukewarm water and continue to massage in upward circular motions for another 30-40 seconds. At this point, you should notice the oil-based cleanser start to emulsify. Next, rinse your face with lukewarm water — don’t forget to rinse a few extra times to ensure that the product is removed — and move onto your water-based cleanser.
STEP 2: Water-Based Cleanser
Water-based cleansers are attracted to water-based impurities and can help lift away dirt and debris that may still be lingering on your complexion after your oil-based cleanse. To cleanse your complexion with a water-based cleanser, simply wet your skin with lukewarm water and lather the cleanser into your palms. Then, apply the lather to your skin and massage in upward circular motions for about 30 seconds. Rinse with lukewarm water and follow up with the rest of your skin-care regimen.
The Best Oil Cleansers to Try
Dissolve makeup and impurities with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. Formulated with an aromatic blend of botanical oils, this lightweight oil cleanser can gently — yet effectively — cleanse your complexion and leave it looking replenished.
If you love micellar water, you’ll love Vichy’s Pureté Thermale Cleansing Micellar Oil. Formulated to dissolve impurities from the skin and remove makeup at the same time, this nourishing oil cleanser can leave your skin looking and feeling soft, smooth, and supple upon rinsing.
If an oil cleanser formulated for oily skin sounds too good to be true, then you must be dreaming because Shu Uemura’s Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil is just that. Made with normal to oily skin types in mind, this fresh formula can wash away excess sebum and other debris for skin that looks ultra smooth and refined.
The Best Water-Based Cleansers to Try
In search of a water-based cleanser that can target oily skin concerns and provide your skin with a deep cleanse? Consider Garnier’s Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel. Formulated with charcoal to help draw out impurities like a magnet, this water-based cleanser is an oily skin must-have.
This gel formula activates with water to create a creamy foaming lather and rinse away dirt and debris. The result? Skin that looks and feels instantly refreshed and revitalized.
This yummy-smelling blueberry cleanser will make your skin feel like you’ve just had the deepest clean with just one use. It’s really gentle, hydrating and will become your new, addicting, daily treat.