The Double Cleansing Method For Oily Skin
There’s no denying our love for all things Korean beauty—from innovative products (shout out to cushion compacts!) to trendy techniques, we simply can’t get enough. And one of our favorite techniques 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. Sounds great, right? It totally is—except for one small downside: many of us have concerns about oil cleansers (especially those of us with oily skin) and aren’t as ecstatic about trying it. But, what if we told you that you may actually be able to help remove dirt and excess oil on your skin’s surface by cleansing with products formulated with—you guessed it—oil? See for yourself in our step-by-step guide to double cleansing for oily skin, ahead.
WHAT TO USE:
To double cleanse oily skin, you’ll need two different types of cleansing products: an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser. Not sure which products to try? We share a few of our favorites—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—here:
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil: Your search for a soothing oil cleanser than can cleanse your complexion and remove makeup ends here. Gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, The Body Shop’s Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil can not only cleanse the skin of pesky—read: pore-clogging—dirt and debris, it can refresh the skin and leave it feeling soft, smooth, and clean.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil: 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.
Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Micellar Oil: 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.
Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil: 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.
Garnier Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel: 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.
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash: The Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash by Kiehl’s is a gel formula that 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.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser: Formulated with the brand’s Community Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya, this oily skin cleanser can gently cleanse the skin of pore-clogging dirt and debris.
Decléor Brightening Cleansing Foam: Decléor’s Brightening Cleansing Foam can help remove traces of makeup and impurities and promote a more radiant-looking complexion.
STEP ONE: 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.
When it comes to cleansing oily skin with an oil-based cleanser, there is one important factor to keep in mind: 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.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to cleanse! 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 facewith 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 TWO: WATER-BASED CLEANSER
As we previously mentioned, 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.