Because life is already hectic on its own, many of us like to cut corners where we can and strive for nice and simple. This is especially true of our beauty routines. Maybe you aren’t cutting corners, per say, but you have found a routine that works for you and fits into your lifestyle so you are hesitant to change it. I for one, have been using the same skincare routine since I began wearing makeup. It was until I became part of the White and Elm team that I changed my regimen (albeit slightly) because I found that the natural ingredients in our products improved the overall look and feel of my skin. Until recently, my nighttime skincare routine was almost haphazard. I say almost because although it didn’t involve much, I understood that removing my makeup is a must. I physically cannot sleep without removing my makeup because then I just stress about the damage my skin is going through -- I promise, I’m not being dramatic! As I have begun to study beauty more and more, I’ve learned that a deep cleanse is never more essential than in the evening and it is much more than removing makeup.
I feel like I’ve said it a million times before, but our skin takes a serious beating throughout the day. If you are a regular reader of our blog posts, you are an expert on how free radicals and airborne pollution is attracted to your skin and you must wash it off or else you’ll break out and yadda yadda. Who wants to go to bed at night and bring all of the dirt from the outside world into perhaps your most sacred part of your house, your bed? Definitely not me! So the best way to end the nonsense and keep your skin radiant and blemish-free? Double cleansing.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that I used micellar water as my double cleanser. I tend to like it best because it is a quick swipe of a cotton pad and I’m good to go. But, for days when I just feel like I need an extra clean, I opt to double cleanse with my deep pore oil cleanser. First and foremost, what is double cleansing? If you are unsure, double cleansing involves using a cleansing oil, balm, or micellar water to break down makeup, SPF, and sebum on the first layer of your skin then following with a deeper-water based cleanse. This is great because it removes the sweat, bacteria, and old skin cells on the surface of your skin then following up with a cleanse that delves deeper into the pores will remove any impurities. When I double cleanse with micellar water, I like to reverse the order. First, I use my foaming face wash to remove the first layer of makeup and grime. Then I go in with the micellar water to pick up everything that might have been missed. This is just the method that works best for me. However, if I use my deep pore oil cleanser to double cleanse, then I will do it first then follow up with my foaming cleanser.
For the first round of cleansing, I wash my face until there isn’t a single trace of makeup visible on my skin. To use the oil cleanser, I massage about a quarter-sized amount onto my slightly damp face until I can really see the makeup dissolving. This usually takes me about 2 minutes to complete. After it has penetrated my pores and lifted the surface grime off my face, I use a warm cloth to gently steam my skin. Once it cools, I wipe everything off. Following this, I massage my foaming cleanser into my face and wash as normal. You might be wondering why I don’t then use my micellar water after the first two steps. Too much of anything is never good, and washing your face too much can be drying and invasive on the skin.
Starting the routine with oil may sound like a great way to clog your pores, but if you are unfamiliar with the oil cleansing method, the theory is that “like attracts like” so the oil you are washing your skin with will attract the excess oil and dirt in your pores. It is a great method for any skin types because it will give people with dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis an extra boost of hydration that your skin needs while it will actually reduce the amount of oil in oily skin. Often times, the skin produces more oil in order to compensate for being dry.
A quick wash and go might seem like the most tempting option at the end of a long day, but is it so important to invest in your skin. If you like to wear a full face of makeup every day or you live a very active (and sweaty) life, double cleansing is the best way to ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed. A quick push of a face wipe will do nothing to properly dislodge pollution and makeup particles. Leaving that to sit on your face overnight will decrease your cells ability to regenerate. Double cleansing brightens dullness and lifts the complexion. This deep cleans will also allow serums, moisturizers, and overnight products to penetrate into the skin and do their job more effectively.
Do you still have questions involving this cleansing method? Be sure to leave us a comment below and we will do our best to help you out!