It seems obvious, but cleansing is one of the most essential steps in skincare. Irritants like foundation and other makeup products, dust and pollution from the air, and natural oils build up in our skin every day. New skin cells are also always being produced right under your nose, and the dead cells can create their own issues. All of these must be removed in order to prevent blackheads and acne to facilitate dewy, glowing skin.
Ridding oneself of the day’s dirt can instill a sense of freedom and self-control. Doctors can analyze your skin with more precision via specialty cameras that can reveal what is not visible to the naked eye. They are most helpful to find problems lodged deep inside your pores that a simple surface wash cannot fix.
These are the reasons a double cleanse is so important. You have likely had one if you had a professional facial, but we wanted to investigate how to have a spa-quality lather at home. We consulted Ryan Christopher, the global director of education for Cosmedix; Tanuj Nakra, MD, who co-founded AVYA Skincare; as well as board-certified dermatologist Craig Kraffert, MD, for their advice. They were able to give tips on how to get a thorough wash through the process of double cleansing in the comfort of your own home.
First things first, according to Christopher: “Start with an oil cleanser, like Cosmedix Purity Solution, and massage it over your face for at least one minute. Do not add water. Oils will quickly break down the layers of makeup and even mix with the deeper oil production in your skin to loosen it as well. This is where blackhead prevention begins. For eye and lip makeup saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing oil and wipe the eye area until the makeup is completely gone. After massaging the face for at least one minute add water and cleanse again. Oil and water repel each other so now you are actually lifting all of that makeup, dirt, and debris from your skin. After another minute of quick cleansing movements, remove everything with a cloth.”
Christopher recommends Cosmedix Purity Clean for the next step in your double cleanse. “This is an exfoliating cleanser that uses gentle lactic acid to loosen that top layer of dead skin to help reveal a bright and smooth complexion along with loosening blackheads. If you had used this cleanser by itself, it would successfully remove your makeup, but it would have little to no effect on treating your skin.
When used on clean skin, the ingredients are able to dive deeper and work harder to give your skin the squeaky-clean feeling it deserves. This cleanse should last about one minute, and you can mix it with water to successfully whip up a cleansing lather. You might even feel a little tingle from the lactic acid, and that’s a good sign that it’s working!”
When considering the frequency of facial treatments, know your skin’s sensitivities. “[Double cleansing] once or twice a week is just right for most people,” says Nakra, or else risk stripping your skin of natural oils on the daily. He recommends seeking out separate oil-based and water-based cleansers.
“This way, you can select each product for your skin and personal preferences. Both Dermatologica's PreCleanse Balm and the Klavuu Pearlsation Cleansing Oil marry beautifully with the water-based AVYA Skincare Gentle Cleanser,” Nakra adds.
Kraffert even has a suggestion for a foam cleanser that may do just the trick for your clogged pores: “I use Amarte Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam for a deep cleanse without residual dryness or tightness. It’s made with key ingredients: purified nano-sulfur, hyaluronic acid and allantoin, to refresh and pamper all skin types including oily and acne-prone. Once my skin is ‘clean,’ I frequently exfoliate with Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder, a powder formula plant seed-based polishing cleanser that removes dry, dull skin to reveal the smooth, radiant face beneath. It contains two-nanometer diameter pure sulfur particles, gentle enough for daily use. The beauty of this two-step regimen is that both the Foam and ExfoliPowder cleanse, and adding the gentle but thorough exfoliation to the second step provides an incredibly clean, soft, moist, and smooth skin surface.”
“After a successful double cleanse, you can layer on your serums and moisturizer,” Kaffert explains. “You might even notice that they work a little better for you now that they can actually get into your skin instead of having to fight through all of those layers!”