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Double cleansing: what is it and do I need to do it?

Double cleansing: what is it and do I need to do it?

Unsure what double cleansing is? It is simply the process of cleansing twice, using two types of cleansers that each have different uses and benefits. The first cleanse uses an oil, balm, or micellar water (such as the Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm and Holifrog's Kissmmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash) to remove all traces of makeup, SPF, sweat and grime that can build up over the day.

The second cleanse is a deeper, water-based cleanse (such as the Pestle & Mortar Renew Gel Cleanser and Holifrog's Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash) that gently exfoliates and polishes skin. This step can be targeted to your specific skincare needs, for example hydration or blemish-fighting.  

Double cleansing has multiple benefits. The environmental pollutants and airborne bacteria that you encounter throughout the day can contribute to fine lines, uneven skin tone, and blemishes if they are not fully washed off. This means that you are giving your skin an optimal opportunity for cell turnover and regeneration. Furthermore, the deep and total cleanse from the two-step double process leaves the skin fully prepped to absorb the active ingredients in your next layer of serums, creams and toners, allowing them to work more efficiently.  



Double cleansing is recommended only for the evening, when you actually have dirt and makeup from the day to wash off. Avoiding a double cleanse in the morning ensures that you are not altering the natural balance of oils that occurs while your skin is repairing and regenerating overnight.



It depends on your lifestyle and your skin. The two-step process is especially encouraged if you live in a large city and are exposed to high levels of pollution in your daily life, or if you are a person who wears a lot of makeup.

Do you have any more questions about double cleansing? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!