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How to Double Cleanse Oily Skin

Skin Care Essentials

How to Double Cleanse Oily Skin How to Double Cleanse Oily Skin How to Double Cleanse Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, have you ever felt like cleansing your complexion once just wasn’t enough to get rid of all the excess oil, dirt, and grime on the surface of your skin? Well, allow us to introduce you to double cleansing, a popular skin care trend. Double cleansing involves first using a no-rinse cleansing option such as micellar water or towelettes, then following up with a rinse-off cleanser. Below, we share our favorite products for double cleansing oily skin along with step-by-step instructions for using them as part of your skin care routine.


Ready to double cleanse? To double cleanse oily skin, you’ll want to begin with a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water and follow up with a separate rinse-off cleanser. Try the following combination:

Product Pick #1: Micellar water

Micellar water is a no-rinse cleansing option that is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin removes makeup, cleanses skin of dirt and oils, and purifies and mattifies.

Product Pick #2: Clay cleanser

For your rinse-off cleanser, consider one formulated with clay. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser is formulated to seamlessly transform from a clay consistency to a mousse and remove everyday impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying. Formulated with three types of clay and eucalyptus, this clay cleanser purifies the surface of your skin of dirt, oil, and pollution, leaving your complexion with a matte finish.


Now that you know what types of cleansers you should use to double cleanse oily skin, it’s time to put your new knowledge to good use! Follow our tips for adding double cleansing to your skin care routine for oily skin.

Step #1: Start with micellar water

Use your no-rinse cleanser to help rid the surface of your skin of impurities like dirt, excess oils, and makeup. Pour some of the micellar water onto a cotton pad and gently wipe the pad across your face in circular motions. You can also use the micellar water to remove any eye makeup you may be wearing, so go ahead and hold another soaked pad over your closed eyelid for a few seconds, then wipe to say goodbye to waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

Step #2: Follow up with a clay cleanser

After you’re done using micellar water, move on to your rinse-off cleanser. A double cleanse can help remove any remaining impurities from the surface of your skin, which is why you may find it beneficial if you have an oily complexion. To use your clay cleanser, squeeze the cleanser into your hands and massage the cleanser onto damp skin. Once you’re feeling completely clean, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Step 3: Moisturize

Yes, you should use moisturizer—even if you have oily skin. It’s all about finding one that’s formulated for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration with a matte finish. That’s right, you won’t look shiny after applying! Smooth it over your face and neck after double cleansing.


Other than double cleansing, incorporating a face mask into your beauty regimen could be a good idea if you have oily skin. Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask is formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and eucalyptus leaf extract and can help draw out buildup and reduce the appearance of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Use three times a week for best results.

Now that you’ve got your skin care routine in order, check out our article, The 15 Best Makeup Products for Oily Skin | 2018.