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You likely already know that cleansing should be the first step in your skin care routine, morning and night. That’s because cleansing helps rid the surface of your skin of dirt, excess oils, makeup, and other impurities that have built up. But what if you feel like one cleanse just isn’t enough? Then you might want to give double cleansing a try.
Double cleansing is a popular skin care trend that involves first washing your face with a no-rinse cleansing option (like micellar water or towelettes), then following up with a rinse-off cleanser. Cleansing a second time can help remove any remaining impurities that may have been left on the surface of your skin after your first cleanse. Double cleansing may not necessarily be something you have to do every day—but it could be useful if your skin feels like it needs a deeper clean.
Want to get in on the double cleansing fun? Keep reading to learn about our best products to double cleanse with and how to care for your skin once you’re done cleansing.
The first step in your double cleansing routine should be using a no-rinse cleansing option, like micellar water or towelettes. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oils, and makeup up and away from the skin. The best part: There’s no rinsing required! Pick from the following, depending on your skin type and concerns:
The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleaner for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Just saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe the pad across your face and hold it over closed eyes for a few seconds to remove eye makeup.
If you’re more of a towelette kind of gal, try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes, which are formulated to gently exfoliate skin and remove traces of impurities and makeup. All you have to do is wipe a towelette across your face and you’re good to go. Another option: the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes, which are ultra-soft and gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup and mascara (including long-wear formulas).
Now on to part two of your double cleanse. Next up, reach for a rinse-off cleanser formulated for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser are seamlessly formulated to transform from clay to mousse without over-drying the surface of your skin. Simply squeeze your cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse, then gently massage it onto your face and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Once you’re done double cleansing, don’t just call it a day. Applying a moisturizer should be the next step in your skin care routine. Just as you did with choosing a cleanser, look for a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are all formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. After cleansing, don’t immediately reach for your towel. Instead, apply your moisturizer of choice to damp skin, as this can help lock in hydration.
Double cleansing isn’t the only way to upgrade your face washing technique. For more tips on cleansing your skin (such as how to use a cleansing tool), check out our article, 6 Facial Cleanser Hacks for Skin That Looks Clean.