What is double cleansing and how to?

Did you know that If you have strong makeup or sunscreen and your regular cleanser isn’t cutting it, then yes, double cleansing will help remove them and keep your pores clear.

Double cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice. First, with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser. It can help remove really stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin, a must to prevent blackheads.

Double cleansing is a popular Korean beauty method that removes every last bit of dirt and makeup from your face.

Double cleansing will ensure a radiant complexion, so that while you sleep your skin is able to effectively regenerate. Anis, the founder and CEO of I’m Fabulous Cosmetics, tells, This two step process makes sure you are getting every last stitch of makeup or sunscreen and pollution residue off your face at the end of the day. Anis uses the I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Blue Tansy oil gel face cleanser and follow with the I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Luxe Cleanser each morning and night.

Double cleansing allows you avoid both, since it calls for gentler products and a more intentional approach.


First, take your oil-based organic cleanser and work it into your skin; you can also use a  reusable microfiber pad or towel designed towel. For eye makeup specifically, Anis, says to place the pad over your eyes with warm water for 15 to 20 seconds to break down the products for easy removal. Then, wash your first cleanse away with lukewarm water before going back in with your second cleanser, which should either be foam or gel-based. Anis, says to massage the cleanser gently into your face in a circular motion. Finally, rinse off the second cleanser and gently pat your face dry.

It’s vital to cleanse skin twice a day, double cleansing is only recommended at night, as that’s when your skin will have accumulated the most impurities and dirt. It’s also when you have most time available for yourself, and leaves skin ready to regenerate while you sleep.

The skin’s metabolic rate increases at night (while the body’s own metabolic rate decreases).

What this means: skin cells turn over more quickly at night and production of new cells increases. This, I found, is a perfect time to enhance cell turnover and take advantage of this process with alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid (derived from milk) and retinol Enhancing cell turnover can result in smoother, more even-toned, and more radiant skin.

There is a peak time for skin cell renewal.

This topic of “getting your beauty sleep” has so much history in both culture and science. There is a truth to this saying.  Between the hours of 11pm-midnight, the process of cell mitosis of the skin is at its peak.  Cell mitosis is the cell division that occurs in order to renew and repair skin – whether you’re asleep or not. When you tuck yourself in at night, it’s pretty likely you’re also tucking yourself in with dead skin cells you’ve shed while sleeping.

Whatever your skin type, you can include double cleansing daily to your beauty ritual. But remember to choose the right skincare products according to your skin needs.