April 30, 2014

Beauty Discourse: Double Cleansing

      Some women can't wait to get into PJs after a long day, but I will fully admit that I look forward more to taking off my makeup. I am slightly OCD when it comes to making sure all trace of makeup is gone because number one - I have white pillow cases, and number two - I have sensitive acne prone skin. My process of taking off makeup/cleansing always has at least two steps (sometimes three steps depending on what my skin condition is at that moment) but "double cleansing" in order to ensure complete makeup removal is not something I invented. I'm not certain of the origins of double cleansing, but some sources say it was first practiced by the Japanese.

      So what is "double cleansing"? It is exactly what it sounds like - you cleanse twice. The first cleanser used is a cleansing oil that is supposed to lift off the majority of your makeup, while the second cleanser is a foaming cleanser that ensures all trace of makeup & dirt is gone.
      There is somewhat of a process to double cleansing, and the most well-known method is the "424 method" (to which Korean kpop star Suzy religiously adheres to). The 424 method is: 4 minutes cleansing with an oil, rinse off, 2 minutes cleansing with a foaming cleanser, and then rinse off for 4 minutes graduating from warm to cold water in order to close your pores. Also if you noticed, the whole process takes 10 minutes. I'll admit that I don't time myself on each step, but I try to give each cleanser at least 1-2 minutes face time and I do rinse off going from warm to cold water for about another minute or two. How often do I double cleanse? Not everyday since I have sensitive skin and I can tell it really deep cleans my face, but I do it around 3-4 times a week.

      Want to try out double cleansing? Below are some pairings! All the cleansing oils listed below are free from mineral oil! Click through the images for the links to purchase.

For Oily Skin
DHC Cleansing OilDesert Essence Thoroughly Clean Facial Cleanser


For Combination/Normal Skin
MAC Cleanse Off Oil


For Dry Skin

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing OilCerave Hydrating Cleanser


For Sensitive & Acne Prone Skin

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing OilPaula's Choice Earth Sourced Gel Cleanser


For Organic Lovers
(this is my double cleansing couple!)

Michael Todd Honey & Oat Cleanser

Happy cleansing!

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