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The Power of Double Cleansing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Glowing Skin

The Power of Double Cleansing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Glowing Skin - SkinShop
If you're not cleansing your face properly, the rest of your skincare routine suffers. Makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and pollution can build up on your skin, blocking pores and preventing your other products from working their magic.
Here at SkinShop.ie we believe double cleansing is the secret weapon for achieving a truly clean, radiant complexion.

What is double cleansing?

Put simply, it's when you cleanse your skin with two cleansers, one after the other, to take your cleansing routine to the next level. While it feels relatively new, skin experts worldwide have been using this technique for decades, especially during facials. This technique is used so the skin is prepped and ready to receive the benefits of the facial.
The first cleanse is to remove surface residue like makeup. Think of it as your universal cleans, it's for everybody and essentially aids the removal of the day’s dirt, including your make-up and SPF.
The second cleanse helps to target specific skin concerns like uneven skin tone, dark spots and dullness.Think of your second cleanse as more personalised to your skin type and skin condition. It allows you to cleanse a bit deeper and help start to address your concerns.
So, it's official.. Double cleansing is basically a no-brainer.

What are the benefits of double cleansing?

Imagine how your skin feels after a single cleanse – velvety soft, smooth in texture and oh-so fresh. Now double it. Not only does a double cleanse make your skin look extra glowy and feel more even, but it’s also left twice as clean. This means it is completely free of things like makeup, oil, sweat, bacteria and SPF. 
And because a cleaner complexion allows your other skincare products and ingredients to penetrate into the skin more efficiently, doing a double cleanse allows your skin to reap the benefits from the inside out too. 

What should you use to double cleanse your skin?

At SkinShop.ie, we have everything you need to get started! Here's a breakdown of the two cleansing steps and some great product recommendations:

First Cleanse: Melt Away the Day's Debris

The first cleanse is crucial for removing makeup, sunscreen, and any buildup of impurities from the day. A gentle oil-based cleanser is ideal for this step, as it effectively dissolves makeup without stripping your skin's natural oils.

Our First Cleanse Picks:

1. Dermalogica PreCleanse:

 This cult-favourite oil cleanser is a superstar for the first cleanse. It gently yet effectively melts away makeup, sunscreen, and daily impurities without disrupting your skin's natural moisture barrier. 

2. Pestle & Mortar Erase Balm Cleanser: 

Prefer a balm cleanser? This gentle option removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin. Packed with nourishing ingredients, it effectively dissolves makeup and sunscreen while leaving your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and protected. Great for dry or sensitive skin types.

3. ASAP Gentle Cleansing Gel: 

Seeking a water-based option? This lightweight, soap-free cleanser is perfect for all skin types, even sensitive. It effectively removes makeup without stripping the skin and leaves it feeling comfortable and refreshed. 

Second Cleanse: Deeper Purification

The first cleanse preps your skin, but the second cleanse goes deeper to remove any leftover residue, impurities, and excess oil. This is where you can target your specific skin concerns.

Our Second Cleanse Picks:

1. Image Skincare Ageless Total Facial Cleanser: 

This cleanser contains glycolic acid for a gentle exfoliation, helping to brighten and smooth the skin.   

2. Obagi CLENZIderm Daily Foaming Cleanser: 

This foaming cleanser with salicylic acid is ideal for oily or acne-prone skin. It helps to control oil and minimise breakouts.

3. Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: 

This cleanser combines AHAs and BHAs for a more powerful exfoliation. It targets dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Common Double Cleansing Myths Debunked!

Ready to experience the glow-boosting benefits of double cleansing? Here are some common myths that might be holding you back:
  • Myth 1: One Cleanse is Enough, Especially Without Makeup. While a single cleanse might be okay for a bare face, it often falls short of removing stubborn makeup and sunscreen residue. Double cleansing ensures a deeper clean, leaving your skin truly refreshed.
  • Myth 2: Makeup Wipes Count as a Cleanse. Unfortunately, makeup wipes are harsh on your skin and don't remove all impurities. Opt for a proper double cleanse for a more thorough and gentle removal of makeup and dirt.
  • Myth 3: Double Cleansing is Only for Nighttime. Do you wear makeup, sunscreen, or sweat during the day? Then double cleansing can benefit you in the morning too! However, depending on your skin type, you might need a gentler second cleanse in the morning.

Bonus Tip: Double Cleansing is for Everyone!

No matter your skin tone, double cleansing can be a great way to remove makeup, SPF, and daily impurities.
Pro Cleansing Hacks:
  • Wash Your Hands First: Clean hands prevent spreading bacteria to your face.
  • Take Your Time: A minute per cleanse allows for a more thorough clean.
  • Skip the Hot Water: Hot water can dry out your skin. Use lukewarm water instead.
    Ready to experience the power of double cleansing? Explore our wide range of cleansing products at SkinShop.ie to find the perfect duo for your skin type.
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