Why You Should Double Cleanse

Why You Should Double Cleanse

I’ve been hearing the term ‘Double Cleansing’ being thrown around for a couple of months, but I was a little sceptical of how important it really was. I mean, if you’ve already cleansed your face once then why do it again? But after some research I started to really see the benefits, and after noticing that cleansing my skin once still left behind residue that I found on a cotton pad whilst toning, I decided to give it a go myself. I’ve only been double-cleansing for a few weeks now, but I can already see my skin improving! So let’s get on to the details.

What is it?

Double cleansing is a relatively new (to me at least) skincare technique which involves cleansing your skin twice before moving on with the rest of your skincare routine. Typically you use an oil-based cleanser first to remove makeup and sebum, then go in with a water-based cleanser to actually clean the skin. The double cleansing technique ensures that you are cleansing way down deep into your pores as opposed to only removing your layer of makeup.

What are the benefits?

Constant use of this technique will make your skin clearer and brighter, as well as less prone to breakouts, as you are removing all your makeup first and then cleansing deeper into the skin. Plus, double cleansing softens the skin, allowing serums and moisturisers to be absorbed easier and work better.

How do I do it?

Double cleansing only needs to be done in the evening, so you don’t have to worry about your morning routine becoming even longer! For the first step I like to use either my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish or just simple coconut oil to melt away and remove my makeup, using a warm, damp muslin cloth to wipe off the product. I then either use my Bioré Charcoal Cleanser on my No7 Face Brush to really cleanse deep into my pores or a gentle milk cleanser (I use the L’Oréal Skin Perfection Milk Cleanser) to remove any excess oil and make sure my skin is as clean as possible. I only use my No7 Face Brush every other day as exfoliating daily irritates my skin, however if you aren’t particularly sensitive then you can do this daily for amazingly clean skin.

Although there have been days when I could only be bothered to cleanse once (give me a break, I’m only human!), I have been double cleansing the majority of the time and I have seen a vast improvement in my skin, almost immediately! I would definitely recommend giving double cleansing a try if you haven’t already, it’s a pretty simple extra step to add to your skincare routine, and your skin will definitely thank you for it.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments if you plan on trying double cleansing, or if you’ve been doing this for years and I’m just super behind the times! See you next time!



  1. November 6, 2016 / 8:05 PM

    I’ve been really looking into skincare & this helps

    Courteney XO

  2. Robyn
    November 6, 2016 / 8:06 PM

    I’ve never heard of this technique before! But this will definitley be something I look into. Thanks for sharing! <3
    Robyn// http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  3. November 6, 2016 / 8:07 PM

    As much as I’d love to have clear skin, I think I’m far too lazy to double cleanse all the time! I might have to try force myself into it!


    • November 7, 2016 / 3:56 PM

      Haha I know what you mean! It’s not too bad when you get into a routine though! X

  4. Abigail
    November 6, 2016 / 8:10 PM

    I have only recently heard of this and having bad skin I’ve decided to order stuff and test it out. I didn’t know a lot about it until I read this!


  5. November 6, 2016 / 8:11 PM

    I always double cleanse it makes a massive difference! Such a good read. X

  6. November 6, 2016 / 8:12 PM

    I’ve been double cleansing for a while now and my skin has improved so much, especially after a day wearing a full face of makeup!

  7. November 6, 2016 / 8:18 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. It really saved my skin doing this. People should be more aware of it.

  8. November 6, 2016 / 8:19 PM

    I enjoy double cleansing, it makes my face feel so clean! Although I just done it, I didn’t know it was a a thing ahaha Great post xox

    • November 7, 2016 / 3:54 PM

      Haha, I think a lot of people are doing it without realising! Thanks for reading! X

  9. November 6, 2016 / 8:22 PM

    Oh wow, these are some great tips. I don’t cleanse as much as I should so I’m definitely going to start doing so!??

  10. November 6, 2016 / 8:23 PM

    I’ve only done it a few times, but I agree it does make the world of difference! My skin always feels great after it but I’m just so lazy to cleanse twice!

    Lisa | http://www.fairlyrosy.com

    • November 7, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      I know what you mean, but the results are definitely worth it! Thanks for reading! X

  11. November 6, 2016 / 8:26 PM

    I need to do this! When applying cream onto a cotton pad after removing my layer of make up, I still have foundation on my skin and never understand why! Thank you for sharing this post.

    – Andreia x (http://www.andreiaprietox.co.uk/)

    • November 7, 2016 / 3:52 PM

      That’s exactly what used to happen to me! Thanks for reading! X

  12. November 6, 2016 / 8:29 PM

    Enjoyed this post, I love trying new skincare things so I’ll definitely be trying this out.

  13. November 6, 2016 / 8:39 PM

    I actually realized I’d been double cleansing all this time, and it’s definitely left my skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom! Awesome post though, it’s definitely something everyone needs to do more of!

    • November 7, 2016 / 3:51 PM

      Yeah it’s awesome isn’t it? I know, I’m surprised how little it’s talked about!

  14. Molly
    November 6, 2016 / 8:41 PM

    I had never heard of this technique before reading your post and I found it very informative! Any advice for how I can have cleaner skin catches my attention!

  15. November 6, 2016 / 8:42 PM

    This is an interesting concept, being a guy I have never heard about this, won’t be using it but its still helpful to read.

  16. November 7, 2016 / 11:17 PM

    This was super informative! I’m definitely going to give double cleansing a try, my skin probably needs it haha! ?


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