January 10, 2017

How to Double Cleanse Without Stripping Your Skin

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Have you tried to double cleanse your face but feel like it strips or dries your face out when doing so? I have drier skin and I think double cleansing can be a truly fantastic way to get all the makeup, dirt, and other grime from your face easily. But as the Winter gets colder I tend to avoid double cleansing because I feel it strips and dries my skin out further. The idea of double cleansing is to remove all traces of makeup and to follow up and hydrate your skin well with the rest of your skincare routine. So, whatever was stripped during the cleansing process will be replenished by following up with proper skincare.

This works in most cases. Your first cleanse typically involves an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and oil. Cleansing oils are great for removing makeup easily. If you have drier skin I recommend Farmacy Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil because it doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or tight after use. I’d also recommend a cleansing balm for the initial removal process. For this I’d recommend Farmacy’s new Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm which I’m actually liking a lot more than my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm at the moment. The second step in your double cleanse takes place with a foaming cleanser or facial wash which removes dirt, bacteria, and any left over makeup that your cleansing oil may not have caught. For my second step, I like using a foaming collagen wash like Kanebo Naive Deep Cleansing Foam Peach (Review).

Unfortunately, as the colder weather sets in I find double cleansing can be a little harsher on my drier skin.

So, here’s how to double cleanse without stripping your skin!

You likely already do this but if you don’t here’s a great way to get that second double cleanse in without drying your skin out. After using your normal cleansing balm or oil you can follow up with a micellar water after trying your face. Micellar waters have a very gentle formula that won’t strip skin of essentials oils nor will they leave your skin feeling tight after using them. They’ll act to remove any excess oil, makeup, dirt, or grime that you cleansing oil or balm maybe have left behind.

Dry your face well after cleansing your skin, saturate a large cotton pad with micellar water, and swipe it across your face several times.

The water acts like a magnet to remove anything your cleanser left behind without stripping your skin or drying it out. I’d recommend Bioderma Sensibio H2O (Review) for the job because it truly is one of the better micellar waters I’ve had the pleasure of using!

Easy and simple!

How you double cleanse without stripping your skin?

Do share your skincare secrets!


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  • Kimmwc03

    I use makeup wipes with my regular cleanser to double-cleanse. But I may need to go back to micellar waters.

  • Moda31

    The best double cleanse routine that I’ve found is actually to do it somewhat backwards, I cleanse with the April Skin magic soap bar first, and follow up with the Emma Hardie cleansing balm. Then I go in with my toner, an oil, and medium weight moisturizer. Zero dryness.

    • Isabella Muse

      Interesting. I’ve never done it in reverse before. I’m going to try that!

  • Risa

    i have horribly dry skin as well. The first is to find a cleansing oil that is not drying, because many are, ironically. I like the one that leave a bit of film, or doesnt feel extremely clean afterward. Second I follow up with a mild non-forming cleanser, usually lotion or gel. They are usually gentle but to increase their cleansing power, I use a konjac sponge with it. It also serve as mild physical exfoliation for those flaky skin I have.

    and Lactic acid. It is my savior through the drier, winter month. Exfoliate, soften and hydrate all at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      I noticed this myself and I’ve been searching for better formulas that aren’t as drying! Excellent routine Risa ๐Ÿ˜€

    • ChynnaBlue

      This is such a good point, Risa! I was shocked at how much some of the cleansing oils and balms stripped my skin. Strangely, it seemed like the more expensive the cleansing oil/balm, the more drying it was. Tatcha and Eve Lom were the worst for me. (At least my bank account was happy that I’ll never buy those again. )

      I don’t double-cleanse because I’m lazy. I use oil and my Clarisonic brush to get everything off.

  • Sammy

    I’m not sure if this would qualify as double-cleansing or not, but during the Fall/Winter months I use Pixi’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm and then I spritz my face down with Andalou 1000 Roses Toner. I don’t wipe the spray off though. I moisturize with Rosehip Seed Oil and if it’s really cold/dry I’ll slap on 100% shea nut butter. Amazingly enough that stuff never breaks me out, and even though I suffer from dry, itchy skin I can be prone to break- outs with many products.

  • Bonnie

    Speaking of double-cleansing–are you planning on reviewing the Caroline Hirons for Pixi double-cleanser, Muse?

  • stephanie

    I always double cleanse and I never use any foaming cleansers! Nothing with sulfates in it, they are too drying and I don’t even have dry skin!

  • Jes

    I use a touch of a low ph cleanser on a konjac sponge. I like clean it zero’s sensitive skin cleansing balm as well. I feel like I buy and trash cleansing balms like crazy these days. Everyone has a new one, and many are just not that good, like cleansing waters.

    I’m going to try your method tonight!

  • Brandy

    I also just use a makeup remover wipe as my first step and then follow up with a gentle non foaming gel cleanser and aloe vera toner. I exfoliate with a gentle scrub a few times a week as well. I’ve tried AHA and BHA exfoliants before but they make my face red with a slight burning sensation.

  • varya

    In the summer I like Erborian’s Double Mousse as the second cleanse. But in the winter I only cleanse with milks,oils or balms as first and second cleanse. Basically first something to remove the makeup and then something to treat myself. I follow this up with a double application of Avene spray and then serum,and moisturizer. My skin is dry and very sensitive, but as I’ve learned what it can’t tolerate, pretty problem free. In truth,I’ve more skincare products than I need but eventually I slather them on one way or another. (something I can’t say about makeup,btw…too much gets tossed ‘cuz oooooooooold)
    ps_hope you feel 100% soon.

  • Erika

    I use Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil and whatever facial cleanser I have for double cleansing.

  • Diana

    I usually use a makeup remover wipe & then wash w a face wash. Does that count as a double-cleanse? I’ve honestly always been confused by micellar waters. I can’t imagine only using them–it can’t possibly result in “clean” skin. So then what purpose do they serve? They’re not makeup removers, or soaps. And they’re not as pure as water. Would I use them AFTER washing my face but before the rest of my skincare? Am I completely missing the point? Help!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Micellar waters are used to exclusively to remove all makeup from skin. Most people rely on them solely as a cleanser because they are gentle and clean without stripping. You can def get all your makeup off with the right micellar water formula. I just tend to use them as a double cleanse product so, I follow up with them after washing my face to remove anything my cleanser might have missed. But you can indeed use them as your sole method of makeup application. Hope this helps! You might want to read this article for more info: https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2015/02/micellar-water.html

  • Codename Duchess

    My double cleanse method would probably horrify a lot of people, but it works really well for me! I use regular oil (currently, a blend of grapeseed, olive and jojoba oils that I also use for my nails and cuticles) to remove my eye makeup makeup, tissue it off, and then wipe my face down with micellar water (Simple brand is my favorite. Some others leave a residue). I do not rinse my face, and I do not follow up with a foaming cleanser. I’ve been doing this for at least two years and my complexion is bright and clear. My pores are never clogged and the only zits I get are the occasional small one that pops up on my chin or jawline the week before my period. It’s even made my skin less oily (I have a Combo skintype).