Greetings, Fellowers! As the Fellows sisters are re-focusing their attention on this blog, I’m re-focusing my attention on being a great honorary Fellows sister, and helping with some guest blogging. I wanted to kick off this recommitment with my favorite new obsession: double cleansing.
This is a totally new concept to me, introduced by The Skincare Connection Facebook group. This group has a total ban on MLMs (multi-level marketing products), coconut oil (which is horrible for your skin, as it clogs pores), and physical exfoliants (like St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which I used to love, but have since learned is super damaging to delicate facial skin).
TBH, I was in the group for a month, reading about double cleansing and rolling my eyes before I decided to give it a go. Double cleansing is using an oil or balm, followed by a traditional facial cleanser, for a deeper clean. Like, who the heck really needs to clean their face twice? That’s ridiculous.
Then I read a post in the group talking about how during the oil cleanse, a person could feel grit coming from her pores. Turns out, the grit was sebaceous filaments emptying out. Sebaceous filaments are a lot like blackheads, but don’t respond to pore cleansing strips. After reading up, I felt like maybe that was an issue I had, and maybe I should give it a try.
I’ve been double cleansing for a little less than a month, and I can’t BELIEVE the change to skin. My pores are smaller, my skin is smoother, rainbows and unicorns shine from my eyes. I’m getting AMAZING results.
I do double cleansing as a part of my PM routine. It clears my pores of sunscreen, sweat, make-up and whatever other junk collects on my face before I go to bed. Here’s what I do:
- Using an oil or balm (I use Dermalogica Precleanse Balm), apply the product to dry skin with your fingertips or silicone applicator. Rub it in circularly, with light pressure, for about 60 seconds. This is something to take your time with and do it right. Don’t be like my kids brushing their teeth, and call it clean as soon at the toothpaste makes contact with your mouth. Massage it in thoroughly.
- Add water to emulsify the product. Massage for an additional 60 seconds.
- If needed, apply an additional eye make-up remover. I rarely need this step, because I use a nourishing mascara underneath my waterproof mascara, which makes removal ten times easier while still providing staying power.
- Rinse your face. I personally HATE the feeling of having water run down my forearms, pooling and dripping off my elbows. So I prefer to either use a warm washcloth, and hold it against my face for moment before gently patting away the oil, or use my Face Halo to remove the product. The Face Halo is pretty much the most perfect skincare tool ever, so I tend to lean more towards using that. Simply add water, and swipe it all away.
- Use your favorite gel, foaming or gentle cleanser. I’m currently hooked on Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Cleanser, but I also like La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser and Clean & Clear’s Foaming Facial Cleanser. My husband has super acne-prone skin, and he loves Purpose.
There’s been such a noticeable improvement in my skin that my husband is ready to jump onto the double cleansing wagon. That’s saying something, because I already have a complexion that is pretty clear and smooth.
If you’re interested in introducing the glory of double cleansing into your skincare regimen, here are some oil or balm cleansers that I’ve researched and seen great things about:
$$$$ Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
$$$$ Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
$$$ Dermalogica Precleanse
$$$ Banila Co Clean It Zero
$$ Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Hydrating Cleansing Oil
$$ Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil
$ Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser