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Are you looking for a safe cleansing method that cleans and manages your skin issues? Double cleansing may be the solution to all your skin needs.

Recently made popular as a K-Beauty hack, double cleansing involves two cleansers focused on removing dirt, balancing oil and resolving your skin problems. This ensures you no longer end up with dry, irritated skin after a face cleanse. However, the trick is to correctly select your cleansers as per your skin type to get the desired results.

Read on to know more about double cleansing and how to double cleanse each type of skin.

Our Ayurvedic Doctor Speaks

“Ayurveda in its dinacharya description, clearly states primary detoxification with abhyanga oils, followed by udvartana (natural soap-based cleanser) and ending with snana (bathing).”

-Dr. Zeel Gandhi (Bachelor Of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery), Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix

What Is Double Cleansing?

The method of double cleansing involves first cleansing with an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser. In traditional cleansing methods, grease and dirt is scrubbed off using a soap-based cleanser.

Often the process is repeated if desirable results are not achieved in the first go. The end result would however be dry skin that is prone to sensitivity and breakouts.

Soap-based face washes and cleansers contain harsh surfactants, fragrance and paraben-like chemical preservatives that are known to harm your skin. In double cleansing, an oil-based cleanser gently dissolves make-up, dirt, sunscreen and excess sebum without disrupting your skin’s pH balance. When all the dirt and grime are gone, the second step leaves you free to address your skin concerns.

You can choose a mild, herbal, water-based cleanser that suits your skin type and contains natural ingredients that moisturize, brighten, treat acne and prevent skin aging.

“Ayurveda in its dinacharya description, clearly states primary detoxification with abhyanga oils, followed by udvartana (natural soap-based cleanser) and ending with snana (bathing). Skin impurities are best dissolved in oils first, and then cleansed off using water and natural surfactants,” says Dr. Zeel

Removing heavy make-up applied during classical dance and theater with coconut oil, has been an age-old practice in India. Once the make-up was off, the face could easily be washed with soap and water.

What Are The Benefits Of Double Cleansing?

Hydrophilic cleansing oil and foam

  • Helps maintain your skin’s pH balance.
  • Oil-based cleansers containing pure plant oils can repair your skin barrier and reduce skin inflammation [1].
  • Gently removes make-up, pollution, sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells giving you a better cleanse.
  • Keeps your natural microbiome healthy.
  • Addresses specific skin issues.
  • Rejuvenates dull skin.
  • Double cleansing is known to benefit acne-prone skin.
  • Allows better penetration of other skincare products.

How To Do Double Cleansing?

  • Apply a cleansing oil or balm on your face and massage it in a circular motion. These can be used to remove eye make-up as long as they are chemical free.
  • After a minute’s massage, gently wipe off the first cleanser with a wet washcloth or a cotton pad.
  • Next apply a water-based cleanser according to your skin type in the same manner.
  • Rinse off and pat dry.
  • Moisturize once completed.

When it comes to double cleansing, no one size fits all. The cleanser combinations need to be selected according to your skin type. You can visit your Ayurvedic doctor to know about your Prakriti (body constitution) and have a better understanding about the type of skin you have.

Choosing the right ingredients in your cleansers is the key to healthy skin. Below is a complete guide to double cleansing the right way according to your skin type.

1. For Oily Skin

Aloe Vera in a glass jar, slices of lemon and cucumber

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, a vitiated kapha dosha causes excess sebum production, leading to oily skin. This type of skin usually requires careful management. Though the overproduction of sebum clogs your skin pores, over-washing can stimulate your oil glands into producing more oil.

For double cleansing your oily skin, look for the following ingredients in your cleansers. These ingredients help balance sebum secretions on your face, prevent pore clogging and keep your face fresh, hydrated and oil-free all day.

  • Citrus extracts
  • Jojoba oil
  • Aloe vera [2]
  • Tea tree oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Cucumber
  • Rosewater
  • Hibiscus

2. For Dry Skin

An aggravation of vata and pitta doshas can lead to dry skin conditions. Dryness is a key indicator of epidermal barrier damage. This compromises your skin’s ability to hold moisture. Dry skin also affects cell regeneration and wound healing, leading to premature skin aging.

To get back your skin’s suppleness, look for the following ingredients in your double cleansing products. These can replenish lost moisture, slow down skin aging and give your skin a boost of health.

  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Almond oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut cream/ milk
  • Milk
  • Avocado
  • Oatmeal
  • Banana

3. For Normal Skin Or Combination Skin

Contrary to popular belief, normal and combination skin also require maintenance without which one may experience either dry or oily skin conditions. As per Ayurveda, it is important to keep your doshas balanced in order to maintain healthy skin.

Double cleansing with the below-mentioned ingredients can moisturize and cleanse while keeping your skin’s natural biome healthy.

  • Rosewater
  • Aloe vera
  • Honey
  • Fruit and berry extracts
  • Saffron
  • Ginseng
  • Bamboo
  • Burdock root
  • Wild yam

4. For Sensitive Skin

If you have hyper allergic or sensitive skin, take note of all your triggers. Use cleansers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin or have hypo-allergic mentioned on their label.

Skin calming and pH balancing ingredients are suited for double cleansing sensitive skin.

  • Chamomile
  • Tulsi
  • Aloe vera
  • Brahmi
  • Triphala
  • Coconut oil

5. For Acne-Prone Skin

fresh tea tree twig and essential oil

With excess sebum production being a major cause of acne [3], oily skin is often more susceptible to this skin problem.

According to studies, fluctuation of hormones can lead to too much sebum on the skin which in turn clogs your pores. When naturally existing bacteria on the skin gets trapped in these pores, it causes an infection and you end up with an inflamed acne condition.

Use ingredients that have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and oil-controlling properties for double cleansing your oily acne-prone skin.

  • Turmeric
  • Licorice
  • Neem
  • Tea tree oil
  • Frankincense oil
  • Vetiver
  • Licorice
  • Manjistha
  • Lotus

Best Tips For Double Cleansing

  • Use lukewarm water during the double cleansing method. This loosens the dirt and also prevents your skin from getting dry.
  • Double cleanse in the evening.
  • Choose nourishing cleansing oils that do more than just clean.
  • Keep your double cleansing regime to 2 minutes. This allows your skin to get the best of both cleansers.
  • Use cleansers that are free of sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours. This prevents your skin from being stripped of its natural oils.
  • If you have very oily skin, you may substitute your cleansing oil with micellar water.
  • Do not overwash.

Frequently Asked Questions About Double Cleansing

1. Should I Double Cleanse Every Day?

Double cleansing is dependent on your lifestyle. If you are living in a city where your skin is constantly exposed to pollution, dust, harmful UV rays of the sun or you apply make-up every day, double cleansing can be included in your regular skin routine.

2. When & How Often Should You Double Cleanse?

Skin experts advise double cleansing in the evening when you need to remove accumulated pollution, make-up, excess sebum, dead cells, sunscreen and bad bacteria from your skin. Double cleansing in the evening also helps skin-repairing products like overnight masks and night creams to penetrate deeper into your skin.

Double cleanse daily if your skin requires it or set up a frequency like 3 times a week and follow it.

3. Who Should Do Double Cleansing?

Double cleansing is beneficial for all skin types. People with acne-prone skin, very oily skin and dry skin can specifically gain from it as natural oils present in the cleansers not only remove sebum plugs but can also have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.

4. Do Dermatologists Recommend Double Cleansing?

The benefits of applying natural oils [4] on the skin have been dermatologically proven. However, the double cleansing method is less likely to be suggested by your dermatologist as it is not considered a necessity. Many skin types are known to benefit from it and it is thus recommended by beauty experts.

Vedix Tip: Choose cleansers that have rice water, as it can prevent premature skin aging and reduce age spots and blemishes on your face.

The Last Word

Double cleansing has ample benefits for your skin if done right. With the dual benefit of oil cleansing and hydrating water-based cleansers, it rejuvenates and repairs your skin. As long as you know your skin type, choose your double cleansing products wisely and don’t overdo it. This skin regimen can fetch you amazing results.

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