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How to double-cleanse according to your skin type

How to double-cleanse
according to your skin type 

Double cleansing may seem pretty self-explanatory & it is to an extent. Our Dermal Therapists are so passionate about a double cleanse & have written their top tips for how to get the most out of your double cleanse according to your skin type. They firstly swear by using an oil-based cleanser first to break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day - as well as cleansing your skin. Your second cleanser should be the one that address any skin concern you may have and would ideally have ingredients in it that will either hydrate, soothe, exfoliate, treat acne and nourish. 

Why it's important to double-cleanse according to your skin type

One of the great things about a double cleanse, is that it only adds a few minutes to your usual skincare routine. We all know that there is no magic product that is perfect for everyone, which is why it is important to cleanse based on your skin type, concerns if you have any and your skin goals. It is crucial to get your cleansing duo right so you don’t over-wash your face, strip your natural oils or alter the microbes in your skin. We get it, there are SO MANY cleansers to choose from, let alone knowing which two to pair up! If you would like to shortcut the process, you can chat to one of our Dermal Therapists for their recommendations based on your skin here. OR, you can keep on the journey & see if we can help arm you with the right info to make the choice on your own. Either way, we want to help you bring out the best in your skin. 

If you have oily skin

Cleanser 1: Try Dermalogica Precleanse - Shop Here
Dermalogica's PreCleanse was one of the original cleansing oils. Oil attracts oil, so this will help to remove makeup, sweat and any other oil that has accumulated on your skin, without making the skin oilier. This lightweight cleansing oil gently liquefies sebum (oil in the skin) and oil-based debris (for example: long-lasting make-up, sunscreen and environmental pollutants), readying them for quick removal with the addition of water. 
Cleanser 2: Try the ASAP Daily Facial Cleanser - Shop Here
This rich, non-greasy formulation, gently and deeply cleanses the skin of makeup and grime without drying or irritating. It contained 12% Glycolic Complex buffered to pH5.5 to loosen and invisibly remove dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling refreshingly clean and smooth. 

If you have dry skin

Cleanser 1: Try O Cosmedics Nourishing Cleansing Balm - Shop Here
You run a higher risk of over-washing when you have dry skin, so doubling up on your cleansing routine can sometimes do more harm than good if you’re using products that are not formulated for your skin type.The O Cosmetics Nourishing Cleansing Balm, is sure to become your favourite pre-cleanser. It is heavenly and cloud-like, goes on as a balm, is massaged in as an oil, and turns to a milk with water, picking up dirt, pollution, and makeup as it goes.It provides intense antioxidant protection, hydrating and soothing benefits, and aids in deep cleansing and the removal of oil soluble build-up. 
Cleanser 2: Try Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser - Shop Here
The gentle lipid-rich surfactants condition to strengthen the skin's natural barrier function, which helps prevent vital moisture loss whilst fending off environmental aggressors. Symptoms of dry skin including tightness, flaking and roughness are alleviated as the skin is effectively cleansed preventing irritation, premature ageing and dehydration from taking hold. After using the Intensive Moisture Cleanser, your skin will feel smooth, clean and appear more luminous as natural resilience is enhanced. 

If you have combination skin

Cleanser 1: Try Medik8 Lipid Balance Cleansing Oil - Shop Here
Combination skin can be tricky to address—part of your face can feel like an oil well while the rest is as dry as a desert—so it’s important to find products that can restore balance and improve texture and complexion. We love recommending this Medik8 cleanser because it will hydrate and nourish your skin as it effortlessly dissolves makeup, SPF & daily debris from the skin to leave it feeling fresh. The silky oil melts even the most stubborn waterproof makeup, transforming into a milky emulsion the moment that water is added and helps to balance your skin's own natural oil. Enriched with Safflower oil, Moringa Oil and Vitamin E, your skin is thoroughly cleansed without stripping, tightness or dryness making this cleanser ideal for even the most sensitive of skins. With a hydrating wash-off formulation that leaves skin soft, supple and feeling fresh, this delightful cleanser purifies the skin to remove daily pollution.
Cleanser 2: Try Dermalist Ultra Hydrating Lactic Cleanser - Shop Here
With a milky-gel texture that melted our hearts (and our environmental build-up from the day), this Lactic Acid-based cleanser really gets to work to dissolve all signs of the daily grind - but beyond that, it also softens, hydrates and gently exfoliates the skins surface, so other products are able to penetrate the skin more easily and offer their true benefits without battling past dead skin cells and last nights mistakes. Your skin won’t feel like you need to immediately hydrate it afterwards, it’s 100% worth the hype! 

If you have sensitive skin 

Cleanser 1: Try Mesoetetic Hydracream Fusion - Shop Here
This nourishing cream-to-oil cleanser combines squalene, glycerin and a blend of probiotics to gently cleanse, hydrate and nourish dry, sensitive and compromised skins. The luxurious formula starts as a cream before melting into a silky oil, thoroughly washing away trapped dirt, excess oil, makeup and impurities. Your skin will be left feeling clean, refreshed and balanced. 
Cleanser 2: Try Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser - Shop Here
Recommended for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. This extremely gentle, pH-balanced gel/cream glides easily over face and eyes to cleanse without stripping skin's protective barrier. Dermalogica's exclusive UltraCalming Complex contains Oat and botanical actives that work below the surface to interrupt inflammatory triggers that lead to sensitization, while helping to minimize discomfort, burning and itching. A soothing blend of Raspberry, Lavender, Coneflower and Cucumber extracts help calm and cool the redness and heat associated with reactive, sensitized or over-processed skin, as well as rosacea. Easily rinses away or wipes off, making it ideal for skin so sensitized it cannot even tolerate water. Delicately fortifies skin's protective barrier without leaving an irritating residue. 

If you have mature skin 

Cleanser 1: Try Murad Prebiotic 4-in 1- Multicleanser - Shop Here
This gel-to-oil, makeup-removing cleanser nourishes with prebiotics to balance skin's microbiome for healthier-looking skin. The non-drying formula features an ultra-cleansing peptide to melt makeup, dirt and excess oil, while moisturising plant-based emollients leave skin feeling deeply hydrated. 

Cleanser 2: Try Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser - Shop Here
This age-defying facial cleanser is formulated with glycolic acid and refreshing menthol to swiftly and effectively sweep away dead skin cells and buildup, revealing soft, healthy and youthful skin. It’s gentle enough for daily use & thoroughly removes all traces of makeup, oil and debris, while also balancing the pH of your skin. The gentle AHA blend works to reveal smoother, more youthful skin with each and every use. 

Unsure which cleansers are right for you or how to bring out the best in your skin? Book a free virtual skin consult with one of our Dermal Therapists here.


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