When Megan and I took a much-needed 72 hour trip to Vegas last fall, I insisted that we spend time at the spa so that I could enjoy a facial. It had been years since I was able to invest in monthly facials as one half of a DINK (double-income-no-kids). I am starting to show some fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes and my face had been feeling very tight and was obviously dehydrated.
During my very pricy facial, my lovely skin therapist pointed out all of the trouble spots I had been seeing and recommended an additional service. She thought that my skin needed a precut mask used by…wait for it…burn victims to restore the moisture to my skin. I was shocked and offended but immediately agreed to the addition. The mask adhered to my skin as a second skin, trapping a layer of moisture on top of my skin, which my face drank up in nanoseconds. Ladies, when I emerged from that facial, it’s as if (just my face) was completely reborn, Benjamin Button-style. My approaching-mid-thirties skin looked like my toddler’s.
That facial was a wake-up call to me. I needed to start paying attention to my skin again; the message finally got through. I have been involved in this blog for years, so there’s really no excuse for the lazy, haphazard way I was going about my skincare. I could no longer get away with simply washing my face twice a day, moisturizing, and slapping on sunscreen. I needed to craft a new skincare routine for myself that didn’t include a monthly trip to the Spa at Mandalay Bay, as amazing as that would be. The first thing I wanted to tackle was cleansing properly. Enter the double cleanse.
How to Double Cleanse Your Skin
Double cleansing is low effort, high-impact. I adapted this routine from Caroline Hirons, the matter-of-fact British skincare guru. Her website is a wealth of information which borders on information-overload. I spent many hours pouring over her site so I am happy to share the fruits of my labor with you all. Here’s how I do the double cleanse:
Pre-cleanse: If you are wearing waterproof makeup, you’re going to need to use an eye makeup remover. I like Lavera Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.
Wet a washcloth and wet your face with it.
Cleanse #1: Wipe a creamy or milky cleanser into your face. You’re breaking down your makeup in this step. I am using Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk. As an alternative, Megan’s favorite Eve Lom cleanser would be great for this step.
Wipe the cleanser off of your face with the washcloth. This is how skin therapists wipe products off your face during a facial, so why not mimic that at home? The washcloth provides some gentle exfoliation and your counters aren’t soaking wet from splashing water all over the place. (Please tell me that’s not just me!) Rinse out the washcloth.
Sidenote: you might want to stock up on washcloths! You don’t have to go fancy. I use utilitarian IKEA washcloths.
Cleanse #2: Massage an oily cleanser into your face. In this step, you are cleansing and moisturizing. Two good options are Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil and the beloved Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser.
Wipe the cleanser off of your face with your washcloth.
The process takes maybe a minute and a half longer, but your face is CLEAN. Since I started double cleansing, I have noticed that I have fewer breakouts and my skin does not look as dull because I am actually getting all of the gunk off my face. I do not double-cleanse in the morning because I do not have make-up to scrub off. I just do Cleanse #1 (creamy or milky) and skip Cleanse #2.
Give it a shot and tell me what you think!
Of course, after your cleanse, you should follow with eye cream, serum(s), moisturizer, and sunscreen. But we’ll save all of that for another day! In the meantime, if you’d like to take a peek at some of Megan’s favorite products, check out The Beauty Closet.