The double cleanse. I heard that term for the first time from my sister after she went for a Dermalogica treatment years ago. At first I thought the notion was silly. Why would I wash my face twice? Surely what I’ve been doing up till then was sufficient? Was I wrong! My skin improved from the moment I started double cleansing.
Why should we double cleanse? This is what Dermalogica says:
What did your cleanser leave behind?
Everyone knows to cleanse their skin twice daily, but most people don’t realize that a single cleanse with a surfactant-based cleanser still leaves behind a film of oil-based debris, such as sunscreen, long-lasting make-up, pollutants and your skin’s own sebum (oil). How does it happen? The oil-based debris on your skin creates a barrier that your usual cleanser simply cannot fully penetrate. The result is a dull, congested complexion. – www.dermalogica.com
So, how exactly do you double cleanse?
Dermalogica Double Cleanse
Step 1: Use a cleansing oil
A cleansing oil (or balm) is an oil-based cleanser that will remove all oil-based debris as mentioned above. My preferred cleansing oil is still Dermalogica’s PreCleanse. The very first time I used it I was completely blown away. This is how you use it: Apply a few drops to dry skin and massage it all over the face and neck. Make-up, sunscreen, oil and dirt just melt away. Take note… do not add water at this stage or the product won’t be as effective. Once this is done, add a little water and massage the now milky emulsion, all over. I then rinse with lukewarm water and it’s as though the product and everything it has dissolved, just disappears.
Step 2: Cleanse with your preferred cleanser
I usually follow the PreCleanse with a gel cleanser. Because the oil has done such a fantastic job with the first cleanse, I can feel that my gel cleanser works deeper and is actually cleaning my skin, and not just trying to work through layers of make-up, etc.
I recently added the Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser to my cleansing routine. I love highly active products and could not wait to get my hands on this one.
Achieve superior smoothness and ultra-clean skin after just one use with this dual- action exfoliating cleanser. A highly-active Lactic Acid concentrate helps retexturize skin suffering from visible signs of aging by removing dulling surface debris and helping accelerate cell turnover. Use of this silky cleanser dramatically improves skin texture and properly prepares for maximum penetration of AGE Smart® products. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.
This stuff is potent. I quickly realised that I tried to do too much to quickly and that using this cleanser 3 to 4 times a week is ideal for my skin (especially during winter when it’s extremely sensitive). It leaves my skin feeling super soft and glowing. And obviously perfectly cleansed. Note that this cleanser is recommended for mature or prematurely-aging skin and you should use a very good sunscreen whilst using it (we should do that always anyway).
Thank you Dermalogica for reminding me just how gorgeous preCleanse is and giving me the chance to experience the power of the Skin Resurfacing Cleanser. My skin thanks you!