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Double Cleansing

By Selena Guo

Skincare nuts have probably already heard of this technique: double cleansing. But for the common people, what is double cleansing? Originating in Japan, this facial cleansing technique was used by women who wore the typical heavy, white makeup. A simple scrub with water was not enough to rinse it off, but an oil-based cleanser was. The women would then wash their face with a regular cleanser after the oil.

Cleansing with oil might sound counterintuitive, but it works. The oil will gently break down makeup, dead skin cells, and other impurities. By removing this initial layer of grime, it allows the regular cleanser to get into the pores and do a better cleanse.

Interested? Well, here’s how you do it: First, gently rub a cleansing oil of your choice with dry hands onto your face. Recommended brands are Clinique’s Take the Day Off and Garnier’s Micellar Water. After your makeup has been washed off with the oil, use water to rinse your face. Then, go in with your regular cleanser and continue with your normal skincare routine from there. Simple, right? Although you might be turned off by the extra step in your routine, your skin will thank you for it.

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