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Cleansing is an integral part of any skincare routine. But if you are acne-prone, have oily skin, or wear heavy makeup, one cleanser may not cut it. Enter double cleansing.

What is double cleansing? 

Before delving into why you should start double cleansing, let's explain what it is. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like; it's when you cleanse and wash your face twice. It sounds simple, but it's a bit more complicated than it seems. Double cleansing entails washing your face twice but with different types of cleansers. 

How do you double cleanse?

Double cleansing starts with using an oil-based cleanser to help remove makeup. Alternatively, if an oil-based cleanser seems too much, you can always use something like micellar water for this step. The second cleanse is where your regular or a more gentle cleanser should come into play. 

Although it is not confirmed who created the technique, it is often associated with Korean and Japanese beauty. 

Why should you start double cleansing?

Now that we've explained what double cleansing is, here's why you should consider adding it to your skincare routine.

One of the reasons why we love double cleansing is that it is likely to give you a deeper cleanse. Since you're using more than one product, it helps get rid of the gunk and debris that your first cleanse might have missed. 

Since you're taking the extra time to remove all that makeup or even just pollution from a day spent out and about, you might notice your skin getting a little clearer. It could help your skin break out a little less since you're making sure everything is off. Think of it like double-checking your skin. 

Another possible benefit is that your skin will be healthier, so it can absorb your skincare products a bit better and benefit your skin. 

This is not a "real" benefit to double cleansing, but as fans of double cleansing, we have to say, it feels incredible. 

Double-cleansing is fantastic for those who wear a lot of makeup, have oily skin, or are constantly exposed to pollution and elements. It can be done daily, but if you find it's too much, feel free to limit how often you do it.