Why You Should Be Double Cleansing
The double cleanse is a method I swear by for clear, radiant, healthy skin. If you're not already on this bandwagon, prepare to never wash your face the same again. The benefits are abundant, from preventing breakouts to better skin care absorption, this is a non-negotiable in my routine. Let's get right into the art of the double cleanse, how to execute it & what products I'm currently loving to get the best results!
What exactly is double cleansing? It's a two step process, first starting by washing the face using an oil-based cleanser. For those of us who wear makeup on the daily, this is vital to break down any makeup particles, remove any dirt & debris from the day and draw out excess oils. This step will cleanse your skin from impurities, from foundation to sweat and smog from pollution (necessary, I think!). Next, you go in with a secondary cleanser of your choice to address your specific skin type or current concern.
Double cleansing is crucial when it comes to achieving our best skin. Why? Cleansing is an often overlooked step, something that goes without special attention, the attention it deserves… without a diligent and thorough cleansing ritual, our skin is more susceptible to damage done by free radicals, environmental toxins and pollution. Not to mention the dirt and clogged pores that can build up sans proper cleaning, leading to breakouts, blackheads, blemishes and even fine lines.
One of the reasons I truly love a double cleanse is the fresh feeling of my skin, as a clean canvas for the rest of my skincare to really penetrate into the skin. It really preps the skin for the rest of my ritual, from skincare to makeup.
Not all cleansers are made equally when it comes to this method, which is why I'm such a huge fan of the Agent Nateur holi (cleanse) combined with the acid (wash). Often, over cleansing can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can counterintuitively lead it to actually produce more sebum production. Using a high quality oil cleanser such as the holi (cleanse) ensures that you aren't altering your skin's pH balance, oil production and overall harmony.
The holi (cleanse) is formulated with premium oils that are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins. This product is extremely calming and nourishing to the skin with luxurious, organic plant extracts that Agent sources thoughtfully. Every ingredient is chosen for its purity and potency, which is what makes this oil cleanser my absolute favorite. Not to mention that it smells divine, leaving the skin so smooth. Don’t skip this step if you want your skin to feel detoxed, refined and without irritation.
After sweeping away all the dirt, makeup and debris with the holi (cleanse), you will go in with the acid (wash). These two cleansers work hand in hand, as a set or a duo, to really cleanse, hydrate, protect and improve texture & tone. The acid (wash) serves its purpose by acting as a gentle exfoliant to revive the skin. Like the cleansing (oil), this wash is formulated with only the finest ingredients, from soothing lavender flower water to peony root and of course, lactic acid. This step will brighten the skin and leave it feeling supple, youthful and glowy. This product is a game changer and suitable for such a wide variety of skin concerns from acne prone skin to dry/irritated skin.