Is double cleansing beneficial or just another passing trend?

Going through a pandemic has really given people more time to spare on themselves. Now that we have more ‘me time’, people are debating on whether double cleansing is really a need or just a waste of time and money? 

What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is a face-cleansing method introduced by the Japanese and Koreans, who are well-known for their intensive skincare routines. As its name suggests, double cleansing requires you to wash your face twice by using different types of cleansers. Although there are no specific rules to go by, the first cleanser is meant to clean all the dirt and evident impurities on the face, hence it is usually performed with an oil-based or cream cleanser. The second round of cleansing is done with a gentler cleanser aimed to remove the remaining substances on the skin.

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Do we really need to double cleanse?

This method scores a deeper cleaning process after a whole day out with makeup on, especially for city dwellers that face dust and dirt from the polluted environment. A poorly-cleansed face will lead to breakouts and sensitivity. This technique will also protect the skin from being stripped by a strong cleanser that can lead to dryness. Therefore, it is important to have an efficient cleansing routine by using the right products and steps, particularly at night for better absorption of the remaining skincare steps.

Cleansers to try

Image: CS12 Malaysia

CS12 Milk Cleanser (180ml), RM198

CS12, a Malaysian beauty brand founded in 2010 with its tagline ‘Clearer Skin All Year Long’ introduces a new range of cleansers. This one in particular is delicately scented and works to gently lift away dirt and activate cell regeneration. It also strengthens your skin for better absorption without drying the skin out.

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Shu Uemura Botanicoil Cleansing Oil (450ml), RM406

Known for its remarkable cleansing oils, shu uemura introduces a new version that’s 99% plant-based and infused with Japanese yuzu for an unparalleled aromatic experience. It removes makeup easily and instantly, leaving skin super smooth, calm and balanced.

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Tatcha The Rice Wash Cleanser (120ml), RM155

A creamy cleanser that lathers into a moisturising foam, this contains an effective blend of hyaluronic acid, Japanese algae and an exclusive anti-ageing complex called Hadasei-3 (that’s made from Akita Rice, Kyoto Green Tea and Okinawa Algae through a double fermentation process) to help restore and retain moisture within the skin. Your complexion is revived with a natural glow.

Reported by Lisa Norosmi