DOUBLE CLEANSING… THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW?!

Hi Lovelies,

So, its coming up to the first anniversary of my blog and I got to thinking about why I started Chelsea’s Guide in the first place. As some of you may know, I recently made a bit of a career change and left retail, a huge step for me, in a totally different direction, but my love of all things make up and skin care will never change. Infact, it’s probably made me value all of the products I have accumulated more than ever! And being out of the business has reminded me why I started this blog. When you work around make up artists and skin experts it’s easy to forget that what is second nature in the life of a cosmetics floor, can be an absolute minefield for those who don’t.

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I have always loved cosmetics, but have I always understood it? No. Even now I know I have only just scratched the surface as to why certain ingredients in products are beneficial and why applying makeup in a certain way can give such a different outcome. But I think I maybe did forget that although I understand cosmetics more now than I used to, that isn’t the case for everyone. I mean, why do you read a beauty blog in the first place? Usually, because you love all things beauty, but don’t necessarily understand it, and want to learn more. That’s what I am here for, and why I started this blog in the first place, as a guide for those like me, who loves cosmetics but didn’t have the foggiest when it came to actually using them.

This been said, you might be thinking, what the fuck is double cleansing and why should you waste your time cleaning your face twice when a simple makeup wipe before bed seems to be doing the job?

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Well, I have written a post here about why ditching the face wipes is something I think is hugely beneficial to your skin. And if you’re reading this and do currently just use a face wipe then I would highly consider starting by just changing that part of your routine first, before getting into the whole double cleansing routine. If you go straight from only using a makeup wipe to ‘clean’ your skin, to a double cleanse, you will probably hate it and find it hugely time consuming, but trust me, its worth it! I look at a skincare routine similar to how I look at exercise. If it’s something you aren’t used to, you’re likely to give up on it if you go from 0-100 straight away and end up back where you started. But if you build it up gradually over time, it will become second nature and you will start to enjoy it, rather than see it as a chore. Everyone is different, some people might find it works best for them to do an entire overhaul, of course I’m no expert, but from personal experience I find gradual to be the best way to stick to anything. So don’t feel bad if you try to make this a habit and find yourself failing, small steps! I started two and a half years ago by taking my makeup off with a cleanser and cotton pads instead of using face wipes, no other products were introduced until later down the line and thats how I find it manageable and how it has become part of my day to day routine.

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Enough of me babbling, lets get to the point. So, amongst all the lotions and potions and serums its important to remember the basics too, actually washing your face properly. After a day of city smog and makeup we need to make sure that we are thoroughly cleaning our face at the end of the night, otherwise all the special toners and serums wont be able to do their job, because your pores will still be clogged.

The first step of cleansing is to remove your makeup, the best thing to use is something like an oil based cleanser/balm, my fave being the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil which I wrote about here. A few other popular options include Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing BalmDermalogica Precleanse and Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. However, the beauty of double cleansing means you can get away with use something as simple as like Garnier Micellar Water, which for most, is probably most convenient and accessible. It isn’t as effective as an actual water cleanse and washing your face, but it will do!

When selecting your cleanser make sure you read the description on the bottle. Different cleansers are designed to do different things. Some will mention breaking down makeup, while others wont mention that at all. Its important when double cleansing to make sure you’re using cleansers that do what you want them to do, one to remove makeup, and one to treat the skin. If you have two cleansers that’s main job is to remove makeup you will end up with a very clean face, but you wont be getting the most benefit out of a double cleanse. I use one to remove makeup and one to combat whatever skin concerns I’m currently having.

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I usually go to the gym after work, and usually, I am VERY bad and forget to take anything to remove my makeup. Literally so bad to sweat with your makeup on because your pores open up and in goes all the grime, I don’t recommend it but hey ho, this is life. So as soon as I get home I tend to use my DHC Deep Cleansing Oil right before jumping in the shower, this cleanser is used with your dry hands massaging the product into your dry skin, and then washing off. I like to do the washing off part in the shower (because it means I don’t get water all over the sink/floor/surrounding areas). Its generally tidier and I’m all for cutting down the time I need to spend cleaning the bathroom!

I like to spend about 1-2 minuets massaging the cleanser into my skin, on both the first cleanse and the second. I know that might seem like a while but it means you’re giving the product enough time to breakdown make up and grime, and letting the ingredients actually work their magic. Theres no point using products with fancy ingredients if you aren’t giving them enough time on your skin to take effect.

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Now your makeup is all off, its time for the second cleanse! I have been using Mario Badescu’s Acne Facial Cleanser for what feels like forever! When I first got it I kept switching and trying new cleansers along side the Mario one, so I feel like its just taken me soooo long to get through. Im making myself just stick to this one until its all gone now, and then move on to another cleanser. But either way, I really like this product. As the name suggests, it focus’s on targeting acne and clearing your skin from blemishes and excess oil. Nothing in the description on the back of the bottle or on the website suggests that this cleanser is one that will break down your make up, and thats why I use it as my second cleanse. It is specifically designed to take action on skin concerns once the skin is already clean. Resulting in maximum skin benefits! The second cleanser you use is more personal to what concerns you have, but a few I love are the Mario Badescu cleansers (all amazing!), Rodial Vit C Brightening Cleanser and Nip+Fab Glycol Fix Cleanser.

And wallah. I really would suggest double cleansing before/while getting a shower in the evening, its just less messy and is a lot quicker so it doesn’t feel like as much as a chore. I get out of the shower with my skin feeling so fresh and nice, following up with my toner, serum, oil, eye cream and moisturiser. I know it sounds a lot but it only takes me a minute now I’m used to applying all the lotions and potions to my face.

Double cleansing isn’t necessary to do on a morning. I stick to a quick facial cleanse on a morning in the shower, and then a double cleanse at the end of the day.

I hope this has been beneficial to anyone wondering what double cleansing is and what type of products to use to do this! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, any cleanser suggestions or faves would also be fab too!

Love, Chelsea xxx

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