Though it may sound like a chore to some, double cleansing is well worth the time for clearer, brighter skin.
To double cleanse, or not to double cleanse?
Double-cleansing may be making waves recently, but this skincare secret reaches much farther back in time. The cleansing method dates back to the Japanese Edo period, which geishas and maikos employ to remove heavy, lead-based makeup. While makeup formulation has certainly improved since, it remains equally important to thoroughly cleanse your skin to prevent skin troubles.
Why waste time? Advocated swear by double cleansing as they believe it helps purge skin of impurities, without stripping away essential moisture. Dr Teo Wan Lin from TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre recommends using an oil cleanser before a foaming one, especially for those who wear makeup.
Benefits of double cleansing
Oil cleansers effectively dissolve and break down foundations and sunscreens. After the cleansing oil is rinsed off, a foaming cleanser is used. This step helps get rid of any other oil remnants, leaving skin purified and ready to absorb subsequent skincare products.
It’s undeniable that the effort pays off. With well-cleansed, moisturised skin, it’s easier to maintain a radiant and blemish-free complexion.
#1 FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil, $30 (120ml).
Formulated to instantly dissolve makeup without leaving residues, this gentle oil also preserves the natural oils within your skin to leave the face feeling fresh and soft.
#2 shu uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, $65 (150 ml).
At the heart of this cashmere-like oil are 8 botanical oils, infused with Asian life-energising plants to carefully condition, nourish, and protect the skin while cleansing.
#3 Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, $41 (300ml).
A cult favourite, this lightweight oil can be used on both dry and damp skin to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup, all without stripping your skin of moisture.
#4 ORBIS Aquaforce Mild Wash, $23 (120 g).
A dense, whipped foam gently captures and removes dirt and grime to leave your skin fresh and moisturised, without any feeling of tightness or dryness.
#5 Albion Excia Cell Clarity Cleansing Foam, $90 (150 ml).
This ultra-fine foam cleanser contains four powerful cleansing ingredients to effectively remove dirt and other surface impurities, while simultaneously accelerating whitening processes to deliver silky-soft and luminous skin.
#6 Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser, $14(50 ml)
A pump of the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser dispenses a rich foam that cleanses impurities without stripping skin of moisture.
This article first appeared on the October 2017 issue of The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
Text: Dawn Poh / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha