OK, we get that sometimes your face is lucky if it gets a five-second going over with a face wipe at the end of the day. So the thought of not only cleansing it properly once but adding a whole new step sounds like a right faff. Bear with us, though… it does make sense, and it will make a difference to your skin.

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What is double cleansing?

It’s not just doing two rounds with the same cleanser. Double cleansing means using two different cleansers in a two-step process: first an oil- or oil-based balm, followed by a wash, milk or gel.

Why should I do it?

Think of it like rinsing really dirty plates before you put them in the dishwasher. If you’re wearing an SPF every day (which you should be) and foundation (especially if it’s a long-lasting variety), these are both designed to stick fast to your skin. One cleanse will work on lifting them but won’t be doing much for the skin underneath.

With double cleansing, the first, oil-based product will take off anything clinging or sticking to the skin, and the wash, milk or gel can then get to work on the skin underneath. You only need to do this when you’re taking your make-up off at night. In the morning, just do the second step.

What are the benefits?

As well as removing all the grime of the day, double cleansing also makes whatever you’re putting on your skin afterwards more effective. That means any serums, moisturisers, masks or anti-ageing products will be absorbed better and thus work more effectively. Sold yet? We are….

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