We are living in an era where everyone is fond of make-up. And anyone who wears makeup knows that removing it can be a tedious task. However, keeping this make-up on one’s face for a long period of time can be damaging to the skin. Hence, it is necessary to remove it in time. And in order to do that, you might need something that’s more than just a normal cleanser.
But first, understand Why Cleansing is such a critical step in your routine , before diving into the world of makeup removal!
What are the different types of makeup removal?
- Makeup remover wipes
Also known as the lazy girl’s hack, makeup remover wipes are pieces of fibre that consists of ingredients that can remove your makeup.
- They have some amount of liquid cleanser that helps remove the makeup off your skin.
- They are extremely easy and convenient to use; all you need it to do is remove it from the pack and swipe it across your face.
- They are travel-friendly as they usually come in a small packet that you can carry anywhere with you.
- Can substitute as a cleanser in times you are unable to cleanse your face thoroughly.
- They can also be used as deodorants in case of emergencies as they usually have fragrance in them and can also help in cleaning your sweat off.
- They might work as a substitute for a cleanser in emergencies, but they aren’t as thorough at cleansing your face. Even to remove basic make up, you might have to rub harshly and swipe them across your face multiple times.
- Swiping makeup wipes across again and again can be harsh to your skin and cause inflammation and broken skin, leading to uneven skin tone, breakouts, wrinkles and allergies.
- They can sometimes do more harm than good by clogging your pores.
- They don’t remove your make up effectively and often leave residue behind.
- They can strip your skin of it natural oils, leading to dehydrated skin.
- Micellar Water
Micellar water, also known as ‘cleansing water’, is used to remove gunk from your face. It consists of a surfactant, the chemical that actually gets rid of dirt and makeup. This chemical clusters up into tiny balls called micelles which, upon being poured on a cotton pad, rearrange themselves for optimal cleaning.
- Although it doesn’t remove your makeup completely, it still does a pretty good job at cleansing your face.
- You can use it to fix your makeup if you mess it up.
- It is non-irritating and non-drying by itself.
- You cannot just splash micellar water on your face, you have to use it with cotton pads that might add to your product count and expense.
- Rubbing the skin with cotton pads can be harsh and damage your skin, causing sensitization and burning.
- It doesn’t completely take your makeup off, especially your waterproof or full-coverage products.
- Double Cleansing
Double cleansing is a popular Korean method of cleansing your face twice: First, with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser.
- Double cleansing as a way of makeup removal ensures that the most stubborn products i.e., mascara, foundations, liquid lipsticks, or even waterproof products, all come off without leaving a trace.
- Excess oil can be a magnet for dirt and grime, which could result in breakouts or acne flare-ups. Double cleansing ensures that your skin’s sebum levels are balanced and also removes the impurities that could possibly clog your pores.
- When your skin is free of impurities, make-up, and sunscreen residue, it is able to absorb other skincare products a lot more effectively. Double cleansing helps remove that layer, just so that they penetrate deeper into your skin in less time.
- Continuous double cleansing helps improve the texture and appearance of your skin too. Without the added layer, your products work better resulting in glowing and radiant skin.
- Sometimes, if you don’t use the right products, double cleansing can make your skin dry due to over-washing or skin-unfriendly chemicals.
- It adds another step in your skincare routine
I think we have a clear winner as to which makeup removal works the best. Lo and behold- Double cleansing!
Who should Double Cleanse?
Everyone should double cleanse to remove make up, sunscreen, oils and other emollients used on the face. However, use products that are recommended for your skin type. For sensitive skin, choose products wisely. Use an oil-based cleanser first followed by a gentle, soap free foam-based cleanser designed specifically for sensitive skin
What is the ideal way to Double Cleanse?
It’s best to avoid cotton, pads and tissues as this method requires constant rubbing which damages the skin. Also avoid alcohol-based cleansers- both rubbing with pads and alcohol-based cleansers cause the skin to become sensitized. It’s always best to use your fingertips instead of pads to cleanse your face as it’s gentler.
When should one Double Cleanse?
Although your skin needs to be cleansed twice a day - AM and PM - a double cleanse isn't always necessary in the morning routine.
For sensitive, dry, or rosacea-prone skin, it is usually recommended to first use an oil based cleanser, followed by a moisturizing and soap free facewash. This prevents the skin from over-drying.
If your skin is acne prone or you tend to get oily by noon, then double cleanse is helpful. If your face isn’t oily until the end of the day or if your skin skews dry, double cleansing probably isn't necessary unless you're wearing a lot of makeup.
However, if you wish to enjoy the benefits of double cleansing without using multiple products or adding another step to your routine, you could give the Rebeaut One Step Oil-To-Foam Cleanser a try.
It is enriched with Fruit Enzymes and 27 Plant-Based Nutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals and is absolutely sulphate-free. It also promises to thoroughly cleanse your face in just one step!
Nonetheless, if you have an extreme skin condition, please seek a recommendation from your personal dermatologist.
Your questions, answered!
Does Double Cleansing consume a lot of time?
Not at all, at max it just adds an extra minute to your skincare routine. Plus, when you double cleanse you don’t have to work extra with each product you use as it helps them penetrate your skin better. This is what we call a win-win!
Should I Double Cleanse even if I don’t wear any makeup?
Double cleansing can actually be beneficial for all! It also helps remove traces of oil, sebum build-up and sunscreen. However, if you have dry skin, make sure to use products that are suitable for your skin-type.
Is Double Cleansing good for acne-prone skin?
Yes, yes, and yes! Your oily acne-prone skin will absolutely love double cleansing as it will prevent your pores from getting clogged.
Can I Double Cleanse on a daily basis?
Yes, you can. But limit it to your PM skincare routine. Find cleansers that are suitable for your skin-type to avoid irritating or drying out your skin.
Removing your makeup is a must and it is important that you do it the right way. So, don’t forget to keep your make up close and your cleansers closer!