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What is double cleansing and is it necessary?

Wondering if double cleansing is necessary as part of your everyday skin care routine? Double cleansing is a ‘gold standard’ method of cleansing the face. Here you will discover why double cleansing is so good for all skin types and learn how to double cleanse your face.

By Hannah Mepham

5 Minute read

Wondering if double cleansing is necessary as part of your everyday skin care routine? Double cleansing is a ‘gold standard’ method of cleansing the face.

Here you will discover why double cleansing is so good for all skin types and learn how to double cleanse your face.


Is it good to double cleanse?

Yes, double cleansing is great for all skin types and genders and we especially recommend double cleansing the skin at night if you wear make-up or SPF skin care during the day.

Double cleansing the skin at the end of the day gives you the peace of mind that you have purified you skin so that it can breathe overnight and repair, replenish and restore itself whilst you sleep.

A single cleanse will release some dirt, make-up, SPF and impurities from the skin but cleansing just once might not be enough to purify the skin of deep daily dirt and thick foundations.

If the skin is not regularly cleansed, dirt and grime and pore-clogging beauty products may build up on the skin, attracting bad bacteria to the skin microbiome. Those who suffer from spots may find that double cleansing is particularly good for acne-prone skin.

Failing to cleanse regularly can also make it hard for the skin to absorb and utilise moisturiser, serum and night cream. 


How to double cleanse your face

To double cleanse your face, cleanse the skin as normal, then repeat the skin-cleansing process one further time.

You can double cleanse using the same facial cleansing product twice but your two-step cleansing routine may be more effective if you use two different cleansers when double cleansing the skin.

Double cleansing – 3-step tutorial

This double cleansing routine takes just 5 minutes. Always rinse the face after double cleansing and take care to cleanse the delicate eye area very carefully.

STEP 1: Cleanse with oil-based cleanser. Start by gently cleansing the face with our oil-based Age Defy+ Ultimate Wonder Balm. Suitable for most skin types, this organic cleansing balm releases oil-soluble make-up and impurities. Work it into the skin for around a minute and then remove any residue with a warm, damp cloth.

STEP 2: Cleanse with foaming face wash. Next, wash the face with our organic Foaming Face Wash. Made without skin-irritating SLS, our face wash for double-cleansing has a gentle foaming action which effortlessly dislodges ingrained impurities and sweeps away debris from your first cleanse.

As you’ve already cleansed once, you only need to use a little amount of face wash for your second cleanse. Just one pump of foam is enough to cleanse the pores and leave the face feeling fresh and clean.

STEP 3: Rinse away all traces with water. Complete your double cleanse by splashing the face with tepid water. This releases dirt and cleanser residue from the skin.


Essential products for double cleansing

Select the best double cleansing products for your needs with one of our ready-made double cleansing routines. Our plant-based cleansers and face washes are all natural and organic, and free from harsh ingredients such as alcohol, SLS and artificial fragrances so they are very gentle on the skin. 

We advise against using wet wipes to double cleanse they can very skin drying and are not thought to be eco-friendly.

Double cleansing for make-up or sunscreen

Double cleansing for dry skin


Double cleansing for oily skin & acne prone skin


Double cleansing for sensitive skin

We advise against double cleansing too often if you have sensitive skin that is prone to dryness and irritation. Try initially double cleansing every other night and see how your skin reacts.

Some people may find that double cleansing every day is perfect for their skin, whilst others will need to do it less often.


Need a helping hand with choosing the best double cleansing products for your skin? Our UK customer care team can help you to customise your cleansing routine and can be contacted on 01403 740 350.


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