It’s essential to remove makeup from the face every night to keep your skin looking fresh and renewed. However, washing off makeup can feel like a chore, especially for full coverage and glamorous looks, so double-cleansing is an excellent method for your nighttime routine.

Why Do You Need To Remove Your Makeup Before bed?
According to Neutrogena, “the skin renews itself while you sleep, and when you leave makeup on, you are preventing that from happening… as most makeup is made of oily substance, when it stays on for the next day, it clogs your pores and leads to the appearance of more acne and blackhead breakouts.”

However, it can take multiple products to remove your makeup completely. Sometimes, waterproof makeup needs extra attention and it’s beneficial to eliminate all traces of product.

What Is Double-Cleansing?
Most makeup-wearers use the double-cleansing method to remove intricate makeup looks and waterproof products. It’s a skincare practice that involves cleansing the skin twice.

The Dermstore and Dr. David Lortscher state, “the benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day…the second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern.”

How To Double-Cleanse
Double-cleansing can be a therapeutic method to incorporate into any skincare routine. It ensures your skin is free of debris and helps promote a clean canvas for your following skincare products.

You’ll need to lead products in a double cleansing regimen. The first step is an oil-based cleanser to break down your first layer of makeup. Then, you can follow it up by using a water-based cleanser as your second step.

1.   Oil-Based Cleanser

An oil cleanser will melt away all waterproof makeup, even if you have layers of foundation and concealer. However, what can you use as an oil-based cleanser?

Some individuals choose a cleansing balm because it’s oil-based and contains other hydrating components to remove cosmetics.

Another option would be to choose a skin-friendly oil like Jojoba and emulsify it between the hands to prepare for cleansing.

You can spend a few minutes massaging your oil-based cleanser into the face and watch the makeup breakdown. This step can double as a facial treatment.

Also, double-check the labels of your oil-based cleanser because some products recommend applying straight to dry skin while others state to wet the face first.

2.   Water-Based Cleanser
Next, you’ll want to go in with your water-based cleanser. Here is where you will choose a face wash that benefits your skin type. Once you’ve finished massaging your oil-based cleanser, you can rinse your face to prepare for the next step.

Your second cleanser should offer hydrating benefits, remove excess impurities, or even treat skin concerns. In addition, a water-based cleanser may remove additional traces of makeup.

Once you wash your face with the second cleanser per the label’s directions, you can rinse, dry your face, and continue with your skincare routine.
Optional: Micellar Water
Sometimes, you’ll need an extra step to remove eye makeup. Thankfully, stubborn mascara and intense eyeliner can be eliminated with the help of micellar water.

In addition, you can soak a cotton pad or q-tip in micellar water to remove all the leftover product between your eyelashes.