So you know what double cleansing is all about, and you know why double cleansing is good for your skin. Now, let’s look at the types of first cleansers that you can use to double cleanse!
1. Cleansing balm and cleansing oilThe most common first cleanser is an oil-based cleanser, like cleansing balm and cleansing oil. Oil-based cleansers remove oil-based impurities most effectively, like makeup and sunscreen residue, sebum, and excess oil produced by the skin. This helps to clean the pores deeply, to prevent buildup that could lead to tiny bumps and acne.
The oils used in a cleansing balm or cleansing oil also nourish the skin at the same time, making the skin feel softer and smoother with regular use. Oil-based cleansers are suitable for all skin types, even oily and acne-prone skin. Just make sure the type of oil used in a cleansing balm or cleansing oil is suitable for your skin.
2. Cleansing milk and cleansing gel
Cleansing milk and cleansing gel are a gentler alternative with a softer, more lotiony or jelly-like texture (depending on the formulation). This makes it a more suitable option for dry and sensitive skin. Cleansing milk and cleansing gel also aim to remove oil-based impurities more effectively when paired with a second cleanser, compared to using only one cleanser. If your skin is not a fan of oils, you can try a cleansing milk or cleansing gel.
3. Micellar water
If you prefer water-based products, you may opt for micellar water as your first cleanser, before following up with your second cleanser. Micellar water is also effective in removing makeup and sunscreen residue to eliminate impurities on the skin. If your skin cannot tolerate oils, micellar water is another alternative you can consider aside from cleansing milk and cleansing gel.
4. Cleansing wipes
For a more fuss-free alternative that is also travel-friendly, cleansing wipes may be your first cleanser of choice. But while cleansing wipes can remove makeup and sunscreen residue, it should not be used regularly as a first cleanser. This is because regular use of makeup wipes may cause your skin to become dry and sensitive due to continuous tugging. You may also require many pieces of cleansing wipes to properly clean your skin, which may cause even more irritation compared to using other types of first cleansers. Cleansing wipes are great for convenience, but it is still best to use other types of first cleansers in your everyday routine.
There is no “right” or “wrong” type of first cleanser. It all depends on your preference. First cleansers generally work the same way, just with different ingredients and formulations. Once you’ve found one that works well for you, your double cleansing routine will be complete. Trust us, your skin will thank you!