Beginner's Guide to Double Cleansing

double cleansing

Skincare rituals are increasingly being embraced as an important part of giving yourself good self-care. That is part of the reason so many people are now turning to double cleansing as a way of promoting good skin health. Incorporating this particularly peaceful, relaxing cleansing technique into your skincare routine is easy to do, but it’s important to know the basics before getting started.

That’s why we’re here to present you with this guide to the basics of double cleansing and everything you need to know to do it effectively.

Compared to other, more complex skincare rituals requiring upwards of 10 or more steps and their corresponding products, double cleansing is fairly simple. However, you will need a few things if you want to do it right. 

Double cleansing derives its name from the process of cleansing your face twice. The first step in the process is done using an oil-based cleanser which is designed to draw out sebum, pollutants, makeup, and other impurities that accumulate on the skin throughout the day. Next, follow with a water-based cleanser, which takes care of water-based impurities like sweat. 

It may be intimidating to think about using an oil-based cleanser if you already have oily skin. Fear not. Because oil cleansers attract the sebum and debris sitting on your skin, they're an effective way to remove the extra oil without stripping skin dry as other, harsher products do. However be sure to cleanse with gentle botanical ingredients that are low on the comedogenic scale (meaning they won't clog your pores). Look for astringent oils like castor oil, kalahari melon oil, or sunflower oil, which are all natural cleansers and don't leave behind a greasy residue. 

Ready to get started? Check our the Safi Cleanse System for the perfect double cleanse bundle.