Dermatologists and beauty authors are the most passionate evangelists of the good skin habits which except daily SPF wear never sleep with your makeup. I was fussy about removing my make-up every night before I went to bed since I was a teenager, and yet I was aware of the double cleaning until a few months ago when Sejal Shah a board Certified Dermatologist and Founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, carefully reviewed all the steps in my Skin Care Routine and recommended that I begin with the double cleanup.
"Doublecleaning is a method of cleansing the skin skin first with an oil-based cleanser and again using a water-based cleanser," she says SELF. "The idea is that the oil-based cleanser breaks down make-up, dirt and oils on the skin, and the water-based cleanser flushes away the remaining residue."
So I realized that I only have my wiping face with micellar water was only half of a neat cleaning routine.
Fortunately, working on SELF led me to discover Eve Lom Cleanser $ 50, and this has completely changed the way I wash my face. This thick, balsam-like cleanser features one of the OG balsam cleaners available on the market and contains a muslin cloth to remove the product. The balm combines four aromatic vegetable oils, including eucalyptus, Egyptian chamomile, clove and hops to remove dirt and other contaminants. Although it is not unpleasant, the smell is strong and it took me a while to get used to it.
I quickly became a fan of the cleaner's great make-up removal capabilities, though the application process is tedious. I scoop out a quarter size of the pistachio colored product from the tub and massage it in gentle circular motions over forehead, temples, cheeks, nose, chin, neck and ears (can not forget these!) About a minute or so. Then I dip the muslin washcloth in hot water, squeeze out the excess and put it over my face so that the formula can melt when my pores open. I will repeat this three times according to the recommended instructions of the product. Then I fold the cloth into a square and wipe the product with circular motions. Finally, I rinse the muslin a fourth and last time in cold water and place it on my cleansed skin to close my pores. In describing this elaborate process, it feels like Patrick Bateman is doing something in American Psycho but I love this movie as much as this cleaner, so I am both enthusiastic.
Dr. Shah says, in the second step of a two-step cleanse, you can choose a cleanser that will appeal to your specific skin type or your concern, but I feel that I can get that from Eve Lom Cleanser myself. It is designed for all skin types. I have dry skin, and the gentle balm does not make my face look spotty or red, as is the case with other astringent products.
For my second step of double cleaning, I use a micellar water to remove any remaining make-up traces. The combination of both products really feels like removing the dirt and grime that accumulates on my skin. This dual cleansing will leave my skin feeling fresh even after long days of pollution in New York City. And I have the feeling that my moisturizer and my serum penetrate my skin better than after a single cleansing.
With a $ 50 price tag for a 1.7 ounce tub, the Eve Lom Cleanser is one of the most expensive items in my skincare collection, do not use it daily. The process is also time consuming, so if I feel lazy or if my skin does not feel extremely dirty, I will opt for another Oily Detergent – I'm a fan of Kopari & # 39; s Coconut Oil Cleaner $ 32 – and then with micellar water.
If you want to do a double cleanup every night (and I say, do it!), Dr. Shah the choice of products that are not overly drying. If you have sensitive, dry skin, you may want to start with it a few times a week, she adds.