How to double cleanse

Cleansing your skin, morning and evening, is probably one of the most important step in your skincare routine but cleansing your skin properly is even more important. Just think that your face is like a painting, you need a blank canvas to paint beautiful things. In our everyday life, on top of what you put on your face (make up, spf etc...) we come across daily pollutants like smoke or car pollution all this combined with dead skin cells, grimes, dirt, sweat, sebum etc...

This is a lot for your skin to take in and this is why cleansing is absolutely essential to keep it clean and healthy and to prevent breakouts! If your skin isn't cleanse properly, anything else that is good (essence, serum, anti ageing etc) would not be able to penetrate through the layers of dirt, dead skin cell and sebum.


So What is double cleansing?

Simply put, it's cleansing your skin twice, one after the other, starting with an oil based cleanser first followed by a water based cleanser.

The oil based cleanser will remove excess oil, make up and sunscreen.

The water based cleanser will remove the other impurities like sweat and dirt.


Is it necessary to do both?

A little bit of science here will help you understand. Oil and water don't mix so you need both to draw out oil and water based impurities. 


So if oil and water don't mix, how do you wash off the oil cleanser?

Oil cleansers specifically made for skincare are water soluble. Adding water to it will change its formula into a non greasy (surprisingly) emulsion that enable you to wash your face. 


Can I use coconut oil as my oil cleanser?

As a one off cleanser: Yes

Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it because it won't emulsify so you will need to wash it off with warm water that could then lead to blocked pipes, it can cause break out, it's comedogenic and will block your pores!

Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer for hair and body so let's leave it that way!


Can I use cleansing oil if I have oily/ acne prone skin?

Absolutely! Of course it all depends on your skincare routine and what products you already use. Oil based skincare will hydrate and help heal and repair your skin much quickly as it contains the fatty acids your skin needs. A bit like the good and bad cholesterol in the body, your skin needs the good oils without going into overcompensation mode. In fact, by not removing make up and other debris properly will cause breakouts and congestion. Using harsh cleansers will strip your face of its natural oils and therefore your skin will try to overcompensate for the dryness by producing more oil, which will lead to more breakouts, irritation and redness.


How do you find the right cleansers?

Sadly not all cleansers are created equal so make sure you read the label and ingredients carefully and stay clear of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), parabens, mineral oil, synthetics dye.

Our whamisa range is completely organic and free of nasties. Check it out here.

Step by step

Step 1

Pump the oil cleanser and gently massage it all over your face in a upwards circular motions. Add water to your face to emulsify the product and massage again. This will gently remove daily debris such as excess sebum, make up and sunscreen. Rinse off with lukewarm water.


Step 2

After the oil cleanser, add foam or cream cleanser to your face and massage it again all over your face in a gentle upward circular motions. This step will remove water based impurities such as sweat and dirt. Rinse off with lukewarm water.


Repeat morning and evening.