I have oily skin and just like me, many of you should have searched for oil-free cleansers all their lives- oil free face wash, oil-free moisturizer, oil-free this and that! Never had I thought of adding oil to my skin care routine. Using oil on oily skin may sound weird, but it works wonders. You just need patience and little trial and error to find out which oil and cleanser suits you the best!
WHAT IS DOUBLE CLEANSING METHOD?
Double cleansing method is nothing but washing your face with oil! It is just what it sounds like- washing your face with oil or oil based cleanser first, and then washing again using a regular face cleanser. Adding this extra step 1 to your skin care routine can give you a glowing and naturally clear skin with time.
HOW DOES DOUBLE CLEANSING METHOD WORK?
There are two types of impurities we carry on our skin- one is oil based impurities like the sebum, makeup, sunscreen, dead skin cells etc. and another is water-based impurities like dust, dirt, sweat etc. Water and oil doesn’t go well together and you cannot use water-based product to wash off oily impurities; neither could you use oil based products to wash off water-based impurities. When you only use your usual face wash, you wash off the water-based dirt and oily residues clog pores and cause acne, blackheads and what not. In oil cleansing or double cleansing method, you first use an oil like organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil or an oil-based cleanser to wash your face that breaks down oily dirt and when you use a water-based cleanser, it breaks down water-based impurities and your skin is clean including the pores!
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO DOUBLE CLEANSING METHOD:
STEP 1: Warm little oil by rubbing it between your palms. Apply it on your dry face and massage for few minutes. Make sure you massage gently and in slow circular movements. Facial massage helps improve blood circulation, relieves stress and helps to maintain skin elasticity. Give the oil enough time to dissolve the impurities in your pores. If you are using an oil based cleanser, you may still massage this way.
STEP 2: Take a warm and damp washcloth and place it on your face. Let it be that way for 1 minute and then use it to scrub your face. This will clean away the oily residue on your face and will make your face ready for the next step.
STEP 3: Take your regular water-based cleanser and apply it on your face. Massage your face for 1 full minute using your fingers and wash off using lukewarm water. If you have a konjac sponge or face brush, you may use it in this step.
STEP 4: After you are done, pat dry your face with a towel and follow up with your CTM routine.