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First things first, I am OLD y’all. Like turning 36 tomorrow old, and I promise I’m not saying that just so you will come back tomorrow and wish me a Happy Birthday. Or am I?? HA! Anyway, I threw out my age to tell you that since I’m probably older than most of you reading this post you should believe me when I tell you I have done a lot of things to my skin and you should trust me when I tell you something works because I have literally tried everything at least once. #TWSS
I have been double cleansing since before it was a “thing”. I remember going to the Clinique counter in my early 20’s (the early 2000’s for those of you keeping count) and was only there to purchase my usual face wash and toner (my RIDE-OR-DIE toner) when a sales girl from behind the counter asked me if she could help me. The dreaded up-sell…UGH.
I told her that I only used Clinique’s face wash and toner and that was it and I was legit PROUD of myself. You see, all through high school and college I only washed my face once a day and that was when I was in the shower in the mornings. I didn’t wash my face before bed and went to bed with a full face of makeup on every single night. Just typing that right now is making me cringe. I am just LUCKY that I had good skin that didn’t break out much because I treated my skin like CRAP when I was a teenager.
Fast forward to my early 20’s and I had moved on to splurging on face wash and toner from the Clinique counter that I used religiously both morning and night. While this was a great step in the right direction and so much better than only washing my face in the shower it was still lacking in a lot of ways!
That sales girl behind the Clinique counter told me that while washing the makeup off my face before bed was a good step in the right direction I needed to wash it twice…one time to take the makeup off and another time to actually clean my face. MIND = BLOWN.
I took that piece of advice very seriously and have been double cleansing ever since. At first it was just with the same face wash twice, which is just fine but skincare has come such a long way since then!! My favorite way to double cleanse these days is with a cleansing balm first to get the makeup off my face and then again with a super gentle exfoliator (with NO sulfate!!) to make sure my skin is squeaky clean!
Why use a cleansing balm over a cleansing oil? Because oils are messy! HA! If you know me at all then you know I am a total klutz and while I LOVE cleansing oils and used them for a long time I would literally waste half of the product because it was dripping down my arms and chest. So annoying! So I switched to cleansing balms a few years ago and haven’t looked back!
My current favorite cleansing balms are Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm (which I talked about in depth in this post) and Heladerm’s Pro Melting Cleanser.
Both of these cleansing balms are super easy to use. You just scoop a little out with the spatula provided with each and then you can either rub it between your fingers to start melting it or put it straight on your dry face and rub it in slooooowly to make it melt into an oil. Once it’s melted and you feel like all of the makeup is dissolved you can just wash it off with a makeup wipe, washcloth, or with water and then follow with your second face wash. I prefer to wash it off with straight water and then use my Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub as my second face wash.
The amazing people at Heladerm gifted me with this cleansing balm but I can honestly say it is truly wonderful!! This luxurious cleansing balm contains good for your skin ingredients like sweet almond, bergamot, lavender and coconut oils, shea butter, vitamin E and ginseng root gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses.
This cleansing balm is super gentle and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, which is a good thing because the only makeup I’m wearing these days is mascara and brows and so that’s where I use my cleansing balm! But it does a fantastic job at getting off every little bit of eye makeup that I use!
So if you have been in the market for a GREAT cleansing balm that is budget friendly to try then you should check out the Heladerm Melting Cleanser for sure! You can find it on the Heladerm website but I think it’s out of stock but it’s also available on Amazon and it’s a Prime item! YASSSSSSS!!!
Back to double cleansing…if you have just been washing your face once that’s great but you should totally try double cleansing, even if you don’t wear makeup! Washing your face the first time not only gets the makeup off but also sweat, pollution, old skin cells, bacteria and so much more!
So if you are just stating your skincare journey or just need to switch it up then I highly suggest double cleansing!
Do you double cleanse??
What are your favorite double cleansing products??