Meri Meri
last year

Double cleanser

Hello team,

I want to ask about the double cleanser. Do you need to use two different cleansers to remove SPF? I think there’s a lot of misinformation around—many thanks.

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When you double cleanse, you're cleansing and removing purities in two different ways which leads to more being removed while keeping it gentle.
So the oil cleanser binds to other oils, dissolving sebum, sunscreen, makeup
The water based cleanser gets into the pores to help remove things, it gets rid of sweat, any griminess, and environmental pollution.
The combination means you can go deeper than surface cleaning, since the oil cleansers are filled with nourishing oils, you end up with soft, supple skin that is also clean, without it being stripped. It's a very effective and gentle way of unclogging pores. I've found it to be one of the best changes I ever made to my skincare routine
The two step method is something that has been used for centuries, Korean and Japanese women needed a way to remove the heavy cosmetics they wore.

With removing sunscreen, if the cleanser you use is a very gentle one, then yes a double cleanse will help you a lot, people tend to find the initial cleanse isn't enough to get a properly clean face

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Thank you so much for your response. It’s very clear. I will get oil cleanser next time. Do you think stick cleanser and milk cleanser can do the job? Many thanks again for your help.

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I’ve heard only to double cleanse if the spf is water resistant. Otherwise a generous single cleanse is okay (that’s what I do every day!)

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Thanks Meh for your response. I will keep in mind. Thanks again.

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Yes, in general single generous cleanse is the most gentle approach (assuming the cleanser is gentle as well), but with water resistant make up and sunscreens might need more than a usual cleanser. A thick cleansing balm could do the job in one cleanse though - so really up to you. It is generally better to avoid double cleansing if your skin is prone to sensitivity

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What about with mineral sunscreen. I always feel like it’s harder to get off in general?

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You only need to double cleanse if you use spf or makeup. I started using a great oil and soap hybrid, so I don’t have to buy two separate cleansers to do the double cleansing routine. I use La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP+ Gentle Foaming Cleansing Oil based on the recommendation from a YouTuber NoBSBeauty. It works wonders! It doesn’t break my skin out or dry it out.

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