Ridding our skin of heavy make-up, excess oils and dirt can be complex, with residue often left on our faces overnight.
The answer to this cleansing conundrum is double cleansing. “The first cleanse removes superficial debris, while the second assists in balancing the natural oil flow,” says Ultraceuticals’ Beeby.
She recommends using either a quality micellar water or cleansing oil for your first cleanse. While using oil to help lift make-up off your face may sound counter-intuitive, oil has great cleansing properties and can breakdown oil-based products like foundations and mascaras more effectively. However, oils have to be followed up by a lathering product to rid the skin of impurities.
For your second cleanse, the product should ideally be matched to your skin type. “Dry skins have a preference for hydrating milk cleansers and oily and combination skins are more suited to gel or foam-based cleansers,” says Beeby. “Sensitive skins work well with micellar water and problematic skin is best treated with an antibacterial cleanser.” TRY: 1. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, $54. 2. Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil, $77. 3. Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Micellar Solution, $49. 4. Environ Pre-cleansing Oil, $49. 5. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, $37. 6. Linden Leaves Skin Refining Cream Cleanser, $40.