Is Double Cleansing Right for You and Your Skincare Routine?

Is Double Cleansing Right for You and Your Skincare Routine?

16 January 2023


If you're obsessed with skincare and always on the hunt for the latest trends, you've probably heard of Double Cleansing – a revolutionary new skincare technique incorporating two cleansers into your daily skincare routine. 

Two cleansers and two trusted formulas reduce the risk of irritation and eliminate bacteria in your pores, which maintains the integrity of your skin, moving you closer to achieving your skincare goals. 

We're here to walk you through how to double cleanse. Let's take a closer look:



Is Double Cleansing Right for You and Your Skincare Routine?

Every good skincare routine needs at least five things: Gentle cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliant, and sunscreen. Unfortunately, washing your face before bed and sticking to a strict routine is no guarantee of avoiding irritation, redness, and clogged pores, all signs that you should revamp your skincare routine with the double cleansing method.


What does Double Cleanse mean?

Simply put, it's washing your face twice with two different products: an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen and a water-based cleanser to increase the effectiveness of other skincare essentials. This extra cleansing step helps your go-to moisturizers, serums, and creams penetrate deep into your skin. Here's how your routine may look:


  • After a long day, refresh your skin with an oil face cleanse.
  • Rinse with room temperature water.
  • Before towel-drying your face, massage a water-based cleanser into your skin.
  • Rinse off the remaining cleanser with room temperature water and pat dry with a washcloth.



Is Double Cleansing for Everyone?

The double cleansing method is commonly used daily as part of your evening skincare routine, though before first use, it's a good idea to consider your skin's unique needs. Some people only need one nutrient-rich gentle cleanser to eliminate the unwanted dirt, grime, and bacteria that cause irritation and redness. However, double cleansing might be for you if your skincare routine isn't producing results or you're constantly battling acne.



Always Cleanse According To Skin Type

Everyone’s skin is different and requires individualized care, so prioritize products that complement your unique skin type or skincare concerns.

Oily Skin

When your sebaceous gland produces too much sebum, it leads to oily skin that looks waxy and oily, particularly in your T-Zone. 

A gentle and effective cleanser is formulated to cleanse your skin without stripping your face’s natural oils. If you have oily skin, you’ll want to avoid irritants, fragrances, and other synthetic ingredients, as these often lead to more harm than good. Instead, look for cleansers with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid. 

The double cleansing method helps to eliminate the build-up of unwanted dirt, grime, and bacteria in your pores, decreasing acne breakouts and irritation. The additional step also balances natural oils to leave your skin feeling revived and refreshed. 

If you're not yet ready to double cleanse, consider The Cream Cleansing Gel, our revitalizing daily cleanser formulated with gentle botanicals, essential fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants.


Dry Skin

Dry or sensitive skin requires extra care and specific formulas, so be wary of your cleanser choice. Many are formulated with alcohol or other synthetic ingredients, which can overly dry your skin. 

With that in mind, if you have very dry skin or pesky dry patches you can't seem to eliminate, be careful with the double cleanse trend – two cleansers can aggravate dry or sensitive skin and leave you with redness or irritation. 

If you need a different solution, try The Cleansing Balm, formulated with ultra-hydrating coconut and avocado oils. During our user trials, over 98% of participants agreed that their skin felt more balanced and hydrated. With The Cleansing Balm, you can wash away your day without stripping or disrupting your skin’s pH levels.

Double Cleanse Prevents Breakouts

The double cleansing method best suits people with acne-prone skin or constant breakouts. Since both cleansers work together to eliminate the bacteria that cause acne, it makes sense to seek out products formulated with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as glycolic acid, avocado oil, or vitamin E. 

However, it's always important to listen to your skin. If you aren't careful, this method can strip away skin moisture and break down the skin barrier. Start slowly by using the technique during your nighttime routine, and when you see results, incorporate a double cleanse into your morning routine.



Augustinus Bader The Double Cleanse

Ready to experience double cleansing firsthand? The Double Cleanse from Augustinus Bader is the ultimate skin prep for those who’d like to introduce this method into their skincare routine. Both TFC8®-powered cleansers hydrate, nourish, and revitalize, with gentle formulas to reset your skin and deliver the refined complexion you crave.

Start shopping today to experience the Augustinus Bader difference.