Is double cleansing— the practice of washing your face twice in a row with two different types of cleansers— the key to achieving that bridal glow?
The daily ritual has long been popular in Asia and is now a rising beauty trend here too. So, can washing your face twice really help you radiate on your wedding day? Experts say yes, as long as you do it right. "The problem with cleansing too much is you can disrupt the moisture barrier of the skin and create sensitivity," says Jeanette Graf, a New York City-based dermatologist. Plus, with a properly cleansed complexion, your serums and creams are bound to work better and deeply penetrate the skin. Here, we give you a step-by-step guide on how to double cleanse the right way — without over doing it.
Step One: First things first, remove your makeup. Use a product specifically designed for makeup removal. We like Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes ($7, Aveeno).
Step Two: Cleanse with a product meant for your specific skin type. If you have acne-prone skin, opt for an oil-based cleanser, which eliminates impurities and maintains moisture. Try Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($32, Shiseido). Dry or sensitive skin? Try a micellar cleansing water. "They grab the dirt without any rinsing, which can dry out skin," says Graf. We love Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water ($7, available at Drugstore.com).
Extra credit: Twice a week, make it a triple cleanse and exfoliate! "You need to remove dead skin cells, because they impede good ingredients and make the skin look dull," says Graf, who prefers chemical peels over grainy scrubs. "A chemical peel knows exactly how deep it needs to go and it gets the job done," she says. Try Glytone Step-Up Boost Mini Peel Gel ($60, available at Dermstore).