what is double cleansing

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Double cleansing is cleansing the skin twice, first with an oil-based cleanser, then with a water-based, gel or cream cleanser. The Dermalogica Double Cleanse - aka the secret to ultra-clean, healthy-looking skin, easily removes layers of build-up, make-up, skin care products, and oily debris. The process of double cleansing allows your second cleanse to penetrate even further for a professional level of clean.

why you need to double cleanse

Our research shows, we only spend about 20 seconds cleansing our faces with standard face washes or make-up removal wipes. That's not enough to penetrate those layers of debris that can accumulate throughout the day, especially if you love to wear make-up or live in a polluted area. After a single cleanse your skin is left with excess sebum (oil), make-up, pollutants, and grime that give your skin a dull, congested appearance and prevents your skin care from doing its best work.

Cleansing twice with the same cleanser also doesn’t necessarily thoroughly cleanse the skin completely. This is why Dermalogica developed a Double Cleanse technique that involves cleansing first with an oil-based formula, followed by a water-based gel or cream cleanser.

benefits of an oil-based pre-cleanser

Chemistry tells us, “Like attracts like” which is why Dermalogica formulates oil-based pre-cleansers for use as the first step in your double cleanse to deconstruct and dissolve layers of oily build-up for a deeper clean. Oil-based cleansers are suitable for all skin types and quickly melt through long-wear and water-proof makeup, sunscreen, and pollutants, leaving skin cleaner compared to a standard water-based cleanser or cleansing wipe. An oil-based cleanser doesn’t just break down debris; it helps fortify your skin barrier, softens the skin, and allows the targeted ingredients in your second cleanser and other products in your regimen to work more effectively to get you the results you want.

how to double cleanse

step one:

With dry hands, apply our original PreCleanse cleansing oil or our nourishing, milky Micellar Prebiotic PreCleanse over a dry face and eyes to attract and dissolve surface oil and dirt and remove make-up. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris. Wet your hands and continue massaging to create a milky emulsion before rinsing away with lukewarm water.

PreCleanse is suitable for all skins and ideal for balanced to oily skin. Deep cleansing oils of Borage Seed, Apricot Kernel, Kukui Nut, Rice Bran, and Sunflower Seed melt away make-up, impurities and sunscreen whist conditioning and nourishing the skin.

Micellar Prebiotic PreCleanse is suitable for all skins and ideal for dry and sensitive skin. The light milky formula contains Murumuru Butter, Oat milk, Apricot Kernel Oil, Cotton Seed Protein, and a Prebiotic Blend to attract and dissolve make-up, sunscreen, and impurities. The gentle micelles thoroughly lifts debris whilst the microbiome balancing prebiotics replenish.


step two:

Wash your face with your prescribed Dermalogica cleanser to remove any residual impurities and treat your underlying skin condition. The result? A thorough clean that sets you up for your healthiest-looking skin daily.

Your prescribed Dermalogica cleanser targets your skin’s specific needs. Find out which cleanser is best for you and your skin condition with our cleanser guide or shop all our cleansers here.