The art of the double-cleanse was originally brought into focus by the popularity of Japanese skincare routines. While this has just recently gained more traction in mainstream skincare news, double-cleansing has been practiced in Japan for centuries. Cleansing multiple times is also a typical component of the traditional 10-step K-beauty skincare routine.
Both methods include washing your face first with an oil-based cleanser, followed by washing with a water-based face wash afterward. This ensures that every single trace of makeup, dirt, and pollutants is effectively removed from your skin first, allowing the ingredients in your second cleanser to do its job, addressing your specific skin concerns, with no interruption.
It may sound excessive, but double-cleansing can be a serious game-changer, especially if you suffer from skin issues like acne, dullness, or an oily T-zone. According to Women’s Health, using a cleansing oil can actually help people who suffer from oily skin by balancing out the natural production of oils and reducing overall inflammation. Read on to discover our editor-tested cleansing oils and get ready to elevate your skincare routine.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
We can’t get enough of this classic cleansing oil from DHC. This is the perfect pick if you’re new to the world of using a cleanser before your cleanser. For heavier makeup days, we recommend keeping a bottle of the DHC Olive Concentrated Cleansing Oil in your skincare rotation as well.
Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Oil
If you have sensitive skin, or even a skin condition like eczema, you have to be especially careful with the type of cleanser you use. This cleansing oil from Bioderma was specifically formulated to be gentle on this type of skin.
Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil
Boscia offers an effective and affordable cleansing oil that does literally what its name says it does. The MakeUp-BreakUp oil is formulated with rose hip, green tea, avocado, and olive-fruit oil, all ingredients rich in vitamin E, which protects against free-radical damage.
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil
This lightweight cleansing oil offers a delicate blend of blueberry, borage, cucumber, and sunflower oils. Just glide this oil on after a long day to melt off makeup and dirt and enjoy a supple, hydrated complexion.
Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil
Legendary skincare brand Erno Laszlo offers an assortment of oil cleansers for every skin type. For normal skin types, we love the Phelityl variation, formulated with 12 different essential oils to nourish and deeply cleanse the skin.