Master the double cleanse with these tips and tricks When it comes to your skin sometimes twice is better than once.

Make dinner – check. Call a friend to catch-up – check. Watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones before bed – check. Double cleanse – do two swipes of micellar water count? Don’t think you have time for it, then you might be surprised to find out that it isn’t as hard or time-consuming as you may think.

What is double-cleansing?

Chances are you already know what double-cleansing is because it seems like everyone and their mother has been talking about it – but let’s review, just in case. Double-cleansing, as the name suggests, is a two-step process that thoroughly removes dirt, oil and pollution from your skin. In the first step an oil-based cleanser is used, and in the second step, a water-based one. Some products like Total Renew Oil are both an oil and water based cleanser in one, which lets you do the double cleanse all in one step – you see, double-cleansing doesn’t have to be time-consuming!

This method has been employed in Asia for centuries (according to legend Japanese geishas double-cleansed in order to remove their thick layers of makeup), and then it started to become popular in the Western World a few years ago. It’s really started to catch on because people find that their skin feels cleaner (there’s less residue on the cotton pads when they swipe toner on their face afterwards) when they double-cleanse, compared to traditional ways of removing their makeup.

How to double-cleanse

We recommend doing the double-cleanse at night. All it takes is a few minutes:

Step 1: Pump a bit Total Renew Oil into dry palms, rub them together and then apply the product all over your face (make sure it’s dry as well). Use your fingertips to massage it into your skin, let it sit for a few seconds, and then splash a bit of warm water onto your face. Massage your skin again until the cleanser begins to foam and then rinse thoroughly.

Step 2: Blot your skin dry with a towel after, swipe on some toner with a cotton pad and then finish with a moisturizer.

Top tip: If you don’t use Total Renew Oil, make sure that the cleansing products you choose don’t strip the skin of its natural oils – especially if you have sensitive skin. The last thing you want to do is create more dryness (or stimulate more sebum production)!

Making double-cleansing part of your nightly routine is simple, and that extra step will take your skin from good to great.