There’s been a lot of discussion in the beauty industry regarding a 2-step face cleansing process. As an aesthetician, I’m just thrilled when my clients clean their face every day! However, if you’d like to take your cleansing routine up a notch, I’ve done some research on what a two-step cleansing process is and how it’s beneficial.
Step One: Cleanse with Oil
Cleansing with oil is recommended as the first step to remove makeup and break down the dirt and sunscreen residing on the surface of the skin. This would be done at the end of the day, ideally before bedtime.
Take a quarter size amount of oil (the type of oil will be dependent on your skin – this guide can help determine the oil right for you). In circular motions start on the outer edges of your face, working your way towards the t-zone and eye area. This will keep the oil on the dryer parts of your skin the longest, such as the cheeks.
There is some debate on whether oil should be applied to damp or dry skin; I think it’s more a matter of preference than anything. But since oil and water don’t mix well, if you want to apply to a damp face just make sure it’s not dripping wet. Gently damp from a washcloth or fingertips will suffice.
Massage for at least a minute or two, you can even cleanse your eyes and lashes with the oil. In fact oil is wonderful for conditioning and coating eyelashes. Just make sure your eyes remain closed the entire time or you could experience some burning or cloudiness in the eyes. Rinse with warm water to remove the oil and everything else that comes with it.
Step Two: Use a Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Next is your second cleansing using a gentle foam or gel cleanser. This cleansing will remove any excess oil left on the skin. This time you should start in the t-zone area and work your way out to the dryer parts of the face. Most foam cleansers can be immediately applied to damp skin and gel cleansers should be lathered in your hands first and then applied to your face. Working in circular motions, massage the skin as you cleanse, it’s wonderful for lymphatic drainage and you’ll hit a few pressure points around the nose that help clear the sinuses. Rinse with warm water when you are done.
Homemade Foaming Cleanser
- 1/4 cup castile soap
- 1 cup distilled/purified water
- empty, clean foam dispenser bottle
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)- this guide is ideal for choosing an essential oil for your skin
Combine ingredients and shake before using.
The recent love for oil is one of the motivations for this trend of two-step cleansing. As always, I encourage you to test the waters and determine whether it’s right for you. Change is hard, but sometimes the benefits are well worth the extra time and effort. Your skin is worth it!