Things you’re doing wrong when double cleansing

Things you’re doing wrong when double cleansing

Have you jumped on the double cleansing bandwagon yet? If not, then you’re missing out. Double cleansing is a skincare game changer that will leave your face clean yet hydrated. And it’s a guaranteed way of keeping acne at bay and promoting a radiant and youthful glow! But in all honesty, it took me a while to get double cleansing right. I’d been at it for a while, but wasn't seeing the results promised, making me realize that I was making some mistakes. 

The biggest mistake I made was to not remove the oil cleanser entirely before moving on to the next step. The remaining residue was clogging up my pores, leading to more frequent breakouts and I was at my wits end, trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. By learning from some of the mistakes, I’ve optimized my double cleansing technique and my skin has never looked better and my skincare routine is no longer a mess. Because when done right, double cleansing can be a game changer for your skin. 

So before you dive into it, there are a few things you need to know and today we’ll be discussing all those. So keep on reading!

Over time, double cleansing has become a cornerstone in many skincare enthusiast’s routines, fostering a renewed emphasis on the importance of a meticulously cleansed canvas. We’ve all been there-rushing through our skincare routine at the end of the day. But when it comes to double cleansing, you need to slow down to get it right and avoid messing it up. The following are a few mistakes you need to avoid making:

Mistake number 1

One common mistake people make when double cleansing is applying the oil cleanser to already wet skin. The optimal way to use an oil cleanser is to apply it to dry skin initially. By doing so, the oil can effectively break down makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum. Massaging the oil onto dry skin helps lift away impurities. The next step involves emulsifying the oil by adding a small amount of water, creating a milky texture that further aids in cleansing. However, applying the oil cleanser to wet skin from the start may hinder its ability to effectively dissolve and lift away oil-based impurities, potentially compromising the thoroughness of the double cleansing process. Remember, the key is to start with a dry face for the oil cleanser to work its best before moving on to the water-based cleanser.

Mistake number 2

One of the biggest mistakes people make when double cleansing is not properly massaging the oil cleanser into their skin. Massaging gently yet thoroughly will help with removing impurities. Take a good amount of time massaging the oil cleanser. It is designed to remove excess sebum, simply applying it and rinsing it off won’t do the trick. 

You need to massage it gently with the oil cleanser into your face for at least 30 seconds to a minute. Use small circular motions, starting from the forehead to really go in on the side of your nose, targeting the problem areas. Massaging will help to  unclog pores, allowing the cleanser to deeply penetrate. 

This will also help increase the blood flow, which carries oxygen to your cells and helps remove waste. The massage technique warms up your facial muscles and relaxes your mind too, so it’s a win-win.

Mistake number 3

After applying the oil cleanser, use lukewarm water to wash it off. Water that is too hot can potentially strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness. Hot water can disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier and cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s advisable to use lukewarm water for cleansing to maintain a balance between effectively removing impurities and preserving your skin’s natural hydration.

Instead use water that is slightly warm or room temperature. Splash the water onto your face and gently massage with your fingertips to loosen the oil cleanser and rinse it away. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and follow up with your regular water based cleanser. 

Mistake number 4

Rushing through our skincare routine we tend to skip some skincare steps. One of the mistakes people make is that they skip the second cleanser which is the water based cleanser. 

While the oil cleanser helps to remove the impurities, it is likely that it can clog the pores if not properly removed. Oil cleansers contain oils and waxes themselves. If you don't follow up with a water based cleanser, these oils and waxes can be left behind, clogging pores and preventing your other skincare products from absorbing properly. 

Complete your skincare routine with a water-based cleanser to eliminate any remaining residue. Consider incorporating the Leovard Multicleanser, featuring potent ingredients like papaya extract, lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid. With hyaluronic acid added to the formulation for hydration, it ensures a thorough cleanse without stripping the skin. 

Mistake number 5

Your skin is very delicate, and it should be handled with care. Rubbing your skin harshly when cleansing is a mistake many make and can actually harm your skin. Scrubbing it too harshly can irritate your skin and damage the skin barrier, leaving it dry and sensitized.

Gently massage the oil onto your skin using light, circular motions. Apply light pressure and take your time, spending at least 60 seconds massaging to fully dissolve the makeup and the gunk buildup. Gently double cleanse to get rid of all the extra sebum production to have clear skin.

How to double cleanse the right way

Here's a general guide on how to use an oil cleanser:

Start with Dry Skin: Apply the oil cleanser to dry skin, avoiding wetting your face initially.

Massage Gently: Massage the oil onto your face using gentle, circular motions. This helps to break down and lift away impurities.

Emulsify with Water: After massaging, add a small amount of water to your face. The oil will emulsify, turning into a milky texture. This emulsification process helps to further break down and lift away impurities.

Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse your face thoroughly with water to remove the emulsified oil along with the impurities.

Follow with a Water-Based Cleanser: After you’re done with the oil cleanser, you should always go for a water based cleanser to remove the dirt and the remaining oil cleasner’s residue. This step is especially important if you have concerns about clogged pores or acne.

Apply Moisturizer: After you’re done with cleansing, always follow up with a moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This helps to lock-in the moisture, making your skin soft and supple.


So there you have it, common mistakes people make when double cleansing. Remember, double cleansing is meant to effectively remove all traces of dirt, oil and makeup from your skin without stripping your skin. When done right, it leaves your skin feeling soft, clean and ready to absorb all the goodness from the ingredients in the rest of your skincare products. So avoid these common mistakes and be consistent with your routine, your skin will thank you! 

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