I’m always talking about the importance of feeding your skin with the best ingredients in order to see long lasting change. But technique also plays a major part in skin transformation. This is where the double cleansing method steps in…
The double cleansing method is a simple technique you can implement into your beauty routine to bring about long-lasting change in your skin’s health. Think super clean, balanced, glowing skin!
You’ve no doubt heard of the double cleansing method before, especially if you read beauty blogs (we can’t stop talking about it!). But it’s not just some whimsical beauty-blogger fad. There’s good reason why we are buzzing all over the internet about this Japanese-inspired two-step cleansing method.
It involves two simple steps:
Phase 1 removes “the day” from your face (makeup, dirt etc.) with an oil-based cleanser.
Phase 2 is the action of “cleansing” your skin with a purifying cleanser.
Since discovering the double cleansing method a few years back, I’ve been doing it at least 3-4 times a week and, no kidding, I’ve seen such a dramatic transformation in my skin. I’m talking brighter skin tone, cleaner pores, and far less need to balance out tight skin after cleansing with a ridiculously super hydrating moisturizer. My skin generally feels balanced now. The change is truly amazing.
Nancy Newsom, founder and chief alchemist of plant-based organic skin care line, Botanic Organic, advocates the double cleansing method and has created some beautiful cleansers which were specifically designed for this technique.
Nancy kindly sent me (among others) these beautiful cleansers to review:
Honey & Licorice Root Daily Cleansing Grains (USD$22.00)
Botanic Organic’s tangerine & lemon facial cleansing oil is to be used in the first phase of the double cleansing method.
There’s a few things about this cleanser which deserve a special mention. Firstly, it has the most intoxicating aroma. If citrus is your thing, you’re going to love this cleanser. I know a superior quality citrus oil when I smell it, and this one is GOOD. Lemon and tangerine essential oils are excellent for brightening a pale, dull complexion as they remove dead skin cells. It also contains jojoba, apricot kernel and sunflower oils which are super gentle and will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturized.
What I loved the most about this cleanser is how easy it was to remove. It is formulated to wash off easily with water – a nice change to most oil based cleansers which require a warm face washer to remove. With this tangerine & lemon facial cleansing oil, I simply massaged the product onto my face and neck, dissolving any make up and dirt and paying close attention to my forehead and nose where impurities tend to gather. I then splashed some warm water onto my face and it washed away easily. So simple!
Botanic Organic’s honey and licorice root daily cleaning grains is to be used in the second phase of the double cleansing method, which is for the purpose of purifying the skin.
These beautiful cleansing grains are so gentle. They contain coconut milk, licorice root, oatmeal and honey. Coconut milk removes any residual oil left over from the first step, while oatmeal gently exfoliates, drawing impurities from the skin and unclogging pores.
Licorice root is one of those incredible super multi-functional ingredients. It moisturizes, brightens the skin, helps to disperse pigment, reduces redness and inflammation and potentially offers UV protection. Combined with honey, this is the perfect natural, non-drying cleanser. Together, these ingredients offer a beautiful purifying cleanser that won’t dry out your skin, and will leave you glowing.
Using wet hands, I gently massaged the cleansing grains onto my skin for about one minute, creating a thin paste. The soft, circular, upward motion stimulates circulation and relaxes tense muscles (stress and tension causes wrinkles, so relax ladies!). I then rinsed the grains off with warm water.