Everyone knows I love skincare and one of the first questions people ask is "what is your skincare routine?". The truth is I don't have a set skincare routine, the products I use shift daily and let's just be real here sometimes I get lazy and a 10 step skincare routine goes out the window. One thing that I always stay loyal to is a double cleanse. Yes you heard me and for those of you who can't make it out of bed to wash your face I'm hear to say you should be washing that face of yours twice.
Step 1: The Oil Cleanse
Traditional gel or foam cleanser really struggles with breaking down makeup and sunscreen. This product build up can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. If you were thinking 'then get a stronger cleanser' your wrong because using a stripping cleanser can lead to dehydration and increased oil production. So the first step of your cleansing routine should be some sort of oil cleanser. Not only does this step give the skin extra nourishment, but the fatty oil actually breakdowns product residue effectively and gently.
If you had extra couple of minutes you could really pamper your skin and really work the oil into your skin ...aka facial message. The benefits of facial message are lymphatic drainage and increased circulation. Some people even compare the effects of facial message to Botox, just saying!
Your oil or balm cleanser doesn't have to cost you a fortune, a great drug store option is the Super Facialist (review here). Likewise if you wanted a cleansing oil for sensitive skin the Avene Lipid Replishing Cleansing Oil is one of my all-time favourites (review here). Coconut oil lovers you will be happy to hear that you can use this miracle oil too! Whatever oil your choose make sure to always apply to dry skin.
Step 2: The Final Cleanse
So with the gunk on your face throughly removed you can get the most out of your cleanser. I highly recommend using a cleanser that is best suited for your skin type. One of my favourite cleansers is the Clarins Daily Energizer CleansingGel. I find the Clarins gentle, effective and leaves my skin looking bright. Dare I even say it is good for most skin types too. Whatever cleanser you choose remember a cleanser should never feel your face feeling stripped, tight or irrtated.
With the two step cleanse your skincare products will work better and your makeup will apply better. If your still thinking I'm nuts, I challenge you to the two step cleanse... trust me your skin will thank me for it!