We’re Seeing Double! What’s the Deal with Double Cleansing?

As Asian beauty products and rituals take over your Instagram feed and favorite stores, you may have heard about different types and styles of facial cleansers. Who knew the rules to washing your face wash had changed? And, what exactly is the difference between oil cleansing and traditional foam or cream cleansers? We’re unveiling Japanese beauty secrets to incorporate into your current skin care routine.

Step one: Start with a facial cleansing oil.

One of the best kept Japanese beauty skin care secrets is double cleansing. Popular across Asia for centuries, this two-step process is actually an incredibly effective way to wash your face and remove impurities on the skin. A facial cleansing oil works to remove makeup, sunscreen and anything else that may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. Don’t let the word “oil” scare you —a cleansing oil doesn’t leave your skin greasy and is suitable for all skin types.

The SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil provides a delicate wash that truly melts away even tough waterproof makeup. Containing wild rose extract and Pitera™, this product is delicate on the skin and leaves your face feeling soft and fresh. Cleansing oils should be massaged onto your face in a circular motion and rinsed off with warm water (it’s less damaging to the skin than very hot or very cold).

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Oil and SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser

Step two: Lather away remaining impurities with a gentle foam or cream cleanser.

The second step in dual cleansing is to follow your oil wash with a traditional foam or cream cleanser. Make sure you choose an ultra-hydrating one to won’t strip moisture away from the skin or leave residue behind. This second cleanse helps remove any residual oils and purifies the skin—without leaving it dry.

The SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser leaves skin feeling smooth and soft, not dry. Work a pea-size amount of cleanser into a rich lather and massage over face and neck. Rinse off any remaining facial product and pat skin dry.

Give double cleansing a whirl in your beauty routine and reveal cleaner, brighter-looking skin!