Why You Should Double Cleanse Your Skin

I asked our ESPA Expert Heather one of the most commonly googled skincare questions,

“should you double cleanse your skin?”

and this is what she had to say:

Yes we absolutely should!  A lot of people are still wondering if they should be double cleansing, when they should be doing it and why they should be doing it.

Everyone should be double cleansing, especially in the evening, whether you wear make up or not. The first cleanse is all about removing any make up, sun screen or pollution that may be on the skin. The second cleanse will then really treat and cleanse the skin and its not got all your make up etc to work through. This is why it is particularly important to do it in the evening. It also means that whatever products you then go on to use (oils, serums, moisturisers) are going to work even better.  

Some of my favourite ESPA cleansers to use for my double cleanse are: 

Hydrating Cleansing Milk

  • This is a gentle rose scented cleanser with Chamomile and Marshmallow flowers.  
  • It smells beautiful and feels like a cool, silky veil on the skin. 
  • It is suitable for all skin types but is particularly beneficial for quenching dehydrated skin, and for soothing more delicate, sensitive skin.  
  • Can be used AM & PM- remove with water or cotton wool. 
  • What’s great about this is its multipurpose function. It is also a wonderfully light moisturiser for young skin prone to dehydration.  
  • It’s also a cooling, soothing, hydrating after- sun for the face and body. 
  • It can also be used as a daily face and body moisturiser and leaves the skin delicately scented 

I follow this with the Optimal Skin ProCleanser (which is now available in 400ml as well as 200ml!)

  • It’s a 3-in-1 skincare essential. 
  • An effective gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask that will nourish and visibly brighten the complexion.  
  • Moringa Seed Extract cleanses and removes all traces of makeup, gentle Jojoba Spheres buff away dead cells. Pumpkin Enzymes remove dull skin cells revealing a radiant, youthful glow 
  • Smooth a small amount over face, neck and décolleté working in small, circular movements. Rinse away with warm water, muslin cloth or damp cotton wool.  
  • For an indulgent mask, leave on for 15 mins and relax. 
  • Suitable for all skin types. 

And for days when I am maybe wearing a bit more make up or if I’m feeling particularly dry I reach for the Nourishing Cleansing Balm for my first cleanse:

  • A deeply nourishing cleansing balm to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.  
  • Skin-softening Beeswax transforms with water into a rich cleansing cream, Rose Geranium gently calms and Rose Damascena helps tone, firm and leaves the skin feeling cleansed, comforted and beautifully supple. 
  • Great for removing a heavy make-up. 
  • Warm and soften a small amount in your hands before gently massaging over your face, neck and décolleté in small, circular movements. Lather with warm water to transform into a rich cream before rinsing away with a damp muslin cloth. (It comes with 2 muslin cloths) 
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially mature, dry or dehydrated. 

There is also a video on our YouTube channel about double cleansing and I show you some of these beautiful cleansers!”

Thank you for reading.

Writer and expert