In Summary
  • First you massage with cleansing oil. All kinds of oils from special cleansing unguents to extra virgin olive and coconut oil, sweet almond to jojoba oil have been named as cleansers.
  • This massage is extensive, cutting across the entire face and including the eyes because nothing removes stubborn eye makeup like oil. This is followed with a lighter, gentler cleanser.
  • Or, you could use micellar water an equally growing trend, to swipe the face clean.
  • Another take on double cleansing involves buying a stack of muslin cloth or bamboo if that is your thing.

As a rule I avoid listicles. They are fun but your way is not my way. Despite my aversion, I kept coming up against literature about how women have been washing their faces wrong, clean enough, with the right water temperature and bad combination of hand and finger rotation, never mind soap that ought to be the aristocrat of cleansers.

It so happened there are as many ways to cleanse as there are believers. One is gaining traction but is not exactly new.

If you are a mother chances are you are familiar with muslin cloth. For those who are not, these are thin, 100 per cent cotton squares made out of light fibres. They have multiple uses, as do most beauty hacks these days, across the kitchen and bathroom. That is the first part.

The second part is the rise of double cleansing. This is inspired by Korean beauty culture. It turns out rubbing your face with foamy cleanser, splashing water then moisturising it. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like. Washing your face twice.

First you massage with cleansing oil. All kinds of oils from special cleansing unguents to extra virgin olive and coconut oil, sweet almond to jojoba oil have been named as cleansers.

This massage is extensive, cutting across the entire face and including the eyes because nothing removes stubborn eye makeup like oil.

This is followed with a lighter, gentler cleanser. Or, you could use micellar water an equally growing trend, to swipe the face clean.

Another take on double cleansing involves buying a stack of muslin cloth or bamboo if that is your thing.

Wet the muslin cloth with warm to hot water, then, after massaging the oil brown oil drips into the sink, the muslin warmish cloth is placed on top to absorb oil and dirt.

Then, with clean hands and semi cleaned skin, once again massage the face with a mild cleanser.

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