Cleansing twice a day (morning and night) has been shown to bring about several positive changes to the skin, including clearing more impurities, hydrating the skin even longer, and supporting the skin barrier with more success. However, choosing the right cleanser is equally important in ensuring optimal results. In this article, we will explore the benefits of cleansing twice a day, the factors to consider when choosing the right cleanser, and the steps to incorporate double cleansing into your skincare routine. Let’s dive right in.
I. Cleansing Twice a Day: The Benefits
Cleansing your skin twice a day (morning and night) can bring about several positive changes for your skin, including:
Clearing impurities: Cleansing your skin twice a day can help remove impurities and prevent skin problems like breakouts and blackheads. By cleansing your skin in the morning, you can remove any impurities that accumulated on your skin overnight as it automatically removes toxins.
Cleansing at night is also important, as it can help remove any dirt, oil, and makeup that have accumulated throughout the day. This consistent cleansing routine can help keep your skin clear and healthy.
Hydrating the skin: Cleansing your skin twice a day can help improve skin hydration, reducing dryness and roughness, and leading to healthier-looking skin. When you cleanse your skin, it removes any excess oil, dirt, and impurities that can clog pores and cause dryness. By cleansing twice a day, you can help keep your skin hydrated and refreshed.
Supporting the skin barrier: Cleansing your skin twice a day can help support the natural skin barrier, which protects against environmental stressors and helps retain moisture. When you cleanse your skin, you remove any impurities that can damage the skin barrier, allowing it to function more effectively. By cleansing twice a day, you can help support the natural skin barrier and keep your skin healthy and protected - every 12 hours.
II. Choosing the Right Cleanser
When it comes to cleansing your skin twice a day, choosing the right ingredients is important. Look for a gentle cleanser that is suitable for your skin type and free from harsh ingredients like non-fatty alcohol and anything that says “fragrance”, which can irritate the skin. A cleanser formulated with nourishing ingredients, such as amino acids and hyaluronic acid, can help hydrate the skin and support its natural barrier.
It is also important to consider the type of cleanser you are using. For example, if you have oily skin, you may want to use a foaming cleanser that can effectively remove excess oil. If you have dry skin, you may want to use a cream-based cleanser that can help hydrate the skin. No matter your skin type, make sure to choose a cleanser that is gentle and free from parabens, petroleum Jelly, phthalates, BHT, and sulfates.
III. Incorporating Double Cleansing into Your Skincare Routine
Incorporating double cleansing into your skincare routine is simple. Start by cleansing your skin in the morning and at night, using a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. Make sure to use warm water, as hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness – ‘go as cold as you can’ is what I usually tell people but it’s all about preference. Gently massage the cleanser into your skin for about a minute, paying extra attention to areas like the nose and chin, where impurities tend to accumulate. Rinse the cleanser off with cool water and gently compress a clean towel against your face to dry off.
IV. Why Twice a Day Might Not Be Right for You
While cleansing your skin twice a day can offer numerous benefits, it may not be right for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, for example, cleansing your skin twice a day may cause irritation. In this case, cleansing once a day with a gentle cleanser may be a better option. Additionally, if you have dry skin, cleansing your skin twice a day may strip it of its natural oils and cause dryness. In this case, it may be better to focus on hydration and nourishment, rather than cleansing. Deciding whether to double cleanse or not depends on several factors, including:
Skin type: Different skin types have different needs, and what works for one person may not work for another. For example, people with oily skin may benefit from double cleansing as it helps to remove excess oil, while people with dry or sensitive skin may find that double cleansing is too harsh and strips their skin of its natural oils.
Environment: The environment you live in can also play a role in whether or not double cleansing is appropriate for you. For example, people who live in areas with high levels of pollution may benefit from double cleansing as it helps to remove impurities from the skin.
Your Lifestyle: Your lifestyle and daily habits can also impact whether or not double cleansing is right for you. For example, if you spend a lot of time outdoors or drinking, double cleansing can help to remove some impurities from your skin caused by excess damage.
Skin concerns: If you have specific skin concerns, such as acne, blackheads, or dryness, double cleansing may help to address these issues by removing impurities and improving skin hydration.
Cleansing your skin twice a day can bring about numerous benefits, including clearing impurities, hydrating the skin, and supporting the skin barrier. However, it is important to consider your skin type and any sensitivities when incorporating double cleansing into your skincare routine.
By incorporating double cleansing into your skincare routine and choosing the right cleanser, you'll be on your way to healthier more resilient skin. So why not give it a try and see the difference for yourself with GOA’s Purifying Face Cleanser [PFC]?