One wash over simply won't be enough for some skins. Therefore, a deep cleanse can be essential in the evening, although it's more than just a way to remove dirt and make-up: throughout the day, aerial bacteria and pollution are attracted to your skin, and they contribute to aging, pigmentation and breakouts, if not washed away properly. The best way to stop this from happening is to double cleanse.
To make sure you know what we are going on about, double cleansing involves using an oil-based cleanser to break down make-up, sunscreen and sebum on the surface of your skin first. Following it, you can use again the same product (for the minimalists), or use a water-based cleanser (for oilier skin types). The first cleansing removes sweat, bacteria and old skin cells. The second cleansing will remove any impurities left after the first cleansing.
For the first round of cleansing, it's best to wash your face until there isn't a single trace of make-up visible, as this is a good indicator that you removed the first layer of dirt. Once you've eliminated the surface grime, you can repeat the procedure :)
Wether you are double-cleansing your skin or not, it is better to massage your cleanser for a minute, at least, to correctly remove make-up, sunscreen and pollution particles. Taking at least a minute to do it will ensure you gain all the benefits from your cleanser and its ingredients. On average, most people only spend about twenty seconds on cleansing, which isn't enough time to massage the cleanser properly and impacts its efficiency.
A quick wash might seem like the only option at the end of a long day, but if you wear make-up it will do nothing to properly dislodge foundation and pollution particles. Double cleansing is the best way to ensure your skin is free from every single scrap because if all of that is left on your skin overnight, you aren't giving your skin cells the best chance at regenerating a plump youthful complexion.
This evening cleanse will allow serums and moisturizers to penetrate and work their benefits much more efficiently. Double cleansing is especially important if you're being exposed to high pollution levels. Therefore, your need to double cleanse does depend on your environment and lifestyle.
There are also so many benefits for those with acne-prone skin, as long as they're using the right cleanser. By cleansing twice, you're ensuring that both the first layer of sebum, make-up, sunscreen and deeper layers of pore bacteria, which can all provoke acne, are removed.
While your skin may or not need to be cleansed twice a day, a double cleanse isn't always necessary. We also advice to simply wash your face with water in the morning.
Over-washing can damage your skin leading to dryness, sensitivity and irritation. For the ideal cleanser, your should select sulfate-free re-balancing formulas to not strip the skin of its natural oils, and it's also relevant not to rub the skin too harshly. But if you think you might be over-cleansing your skin, it could be a good idea to change your cleanser, and pick one adapted to you: have you thought about our Diáfano? ;)