Double cleansing by skin type

Cleansing oils for oily, sensitive, and dry skin

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Nov 04, 2020 · 3 min read

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We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

Anything worth doing is worth doing twice — so let the double cleansing commence. And it’s not just your average wash-rinse-repeat cycle. Double cleansing combines the oil cleansing method with a water-based cleanser. It’s a gentle and thorough way to clean your skin. It also helps remove makeup, sunscreen, sweat, dirt, and any other buildup from throughout the day.

If you want to give double cleansing a shot, here are my go-to products by skin type. These are just suggestions based on what I’ve learned from my time as a skincare blogger. At the end of the day, what works for your unique skin is subjective. That said, if you need a little inspiration, I hope these recommendations help!

Duo #1: Oily or combination skin

That’s right — counterintuitive as it may seem, those with oily/combo skin can still enjoy double cleansing, even with an oil cleanser! Of course, you’ll want to reach for lightweight cleansers that won’t make your skin feel weighed down. That’s why I think using a micellar water is best as your step 1 — it’s water-based and gets its power from micelles, which are tiny oils suspended in water. Follow up with a foaming cleanser to keep things extra light and airy.

Micellar water

Foaming cleanser

Duo #2: Normal to dry skin

If your skin is on the dry side, then you’ll want to reach for a cleansing duo that packs in extra hydration. There are plenty of options when it comes to hydrating facial cleansers, including oil cleansers. You might also enjoy topping off your routine with a deeply hydrating moisturizer, like the Curology rich moisturizer.

Hydrating oil cleanser

Hydrating facial cleanser

Duo #3: Sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin — that is, skin that’s prone to redness, itchiness, or irritation — you’ll probably want to avoid products with potentially irritating ingredients including alcohol and added fragrance. If you’re acne-prone, all of the products suggested in this post should work for your skin, since they’re non-comedogenic (meaning not known to cause breakouts).

Fragrance-free cleansers

Simple oil cleansers

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