Forget face wipes. Double cleanse to remove makeup and sunscreen

Makeup and sunscreen can be tricky to wash off your face, since many of these products are water- or sweat-resistant.

However, traces of makeup or sunscreen left on your skin can clog pores, contributing to acne breakouts and skin irritation, so it ‘s important that you thoroughly wash your face after wearing these products.

Facial cleansing wipes have remained popular for many years, thanks to their convenience, but are now falling out of favor due to the harshness of the alcohol in them. Certain types of alcohol in skincare can be particularly problematic for those with dry or sensitive skin types, making cleansing wipes too harsh for many people.

A gentler and more effective option for removing makeup and sunscreen is to double cleanse, which is gentler on your skin than harsh face wipes or vigorously scrubbing — both of which can cause irritation and damage to the skin barrier.

How to double cleanse your face

Double cleansing consists of two steps:

  1. Wash your face with a cleansing oil.

  2. Wash your face again with a cleanser that is a match for your skin type.

This double cleansing process helps to remove makeup, sunscreen and any heavy dirt from your skin to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Oily skin types can substitute micellar water for cleansing oil in the first step. Micellar water contains only a small amount of detergent, so it is gentle on sensitive skin and won’t cause breakouts like some oils can.

When choosing a face wash for the second step, be sure to find out your Baumann Skin Type first and then pick a cleanser that matches your skin type. Oily types, for example, can use a foaming cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen, while dry types should look for non-foaming, creamy cleansers to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Bottom line

Double cleansing is the best way to effectively remove makeup and sunscreen while still being gentle on your skin.

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