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How to Double Cleanse

Cleansing is essential to remove makeup and impurities on the skin and to help maintain a healthy, youthful-looking complexion. If you wear SPF and makeup during the day, cleansing just once at night likely won’t be enough to truly clean the skin. That’s where the double cleansing method comes in.

Read on to discover the benefits of double cleansing and find the right cleansing products for your skin type and needs.

What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing is a two-step method that involves washing the face twice with two different facial cleansers. The first cleanse serves to remove makeup, SPF and dirt, while the second helps to remove any remaining impurities and target specific skin concerns.

Benefits of double cleansing

  • Provides a deeper cleanse – a single cleanse isn’t always thorough enough to remove all traces of makeup and dirt that, if left on the skin, can aggravate signs of aging.
  • Brightens a dull complexion – double cleansing helps to gently unclog pores, remove dead skin cells and support skin’s natural renewal process.
  • Prepares skin for the next steps of your routine – the cleaner the skin, the more effectively other skincare products will work.
  • Addresses specific skin concerns – the second cleanse infuses skin with benefitting ingredients to hydrate, soothe and revitalize.

Should you double cleanse in the morning?

The double cleansing method is best used as part of a nighttime skincare routine to remove makeup and SPF worn throughout the day. A single cleanse is sufficient in the morning.

How to double cleanse

Step 1: Remove makeup and SPF with micellar water

Micellar water is a no-rinse facial cleanser made up of water-soluble lipid molecules that act as a magnet to capture makeup and grime. It’s compatible with all skin types and is designed to remove SPF and long-wearing makeup formulas.

Cleanse the face, lips and eyes with No7 Radiant Results Micellar Water. Formulated with No7’s Tri-Vit Complex and red ginseng, it works to remove even waterproof makeup, for makeup-free skin that looks refreshed and clear.


Step 2: Apply the second cleanser for a deeper cleanse

The second cleanse of the double cleansing method addresses your specific skin concerns, while providing a deeper clean to unclog pores and maintain a clear, healthy-looking complexion.

  1. Apply a dime-sized amount of your chosen face cleanser to the fingertips.
  2. Massage the cleanser into dry or damp skin for 30 seconds. *
  3. Rinse the skin with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  4. Follow with your favorite No7 serum and

*Follow instructions on the back of the cleanser for guidance on whether to apply to dry or damp skin.

Choose the best facial cleanser for your skin type

With various forms of facial cleansers to choose from (foam, clay, gel and lotion) it’s beneficial when double cleansing to use a cleanser designed for your skin type with key ingredients to target your skin concerns.

Best cleanser for aging skin

Exfoliating cleansers are great for aging skin as they help to buff away dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while lending the skin a healthy, youthful-looking glow.

No7 Lift & Luminate Cleansing Exfoliator is formulated with Vitamins B5, C and E and gentle exfoliating particles that help to accelerate surface skin cell turnover while removing excess oil, leaving skin feeling perfectly cleansed.

Best cleanser for combination skin

A foaming cleanser is suitable for all skin types and creates a foamy lather that helps to provide a deep clean.

With a refreshing foamy formula, the No7 Radiant Results Purifying Foaming Cleanser helps to deeply cleanse and purify the skin by dissolving makeup, impurities, pollutants, and excess oil. Formulated with No7’s Tri-Vit Complex and meadowsweet, expect skin to feel clear, and pores to appear tightened.

Best cleanser for dry skin

Gel cleansers are a great option for dry or sensitive skin, as they gently remove impurities and excess makeup without stripping away natural oils.

No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Gel Cleanser transforms into a cleansing oil as it’s massaged into the skin, and a milk texture as it’s rinsed away, helping skin to retain moisture. It’s also infused with grapeseed oil and No7’s Tri-Vit Complex to leave skin feeling clean, soothed and silky soft.


Cleanser for oily skin

When double cleansing for oily skin, it’s best to use a clay cleanser to help mattify the skin and remove excess sebum. Formulated with 10% Kaolin clay to absorb oil and impurities, No7 Radiant Results Purifying Clay Cleanser is a soft, creamy cleanser that reduces the appearance of pores. It also helps to mattify skin as it deeply cleanses, leaving skin looking fresher, clearer and free of shine.

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2022-01-25 11:11:18By No7 Beauty





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