If you're a COMvert, you probably know all about double cleansing. The Cleanse Off Mitt is the ideal first step of a cleansing routine and in our eyes, the Cleanse Off Mitt is best used alongside a cleanser. It's very simple to make a claim like that without explaining why but that ain't how we roll at Nerd HQ.
What is Double Cleansing?
The key to double cleansing is in the name. In a double cleanse, there are 2 steps: removing makeup (with your Cleanse Off Mitt) and a more thorough cleanse. You use your Cleanse Off Mitt to take off your makeup so that your cleanser can get to your skin without there being anything in the way.
What are the Benefits to Double Cleansing?
Number 1: your skin is cleaner. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. Using the Cleanse Off Mitt removes all visible makeup from your skin but if you are a makeup-wearer, there are possibly still traces of makeup and an accumulation of oils in your pores. Traces of makeup + accumulated oils = possible breakouts. When you follow up with a more traditional cleanser, you ensure that absolutely everything is off your face!
Makeup and oils aren't the only things on your face when it comes to skincare routine time. When you walk around outdoors (and indoors too, depending), you're essentially walking through a big cloud of pollution. We cannot guarantee that a double cleanse helps you at all when it comes to pollution and your skin but logically, it has to be more efficient than a single cleanse in this respect.
The second step of your double cleansing routine is usually your treatment step. Your cleanser may have active ingredients, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid, or be enriched with vitamins or emollients, for example. Your cleanser will be much more effective when it can cleanse and work into your pores without having to remove your makeup too! It is kind of like why you hoover before you mop - your floor will be cleaner if you mop without hoovering but it MAY not be the most effective way to do it.
Your Second Cleansing Step
When we say cleanser, we mean a wash, a foaming cleanser, a gel cleanser, a cream cleanser or whichever one suits your skin the best. The cleanser you should be using depends on your individual skin concerns and your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, your cleanser will contain ingredients that break down sebum and control oil. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, your cleanser will be packed full of things that will pump your skin with moisture and help your skin to keep its own moisture in.
The Cleanse Off Mitt Double Cleanse Routine
Step 1: Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. If you have bacteria on your hands and you don't wash them, you just transfer that bacteria to your Cleanse Off Mitt AND your face. Not ideal.
Step 2: Rinse your COM in warm water, wring it out and pop your hand in it.
Step 3: Working outwards and downwards from the centre of your face (for lymphatic drainage), swipe the COM across your face gently and use the same side to remove your eye makeup too.
Step 4: Rub an acorn-sized amount of cleanser onto your face with your fingers for 60 seconds.
Step 5: Do the COM Roll - flip your Cleanse Off Mitt over to the other side and remove your cleanser thoroughly using the mitt.
Et voilà - you've done the COM-certified Double Cleanse Routine that all of us here in Nerd HQ do each night. COMsider yourself part of the family!