PUT DOWN THE MAKEUP WIPES! Why you should be double cleansing

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So, you have just gotten home from a long day at work. You’re hungry so you ordered food and it should be at your door any second now. You look in the mirror and the makeup you put on 12 hours ago definitely doesn’t look anything like you remember. You just want to take it off quickly, so you reach for those makeup wipes.


Put those evil, false sense of a cleanse, wipes down.

What do makeup wipes ACTUALLY do?

Makeup wipes remove all your makeup and get your skin ready for the rest of your skincare, right? Not quite…

They may remove the makeup from the surface of your skin, but upon closer inspection, you’ll probably notice that there’s makeup still in your pores. This is one of the main reasons we are strongly against using makeup remover wipes, they never remove all your makeup and never properly cleanse your skin.

Not properly cleansing your skin can lead to so many problems like acne, premature aging and skin dehydration. Without proper cleansing, all other skincare isn’t going to properly penetrate your skin and do its magic, making it totally worthless.

Wipes come in various forms but all of them are going to be abrasive. When you’re rubbing your skin with these wipes, you’re risking the possibility of irritation or over exfoliation and that means trouble.

Makeup wipes get worse though. On top of this surprise exfoliation, all that pulling on your eye to get off your eyeliner and mascara is pulling out your lashes and after a while it’s going to age your eye area as well! 

Why on earth would anyone use makeup remover wipes after learning this? No amount of convenience is worth this pain. We haven’t even mentioned the environmental impact of wipes or the ridiculous cost of them.

So how should you be removing your makeup?

Have you ever washed off your makeup and then you go to use your toner and there is still makeup coming off? So… you didn’t really wash your makeup off and sorry, no… that toner isn’t able to finish the job.

Balms and oils to the rescue!

Balm and oil cleansers are straight up magic. They melt off any makeup whether it’s your waterproof mascara or that liquid lipstick that stays on a little too well. They will lift all your makeup, suncream and any dirt or pollution from your skin.

Bonus points for being so satisfying to see all that makeup run down the drain and the best part, it’s incredibly gentle and there’s options for every skin type.

Balm and oil cleansers are generally part of a double cleansing process, where you follow up your balm or oil cleanser with a more traditional, water based cleanser. This second step ensures you remove all the makeup and dirt from the skin that the oil lifted in the first cleanse.

This might sound like a lot of steps but it’s the best way to guarantee your skin is clean and ready for the rest of your skincare. Our opinion is that this is the most important part of your routine and you won’t mind the extra step when you start seeing the results.

Banila Co Original Cleansing Balm

Banila Co Original Cleansing Balm

Lift dirt and makeup from deep within the skin with this hypoallergenic cleanser that transforms from a sherbet-like balm texture to a smooth oil. Easily melt away waterproof makeup and gently cleanse without stripping the skin.

Will this work for dry skin?

If you have skin on the dryer side of the spectrum, you will love a double cleansing system. You will properly remove all your makeup very gently and without drying out your skin. In your second step you have a few options for treating your dry skin.

You can use an exfoliating cleanser with AHA’s, BHA’s, PHA’S or enzymes (not a scrub) to help smooth the skin and remove flaky skin. Or you can opt for something packed with gentle, hydrating ingredients to keep it simple and healthy.

We like to recommend a gentle, low-dose, exfoliating cleanser used regularly and then a hydrating cleanser in between. You can then use a serum and moisturiser to pump up the hydration. This will ensure the skin is hydrated but also smooth and exfoliated. You probably won’t need a scrub or stronger exfoliant if you follow this routine.

Using a regular AHA/BHA/PHA or enzyme cleanser might sound like risky business, but most people can handle this type of exfoliation because it is in such low doses, very gentle and it doesn’t stay on the skin too long. It’s a safer option than concentrated acid peels or scrubs.

This double cleasning system will leave your skin deeply cleansed, hydrated and smooth. You’ll be able to sleep soundly knowing you have protected your skin from unnecessary drying and aging. Sounds like a true beauty sleep.

Benton Honest Cleansing Foam

Benton Honest Cleansing Foam

Gently cleanse dirt and oil from your skin without the feeling of tightening. Formulated without sulfates and other harmful ingredients. This cleanser is perfect for anyone with irritated or sensitive skin, looking for a deep cleanse.

Will a balm cleanser break out oily skin?

People with oily or acne prone skin are often hesitant to use an oil or balm cleanser. We get it!

There’s a fear that it will make you break out or create more oil on the skin. Neither of these things are true. All excess oil is removed with the second cleanse and a double cleanse is going to help immensely with oily, acne prone skin by deeply cleansing without irritation or stripping.

We know balm and oil cleansers can remove makeup but they can also really help to clear pores and prevent acne. Double cleansing helps to break down excess oil and remove it without excessively stripping your skin. It’s the perfect balance of deep cleansing, without prompting even more oil production or irritation.

For a second cleanse, oily skin types will enjoy also enjoy exfoliating cleansers. Using cleansers with BHA helps to further clean and exfoliate inside the pores to prevent acne, clear blackheads and help with an overproduction of oil.

For a more gentle approach choose a cleanser with lightweight hydration and acne targeting ingredients like Centella Asiatica. Avoid cleansers that leave the skin feeling dry or tight.

Double cleansing systems for oily or acne prone skin is often one of the best ways to clear up the skin. You can deeply clean and clarify the skin without being too abrasive or stripping.

Following up with a suitable moisturiser is often a very successful routine for this skin type to maintain hydration and improve the skin condition. Use spot treatments on acne spots for targeted results.

Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam

Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam

This pH-balanced cleanser removes all dirt and makeup from deep within the skin with micellar technology and gently exfoliates dry skin with Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA). Calm and protect sensitive skin with Centella Asiatica and Ceramide and hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid.

What if I don’t wear makeup?

Of course you can use a balm or oil cleanser if you don’t wear makeup. We strongly encourage you to try them as they’re still going to give you a gentle, deep cleanse without too much effort. They can easily cleanse the oil and dirt from your skin and pores as well as help maintain the hydration levels in your skin.

You can tailor the second cleanser to your own skin needs. Think of this second step a way to treat your skin concerns. You can use AHA’s, BHA’s or enzymes for gentle exfoliation to improve texture and dryness. Or try products with Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic acid or Centella Asiatica for calming and hydration.

Balm cleansers Vs. oil cleansers?

The results you get from balm and oil cleansers are generally the same. They will both do an excellent job at cleansing and removing makeup. The main differences are going to be in the application of these cleansers.

Oil cleansers generally come in a bottle with a pump and they will be a liquid. You can get different types of oils and they will all have various textures. Some will be very thin almost like water and others will be a thicker texture.  Generally, thinner ones will remove from the skin easier, but some oils will lather when you add water for easier removal.

Balm cleansers are usually in a tub or tube, are more solid and will melt when you massage it into your skin. These also come with different textures with some being denser, more solid balms and others being lighter, softer balms. Most balms will lather when you add water to remove from the skin. Balms are generally easier to travel with because of their solid consistency.

The choice between balms and oils is usually a personal preference between the textures and there isn’t a real benefit to one over the other. The ingredients are going to dictate which formula is best for your skin.

Ready… Set… CLEANSE!!

Now you know everything about proper makeup removal and how to use balm and oil cleansers! Don’t you just want to go wash your face now? This may be the beginning of your skin cleansing journey and we are so excited to have you join us on the double cleansing train.

Have you used this method before? What were your results? Have you got any tips for newbies?

Let us know your experiences or ask any questions below!

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