One of the Japanese beauty secrets, I swear to is the Double Cleansing method. It traditionally means washing your face with an oil-based cleanser first, before using a regular water-based cleanser. It literally means washing your face twice, which might sound a little too much, but I can promise you it’s worth spending the additional two minutes of your time. As they say “better safe than sorry” – you don’t want to go to bed with a face full of makeup and other impurities, since it has always been one of the worst things you could do to your complexion. I’ve been cleansing my face twice a day (no exceptions) – with one cleanser in the morning and a more thorough double cleanse method in the evening.
For the first step you can either go for a cleanser in oil form or choose a micellar water. Micellar water works on the same principle as cleansing oil; it might be more suitable for those with sensitive skin, while oil is way better for those who wear heavier makeup. I’ve been loving the Nivea 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water with the caring formula with Dexpanthenol & Grape Seed Oil. It removes eyemakeup, without leaving the skin dry, tight or irritated. It’s free of parabens, colors and perfume. I usually pour some of it on two cotton pads and gently press them on my eyelids (wait for 5-10 seconds). I then swipe them all around my eyes and use an additional pad to remove my face makeup (or lip if I’m wearing some bold color). I also use a cotton bud or two to remove the left-over eye makeup, if necessary.
When I melt away the dirt and makeup from my face, I rinse and apply the second cleanser. Its job is to purify the skin and the Sensai Silky Purifying Milky Soap does it amazingly. It’s an emulsion-type facial wash with a soft, smooth foam that leaves a supple finish and it’s perfect for my dry skin. I use one pump and massage onto my skin in circular motion, which also stimulates circulation and relaxes tense facial muscles. After rinsing it with cool water, I gently pat dry with a clean facial towel. When my skin is thoroughly cleansed, I follow with a toner, serums and a cream.
photo: Domen Blenkuš
location: Hotel Cubo, Ljubljana