I assumed double-cleansing was a marketing gimmick. The “rinse and repeat” of the beauty world, if you will.
… I was wrong.
Korean beauty experts (and what feels like the rest of the beauty world) swear by double-cleansing. The process starts with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a creamy or foaming cleanser, and is intended to remove all of the makeup and impurities that accumulate throughout the day.
I’m incredibly loyal to my usual cream cleanser (First Aid Beauty’s Facial Cleanser), and I wasn’t sure if I even needed to do double-cleansing. I don’t wear much makeup, so why add the extra step? Trying to minimize, here!
But the beauty experts insist that it’s life-changing (and necessary to remove both oil- and water-based debris from your skin), so I decided to try it out. I was also hopeful that removing every last bit of product and irritant would help my skin absorb more moisture and benefits from the products I was applying to it.
After doing double-cleansing for several weeks now, I’m now a complete convert. My skin looks brighter and feels unbelievably clean in a way that I wasn’t possible with any one single product.
In the interest of finding the best oil-based cleansing product to use, I tried out three crowd favorites:
- Banila Co Clean It ZERO Cleansing Oil Balm in Radiance
- The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil
- Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
$22 | Amazon
Described as a “cleansing balm” with a “sherbet-like consistency,” the entire Clean It line has an incredibly strong following in Korea. I tried out their Radiance balm, and used up the entire jar before trying the other two options. While I appreciated that it didn’t make me break out, I was more taken by one of the new options, so I don’t plan to re-purchase this product.
Texture is very smooth, feels nice going on and doesn’t get messy like other products.
Removes heavy makeup well. I tried this on the heaviest face of makeup I ever put on (which, admittedly, still isn’t much), and it cut through it without a problem.
Face did seem a bit brighter and clearer after regular use.
It felt like a lot of product for me because I typically only wear a light CC cream, if anything. Might be better for someone who wears more product.
It’s is a bit difficult to remove with water – you end up splashing and scrubbing a lot. One blogger recommended using makeup wipes for removal, but that seems excessive to me to have to buy wipes just for that purpose.
Buy it if you: tend to wear heavier makeup and don’t currently have a powerful cleanser on hand.
Shop it here.
$11 | Amazon
In all seriousness: < holy grail hands emoji >. I tried this after finishing the Banila Co product, and immediately felt a difference in the texture of my skin. The oil removed all of my makeup and impurities easily without leaving any residue, but my face also felt softer and more moisturized.
Immediate difference to the texture of skin after using: much softer and more moisturized.
Seems to remove all face makeup without a problem.
The oil consistency makes this product a bit messy compared to the other two–I can’t imagine trying to travel with this bottle.
Buy if you: are looking for a new cleanser, and want something light, effective, and inexpensive, with added moisturizing benefits.
Shop it here.
I got this as a deluxe sample from Sephora, so decided to try it out. I was initially a little disappointed, only because my skin didn’t feel quite as soft and bouncy as it had with the cleansing oil from The Face Shop. It seems like it did a good job at removing my makeup, but I didn’t see any immediate difference in brightness. While anti-aging products are great, I don’t think this will become my daily go-to, but I’m planning to throw the rest of the sample into my gym bag because it seems effective on the most basic level of cleansing.
Most effective cleanser of the three I tried. It even dissolved most of my eye makeup while I was rinsing it off, even though I didn’t apply any cleanser to that area.
Gel texture is a bit weird. I didn’t know whether to apply with water or not because the directions just say, “Use as needed.” … so, that’s that.
No noticeable brightening effects as promised
Buy it if you: need an anti-aging product. Otherwise, there other better cleanser options.
Shop it here.
Based on the three cleansers I tried, the cleansing oil from The Face Shop was my favorite, hands-down. For the price, the Peter Thomas Roth version doesn’t seem worth the purchase, but it’s not a bad product and I’m fine to use up the sample.
I hope this was helpful! Have you ever tried double-cleansing, or using an oil-based cleanser?
PS — If you’re looking for more skincare tips, check out my post on double-masking and my favorite mask combos: The Power of Double Masking.