Double Cleansing Duos: The Best Products for a Deep Clean

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Single cleansing is so last year. Everyone is double cleansing these days. While we’re not into peer pressure, we can safely suggest you jump on board the double-cleansing trend. If you’re already a two-time cleanser, you know that your face feels another level of clean after using two products, especially when they’re formulated to target different things. Finding one perfect product among the masses is hard, but two? It can feel impossible. We’ve paired up some of our favorite double cleansing duos, so all you have to do is click “add to cart.”

Double Cleansing 101

“If you have ever wiped your skin with a cotton round and toner after cleansing the skin once, chances are you still had dirt and even makeup show up on the cotton,” says aesthetician Sara Botta. This is where double-cleansing comes in. Aesthetician Savanna Boda notes that the method is meant to remove “all makeup, mascara, excess oil, dirt, and debris on the skin while also treating your skin concern.” This technique allows the second cleanse to actually be productive. Double-cleansing can result in “less of a chance for breakouts and clogged pores, irritation, and much healthier skin,” says Botta.

The first cleanse is like sweeping, explains Boda. You use an “oil or gel-based cleanser that removes surface-level grime to give your skin a clean slate to allow your second cleanse to actually cleanse the skin,” she says. Boda equates the second cleanse to mopping as it’s more of a treatment cleanse. “Your treatment cleanse is based on your skin type and concern. For example: a glycolic wash for aging skin or a salicylic wash for acne-prone skin.”

While Botta says double-cleansing isn’t necessary in the morning, she highly recommends doing the practice at night “to remove makeup and sunscreen to get a true deep cleanse.” Double-cleansing helps ensure your skin is truly cleansed, prepped and ready to receive toners, serums, moisturizers and other skin care, explains Boda. “The benefits of double-cleansing are a stronger skin barrier, healthier skin, and a brighter complexion,” she adds.

The best double cleansing pairs

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm ($66) Pro-Collagen Energizing Marine Cleanser ($68)

Elemis’s cleansing balms are so widely adored they can sometimes overshadow the brand’s other amazing products. For a boost of collagen and a spotless face, use this duo.


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Oat Cleansing Balm + Fulvic Acid Cleanser ($23)

This pair is so perfect together they’re sold side by side. The Oat Cleansing Balm will leave your face clean, soft and soothed without irritating eyes or skin. Then the Fulvic Acid Cleanser will get to work on gently exfoliating skin for a brighter, more even complexion.


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Youth To The People Superberry Dream Cleansing Balm ($34) + Superfood Cleanser ($36)

Using Youth To The People’s Cleansing Balm is an experience you’ll quickly fall in love with. After your skin gets its dose of superberry softness, pour it a tall glass of daily green juice for a thorough cleanse.


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Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm ($50) + Ceramic Slip Cleanser ($35)

The beautifully blue-hued cleansing balm is sugar-based and helps calm and soothe dry skin while removing makeup and more. For added hydration and a bit more detailing, grab the Ceramic Slip Cleanser, which gently pulls out impurities while drawing in hydration.


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Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm ($32) + Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34)

Like most of their products, this Glow Recipe duo sounds good enough to eat. The cleansing balm removes makeup, dirt and oil in a flash, revealing smooth, glowing skin. To finish the job, the cleanser ensures the face is completely fresh and hydrated to combat blemishes and breakouts without drying skin out.


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Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($80) + KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser ($50)

Kat Burki’s vitamin C products are beloved by all, including Florence Pugh, and this cleansing balm is no exception. Follow it up with the KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser for a deep clean backed by antioxidants and over 90 skin-transforming ocean minerals.


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Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil ($32) + Clear Complexion Cleanser ($32)

This duo is ideal for someone with sensitive skin. The calming cleansing oil with willowherb, jojoba and geranium reduces free radical damage and dryness and paves the way for the Clear Complexion Cleanser. The cleanser purifies acne-prone skin while soothing it.


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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($16) + Face Wash Powder ($14)

This combo is a bit unique, using an oil and a powder to freshen up the face. The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil has gone viral with thousands of five-star reviews. Then add some water to the powder and transform it into a foaming lather that leaves skin clean and smooth.


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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Charcoal Cleansing Purifying Jelly Water ($9) + Deep Pore Face Wash with Green Tea ($20)

This pair is perfect for those with oily skin. Garnier’s new Micellar Charcoal Cleansing Purifying Jelly Water removes makeup and absorbs excess oil. Then scrub away any leftover dirt and impurities on the skin and clean out the pores with the Deep Pore Face Wash.


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Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil ($29) + Pore Normalizing Cleanser ($19)

Trust Paula when she says this cleansing oil is perfect. It will refresh and renew skin so it’s ready for the acne-fighting face wash that will unclog pores and remove excess oil.


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Caudalie Vinoclean Micellar Cleansing Water ($30) + Gentle Cleansing Almond Milk ($30)

Wash away makeup in just one step. Dab the micellar cleansing water on a pad and wipe the day away. Once the canvas is prepped, use the Gentle Cleansing Almond Milk to do the dirty work of unclogging pores with a velvety texture and a sweet smell.



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