The Importance of Double Cleansing ft. Dermalogica Double Cleanse Duo

Double cleansing is an essential 2 step process in your p.m. skincare routine which involves cleansing your skin twice – first with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser.


Unfortunately, using the same cleanser twice is not effective in removing all traces of build-up, which can lead to clogged and dull skin.  As like attracts like, the two different cleanser types are required to break down and remove all the different impurities on the skin and deep in the pores.

^Dermalogica Precleanse* is an oil-based cleanser which breaks down the layers of makeup, skincare, sebum (the oil our skin naturally produces) and environmental pollutants that have built up on your skin throughout the day.


The second cleanser – the ^Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel* – is water-based which removes any last traces of build up and deep cleans inside the pores.

The Dermalogica Double Cleanse Duo is suitable for all skin types. 


My skin ranges from normal in the Winter months to super oily in Summer – no matter the weather or how my skin is behaving, this is a double cleansing dream team.

The Dermalogica Double Cleanse

1. Dermalogica Precleanse

This super effective oil breaks down every last bit of makeup – even stubborn lash glue, liquid lipsticks and multiple layers of base products.  One pump easily removes a whole face of makeup – this makeup remover lasts me forever.  I make sure to massage the ^Precleanse* onto my dry face and eyes for 1 minute to ensure all the build-up has broken down.



Next, I wet my hands while continuing to massage my face – the oil will emulsify and turn milky at this stage.  Then I just rinse off the excess and all the traces of makeup disappear down the plughole – ready for the second cleanse.



(If you wish to take this travelling, the ^PreCleanse Balm may be more suitable – the pump on this original PreCleanse isn’t as travel friendly.) 

2. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

For the second step, I use the water-based ^Special Cleansing Gel*.  Using pea-sized amount on damp skin, massage to form a gentle lather to make sure the skin is thoroughly cleansed.  


The gel consistency is perfect for leaving your skin prepped for your other products in your skincare routine – no oily residue is left sitting on the skin, but also no tight, dry feeling either.  


As well as being a great team player when coupled with the ^PreCleanse*, the Special Cleansing Gel* works perfectly on its own as my morning cleanse too – no need to buy a separate product just for your morning skincare routine.


It also works great before my favourite exfoliator – the ^Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant*.  PS. The Daily Microfoliant is perfect for dry skin lurking under beards too.

Trial sizes of the Precleanse, Special Cleansing Gel and Daily Microfoliant are available in this ^Discover Healthy Skin Kit.  

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  1. 3.19.19
    Catherine said:

    I always see these products around so it was nice to see a detailed, honest review! Also, great photos!

    • 3.25.19
      stephanieswan said:

      Oh thank you for such a lovely comment, Catherine! I love reading reviews before purchasing anything, so I’m glad I can help! x