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The value of two step cleansing

March 02, 2018 Posted By Sarah Nathan

The two-step cleanse is no longer negotiable, and here is why;

Double cleansing may seem the new trend, but at Ella Baché we’ve been teaching the importance of double cleansing for over 70 years. As Madame Baché says ‘I’ve always thought of the skin as the most delicate of silks, therefore it must be cleansed properly’.

The end of a long day sees our skin bring home a host of new companions; pollutions, sunscreen, foundation, oils and dirt and believe me these are not the kind of companions we want to stay into the night. These are the ones that need to be gone before we hit that pillow for a blissful slumber and 8 hour skin rejuvenation.

With your skincare regime down pat adding an extra step to your night time routine may sound less than pleasing but this is one you will thank us for later. Plus, what’s the point of the follow-up steps if those products can’t absorb the skin due to product build up and layers of impurities?

What is two step cleansing?

The two step ritual involves using a cleansing oil or balm to break down make-up, SPF, sebum and impurities from the surface of your skin first. This is followed by a deeper water or milk based cleanse.  Each cleanse compliments one another whether it be removing the surface impurity or re hydrating the skin and controlling the pH levels.

So, here’s how to do a double cleanse properly, and trust us there are no shortcuts...

The First Cleanse

The first cleanse is designed to wipe away the day’s build up without stripping the skin, that’s why it is imperative to choose the right cleanser and one that won’t strip your skin of its Ph level and natural oils. We recommend Ella Baché Huile Aux Fleurs this oil based cleanser instantly dissolves stubborn make-up and removes any surface impurities; enriched with floral oils it will leave your skin feeling smooth and nourished.

Whether you are a double cleanser or not, be sure to massage your cleanser in for a minute to thoroughly remove make-up, toxins, pollution and build-up. Taking the full minute to cleanse will see you reap the benefits from the product and its ingredients.

The Second Cleanse

The second cleanse is designed to purify the pores and prepare the skin for the products to follow, once all the surface impurities have been removed by your oil based cleanser your second cleanser will now clean deeper while thoroughly nourishing your complexion.  With many cleansing products at Ella Baché we recommend you talk to your skin therapist about the right cleanser for you and your individual skin needs.

EXPERT TIP: To maximise product absorption, exfoliation is essential. If there is no sensitivity a deep exfoliation form our Resurfacing Peel will offer ultimate cellular regeneration. Use this once a week for 6 weeks. Regular exfoliation 1 x per week with Refining Exfoliating Gel will keep the skin smooth and soft.

Is it possible to over cleanse?

 While your skin needs to be cleansed twice a day a double cleanse may not always be necessary – especially when you wake up in the morning. What a single morning cleanse will do is better prepare your skin to absorb day creams and moisturisers better. We need to remember that over cleansing can lead to dryness and irritation says Gina Cook National Training Manager at Ella Baché therefore the cleanser should contain nourishing ingredients that will maintain the skins natural oils.

Once you have adapted the double cleanse into your life the overall routine will most likely take a shorter period of time than it did to read this article, you will see your skin is primed and prepped for the continuing products and your complexion, clear of nasty companions.

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