Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cheat Sheet - Double Cleansing


Over the last few months I have been asked a lot about double cleansing. I think it peaked this month because I am quoted in the March edition of American Elle magazine discussing this very topic.

It's out now if you fancy picking up a copy...


Anyway, I figured a few clearer details wouldn't hurt so without further ado...

Cleansing is by far the most important step of your routine. I don't care what anyone says, if you are consistently 'cleansing' (aka moving the dirt around your face) with wipes and then applying a really expensive serum/moisturiser on top, you are wasting your money. And your time. 

'Double Cleansing' is something that you may be doing already, this is just what I call it. 
Essentially, if you are using more than one product to remove your makeup in the evenings, you are already double cleansing.

For example, if you remove your eye makeup with a micellar water or eye makeup remover before you cleanse, that is your first cleanse. You follow with a proper cleanser to remove everything else. That was your second cleanse. Note: a micellar water is not your second cleanse. Stop that nonsense.

Let's be clear on this one first - there is no double cleansing in the mornings. Wake up, cleanse, you're good to go. You have no makeup or SPF to remove. Crack on.

Types of cleansers:

Mornings
Non-foaming gels 
Milks
Lotions
Balm cleansers
Oils
Clay-based cleansers

Basically anything except:
Wipes
Micellar water

The morning cleanse is dependent on how your skin feels when you wake up and what you are doing with the rest of your day. For example, if I have a long day ahead of wearing makeup I will probably use an oil to cleanse. My skin feels soft and holds moisture for longer afterwards which has a knock-on effect on the rest of my routine and stops my makeup going patchy by the afternoon.
If I'm home-based for the day I'll use something slightly more 'active', follow with a strong acid toner and use some treatment serums and heavier moisturisers. 
If you know you are going to be based at home for the day and not wearing makeup treat your skin as if it's a spa day. Cleanse, exfoliate, treat, repeat.  (repeat the treat, not the entire routine!) :)
This is why my skin looks great if I've had a few consecutive days working from home and looks merely 'ok' (by my standards - and I am my own harshest critic) if I've had appointments in town every day of the week. And don't get me started on travelling... that's a whole other cheat sheet. *makes note*

Wipes and micellar water are not suitable for mornings because you use them in an emergency or when removing makeup, and you won't be wearing makeup to bed will you? WILL YOU? 


Evenings

There is a fallacy doing the rounds that double cleansing means using oil followed by foam. No. 
Do what you need to do to remove what you've done to your face. You know your face/routine better than any beauty counter. Or me.
Wearing a ton of eye makeup? Remove it first. 
Slathered in SPF? Take care of that first. 
Both? Go in with grease. When in doubt, go in with grease.

First cleanse:
Eye makeup removers
Micellar waters
Greasy balms - not necessarily expensive ones, just ones that do a great job of removing makeup - such as Clinique TTDO and The Body Shop Camomile Butter
Cleansing creams - preferably thicker ones - a perfect example would be Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream - the one they discontinued - how rude.
Oils - oils are great for removing makeup, but you don't have to pick a really expensive one for the first cleanse.  

Second cleanse:
This is where you use your most expensive cleansing product. This one is your skin cleanser more than your makeup remover. Its job is to make sure your skin is clean, balanced and comfortable and ready for everything else that you are applying afterwards. It's time to use your good stuff.
You can obviously use one cleanser for both cleanses if you have budget concerns. Just buy the best that you can afford when you can afford it. We've all been there. Well, I certainly have. 
If you are using one product, apply a small amount for the first cleanse mainly to loosen eye makeup and cheek areas (where we tend to apply the most SPF). Remove with a flannel and go in again with another round. 
The second cleanse is the massage stage, not the first.

The best products for second cleanses are:
Cleansing balms - good ones. Gorgeous, plant-based, greasy ones. Greasy in the best way.
Cleansing milks 
Cleansing gels - non-foaming
Cleansing creams
Cleansing clays 
Cleansing oils - oils and balms are easily my favourite choice for skin cleansing. They are brilliant for ensuring that everything is off and don't disturb the acid mantle in an aggressive manner. 

That is really all there is to it. The important part is to remember to do it every single day without fail.

As with all other cheat sheets, I'll keep this updated with anything obvious that I've forgotten - and I'll try and answer any specific product Q's below - again it's easier if it's a Yes or No question. :)











113 comments:

  1. Thanks! Hope that travel cheat sheet is up soon :)

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  2. Faaaaabulous! Can I just say, L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil is incredible and I would recommend you trying it if you haven't done so already Xx

    Olivia - www.cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Adriana Gonzalez1 March 2015 at 21:20

    Hi Caroline,
    I don't wear any makeup and work in a school (USA). What cleanser should I use? Preferably one I can use both AM and PM. I have normal, dehydrated skin and break out on my forehead/temples.

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!

    Adriana

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  4. Good evening Lady Hirons, thankyou for such a great post. You say you use an oil in the morning to cleanse if you will be wearing makeup that day. Any suggestions for a nice morning oil cleanser for combo/oily skins please? Thanks, you are the best xx

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  5. Is Clinque TTDO suitable for both cleanses??

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  6. Lady Hirons, thank you again for such a brilliant post. You say you use an oil to cleanse in the morning if you are going to wear makeup. Any suggestions for a nice oil for combination/oily skin please? Thanks xx

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  7. Adriana Gonzalez1 March 2015 at 21:25

    Hi Caroline,

    I don't wear any makeup and work in a school (USA). What cleanser would you recommend? I have normal, dehydrated skin and break out on my forehead/temples.

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!

    Adriana

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    1. So very sorry about all of the posts. It wasn't going through and my laptop was acting funny. I didn't mean to seem so overbearing

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  8. Hi Caroline,

    I don't wear any makeup and work in a school (USA). What cleanser would you recommend? I have normal, dehydrated skin and break out on my forehead/temples.

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!

    Adriana

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  9. Zelens' Liquid Balm, on scale from 1 to 11 - just how good is it? :)

    ~L

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    1. I need to know that one too please. Since the picture on Instagram last autumn, no mention of it everywhere! Usually that means Caroline was not very keen on it? Though I hope that's not the case as I ordered it few weeks ago but I normally tend to seek 'Lady Hirons stamp of approval' before I buy something! Thanks x

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    2. I need to know that one too please. Since the picture on Instagram last autumn, no mention of it everywhere! Usually that means Caroline was not very keen on it? Though I hope that's not the case as I ordered it few weeks ago but I tend to seek 'Lady Hirons stamp of approval' before I buy something! Thanks x

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  10. Ooh, I have a yes / no question! Should you dry your face between first and second cleanse? (Esp when second cleanse is oil/balm, I feel like I should!)

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    1. Good question x
      Susie

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    2. you should apply oil\balm to a DRY face, massage and take it off.
      I think the answer was on a tin already

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    3. Caroline has said in comments before that one should not dry between cleanses, as it can disturb the acid mantle. I had been drying between cleanses, as I took the direction to go in on dry skin very seriously, so was glad to have this clarified.

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    4. That is a good question, I always do, but I'd be interested in what Caroline says.

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    5. I am puzzled too as any balms I have state dry skin and to me this is the best way to remove any makeup or spf but I read Caroline's reply ages ago and agree with Jackie as this made me stop crying my face for the second cleanse. I use a good quality balm so according to the sheet it should be my 2nd cleanse which would be on damp skin

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    6. Never really thought of it, as I always slightly my skin beteween cleans but maybe I shouldn't. Hoping Mrs H. will see our questioning.

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    7. I don't know what Caroline will say, but here's my answer --

      If the second cleanser is something which emulsifies (like an oil you massage on, then add water so it becomes milky) I quickly blot my face and dry my hands before the second cleanse, so there isn't 'excess' water starting the emulsification straight away. *blotting* is not the same as drying - after blotting I've still got a minute to get the second cleanser on my skin before it actually dries out.
      (With products that emulsify, I massage them on, then add some water, massage some more, and remove with a wet flannel/washcloth (rinse washcloth, and repeat to make sure it's gone).

      If the second cleanser *doesn't* emulsify (and usually this is the case, since usually things that emulsify are better for the first cleanse anyhow because that's pretty effective for getting off makeup/sunscreen) then I just go straight in with the second cleanser on wet face (not dripping wet though, since I've just used a washcloth/flannel). I still quickly dry my hands between cleanses though, because I don't like handling bottles/jars/whatever with wet hands - it feels like I'm making a mess.

      I don't really *dry* my face after the second cleanse either, it's a just a more thorough blotting followed directly by the acid toning stage.

      The idea is that once I've wet it, my face never actually gets truly dry until I've added on the good stuff (toner/serum/oil/moisturizer/whathaveyou). Letting my skin dry out in between the stages leads to dehydration, which I figure is also going to be the case for most people.

      And this is why my lovely partner knows never to interrupt me half-way through my skincare routine!

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    8. I always use warm damp washcloths to remove whatever cleansing products I use (oil/balm/milk cleanser) and I find that my face is relatively dry after my first cleanse. Therefore, I can go straight on with my second cleanser on my dry face without having to dry my face with a towel.

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  11. Hi Caroline,

    I don't wear any makeup and work in a school (USA). What cleanser would you recommend? I have normal, dehydrated skin and break out on my forehead/temples.

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!

    Adriana

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  12. I have ageing spot prone sensitive skin and never go a day without full make up. Should I be letting my skin breathe at least one day a week? Thanks

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  13. Thank you! Have found this really helpful. Liz Earle hot polish yes or no? Thanks kx

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    1. Google "Caroline Hirons Liz Earle" and find your answer :) (it's a big no, but worth a read)

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  14. Ooh, travel cheat sheet!? Yes please, off for my 1st long haul flight in a month, your advice would be so welcome! Products & packing tips (like when you used pads in little ziplock bags)

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  15. I'm also keen on the travel sheet! :)
    Yes, you do seem to have a soft spot for balms and oils for cleansing but with my oily face I hate the feeling of greasiness just after "cleansing" - I hope you can add more cleansing gels / milks or the like instead! Please please!
    Thanks though Caroline. You are the best-est. :)

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  16. Caroline - thank you for your blog, my skin has improved so much since I began following your advice! I've just starting using Clinique TTDO balm as a first cleanse on recommendation from your blog, love it. Using Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser then and mix it up with Dermalogica Chroma Whitening Cleanser. I have oily skin, acne, pigmentation from acne scars and sensitive pink-toned Irish skin. Yay or nay on the Dermalogica cleansers? Using Lotus Oil, and a mix of acids: First Aid, Clarins and the Origins pads. Clarins Pore-minimizing serum and Dermalogica hydration booster as serums. Dermalogica Active Moist moisturiser. Still have spots in the non-hormonal areas! (U zone spots expected every month) :-). Thank you! Mol

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  17. Paula's Choice resist toner?

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  18. Hi Caroline, thank you for opening my eyes to skincare. Your blog is now my bible : ) I'm currently using Clinique TTDO cleanser and Lush Ultrabland cleanser but my nose is constantly bright red (bad times). I've been doing some research and have come across Clinique Redness Solutions Cleanser and REN Evercalm Cleansing Milk.
    Would you recommend either of these?

    Thank you x

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    1. Hi Stephanie. I am also queen of the redness. I have found that Clinique Redness Solutions Cleanser is ace but always out of stock (maybe they are discontinuing?). La Roche Posay Toleriane cleanser is the bees knees for me. Its really helped along with their rosaliac day cream. I've not tried the REN. REALLY recommend LRP to you. Froma fellow red nosed sista x

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    2. Hi Clara, thank you so much for your reply. Oohh great, I was so tempted by the Clinique Cleanser a few weeks ago but bought the Moisturiser instead. I think i may need to purchase a few cleansers just incase it does get discontinued. Really need to calm this bad boy before summer. I will let you know how I get on : ) x

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  19. What do you think of the Diptyque cleansing balm? It smells divine and I love using it but the scent scares me a bit (potential irritants)?

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  20. These cheat sheets should be made compulsory reading to everyone. Thank you for taking the time to write them!

    Ellie xo
    http://thebeautifulunnecessary.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. This is all stuff I've gleaned from your various posts but it's brilliant to have it all in one place as an easy reference tool, thank you!
    ~El

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  22. Can you reccommend a few cleansers suitable for second cleanse for dehydrated skin please? X

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    1. Ditto on this question, but for combo skin.

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    2. I've been using First Aid Beauty Milk Oil cleanser as my second cleanse and in the morning and it's wonderful.

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  23. On the subject of budget I make my own cleansing balm using beeswax, mango butter and almond oil. The ingredients tot up to less than a tenner and produce loads of cleanser that works really well for *my* skin. I am well aware that by posting this I am facing the wrath of the Hirons, but I was hoping to encourage less ladies to spend their pennies on wipes! :)

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    1. That sounds lovely and similar to one I make but I can't handle cleaning up after, the stuff leaves such residue on everything with wax?!?!? How do you clean, would love some advice from you, would really really appreciate it :)

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  24. Thank you Caroline. Would you double cleanse after a home-based day when you have had no SPF or make up on?

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    1. I personally would say no, just one cleanse after a day of no makeup or SPF. But that's just me :)

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  25. Love it. I have been studying from home for 4 days without going out of house. I feel like a hermit but a hermit with very nice skin.
    I have been religiously double cleansing for almost 2 years. The texture of my skin have never been better.
    Although I have only twice missed a proper makeup remover since I was 15(So 14 years) and skin got very angry.

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  26. Can I use First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream on my face?

    Thank you :)

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  27. I wish I could stick to a diet as well as I stick to your cleansing rules! Xx

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  28. Hi Caroline, are non-foaming cleansing gels (like the Nuxe Reve de Miel) enough to remove SPF? Thanks!

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  29. Pai cream cleanser 1st cleanse or better as a morning cleanser?

    Georgia Louise Cleanse and Heal balm 2nd cleanse?

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  30. I feel like pretty much everything you write in bold can become my new mantra. I can totally picture myself in a *I don't know what to do with myself* moment and thinking "When in doubt, go in with grease."

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  31. I suppose we should start up a petition urging Clarins to bring back the Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream. I am on my last post and I am grateful that the winter is over.

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  32. Caroline your advice on cleansing has been so great for my skin, thank you. I can't believe it took me until almost 30 (when I discovered your blog two years back) to learn I needed to double cleanse. Yikes. I was lucky and graced with good skin until I hit the big 3-0 and then everything went south.

    I've been doing my first cleanse with either The Body Shop Butter or Oil, then following up with Clinique Redness Relief which is a milky cream. Am I doing ok?
    I think I was doing at least one part wrong because I was massaging my face with the balm/oil cleanse, not the second cleanse!

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  33. Thank you so much for creating these Cheat Sheets! You seriously need to write a beauty book! *I'll put my pre-order in now!*

    I've been wondering. Somedays I go out and come home in the late afternoon and take my makeup off. I assume I should do my whole routine at this time (i.e. Double cleanse, exfoliating tone, moisturizing tone, floral water, oil treatment, moisturizer) but I don't always have time to do my facial massage bc of my two little ones. Then before bed I may or may not wash my face, depending on whether or not my face escapes the occasional food, saliva and grubby hands that tend to find their way on my face. If I do wash it, I assume I should do my whole routine. My question is on those nights my face magically escapes the barrage that is two little boys, should I just moisturize? Or should I treat and moisturize? Or tone, treat and moisturize? Or just treat? And if I hadn't done a facial massage what kind product should I use to massage, if I don't want to wash my face again? I'm thinking a balm moisturizer? If I use a balm moisturizer I'm thinking it should go on last?

    Thank you in advance! You're simply wonderful!

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    1. I wonder about this, too. Sometimes, when I've had a rotten day, I just want to come home, wash my face and get into my pajamas (at 5pm). Should I just mist and apply some extra moisturizer at bedtime?

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  34. Haha! Great timing. I was just thinking earlier, it would be nice if Caroline made a post about cleansing. I have oily, congested and acne-prone skin, still in the search for a morning/2nd cleanse. I currently use TTDO balm to remove makeup, and Spectro Gel for acne prone skin. P.S. I'm excited to try Soap & Glory Ultimelt if I can get my hands on it... and maybe the Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel

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  35. This is a wonderful, quick guide to double cleansing. Thank you so much! I'd like to see a travel cheat sheet, too, please. I'll be flying to Korea at the end of this month and I want to be prepared.

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  36. Travel cheat sheet please!!!!!!!!'n

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  37. Yes or no to this Dr. Sam video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diadqG2mVpM - where she says don't exfoliate daily, use a cleansing brush, don't double-cleanse, don't use toners, and don't use oils on spot-prone skin ???

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  38. Thank you so much Caroline. It solved my questions for cleansing. Since I started following your cleansing routine, my skin improved really well just in a week!! ☺️

    Please explain more about cleaning oil. I try to avoid mineral oil (from all my skin care, not just cleansing). I use Shu Uemura Ultime 8. Is it contain mineral oil? I don't see it on the ingredient list.... Is Isopropyl Myristate" bad for skin? When I googled it, I found it clogs pore.... It's not easy to understand ingredient lists.😢

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  39. At first, this is first time to comment on your blog and I'm not sure if it's working properly... If I repeat posting my comment , I'm sorry!!

    Thank you so much Caroline. It solved my questions for cleansing. Since I started following your cleansing routine, my skin improved really well just in a week!! ☺️

    Please explain more about cleaning oil. I try to avoid mineral oil (from all my skin care, not just cleansing). I use Shu Uemura Ultime 8. Is it contain mineral oil? I don't see it on the ingredient list.... Is Isopropyl Myristate" bad for skin? When I googled it, I found it clogs pore.... It's not easy to understand ingredient lists.😢

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  40. Hi Caroline,
    Have been reading your blog for years now and love every bit of it! I now own a gazillion white face washers LOL :P
    I am Australian and would love some skincare recommendations for products I can actually get here! Cant get my hands on half the lovely products you recommend! I am mid 30's, combination skin, have had adult acne (not severe), have a few deep wrinkles and mild pigmentation......would SO love to hear your thoughts.
    Kindest Regards
    Kathryn :)

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    1. Hi Kathryn, I'm an Aussie too. We have similar skin types. Have you tried the pure African skincare by Shea Terra? I have 5+ of their oils on rotation, use a tamanu oil moisturiser, pure black African soap and their oil cleanser. I also use glycolic/lactic acid serum 1-2 times a week and salicylic acid toner to stop any spots appearing. My skin is now clear and not a wrinkle to be seen and I'm 33. I was using Retin-A but it's not as effective as the oils I've found so I've stopped using it. Hope that helps :) Laura.

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  41. Thank you for the perfect guide! I literally just read that article in Elle today!!

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  42. Thank you this post clarifies a lot...especially the fact that I can use micellar water for a first cleanse, because I thought it was not adequate...not that I wear make up frequently (except for eye make up and a little blush), but I do wear SPF daily!
    I would really like to see the travel cheat sheet. When travelling I have to admit that I use wipes followed by a non foaming cleanser!

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  43. Hey Caroline,
    Does this advice apply to men?
    Thinking of the boyf here who is still struggling to get a skincare routine that suits his acne-prone, dry skin complete with beard.
    You're the best!
    Elizabeth
    x

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  44. Thanks Caroline! I've been following your routines for the past couple of weeks and have seen a huge difference! I'm currently using Rocky Mountain Soaps Rosehip Cleansing Oil http://shop.rockymountainsoap.com/products/rosehip-cleansing-oil followed by FAB Cleansing Milk Oil. Here in Canada it is incredibly cold and dry and this has really helped hydrate my skin!

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  45. P.S. Definitely that travel cheat sheet pronto. Feel free to use my face as how to fail at travel beauty. My forehead is a different sodding colour to the rest of my face, argh!!!!!!!

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  46. OMG, it's like you've read my mind - I was going to ask you about all this!) I used to think I had my skincare routine sorted with the standard Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise but the more I've read your blog, the more confused I've become (in a good way!!) This is exactly what I've been hoping for because I've been completely bewildered by first and second cleanses and what products to use for each (I will definitely stop using Micellar water in the morning, I promise!!)
    I've now just got to figure out which products are right for my skin... why is there SO much choice!!
    Thanks for this, it's SUPER helpful!

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  47. Also, could you reccommend some second cleansers? I think I've got the first cleanse sorted, but I'm not sure about the second one and I know you've reviewed and recommended lots of products and I'm sure you've already done this elsewhere, but it would be really useful to have your top 5/ 10 here as well (I've got normal but slightly dehydrated skin - I think!!)

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    1. Oh I was going to ask exactly the same question, only that I have combo and really dehydrated skin in winter.

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  48. Hi Caroline, thanks a lot - thanks to the cleansing instructions my skin is great and glowy like never before. Just a question, not necessarily about cleansing sense stricto, what would you recommend for cleaning face of my four year old, pretty dirty in the evenings, not to strip it and preserve it at its best? Do not want to use any of my adults cleansers, too many potentially irritating ingredients...
    Thanks a million and thanks for your blog,
    J

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  49. Bioderma to remove eye makeup first, than Emma hardie cleansing balm over my face and next ren clay cleanser to remove any residue is ok? Thank you. Love your amazing blog!

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  50. Seriously thinking about getting the Body Shop Chamomile Balm!

    Anceeta.com


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  51. hi nice offer at m&s 20%off emma hardie cleansing balm only £28.80 and facial oil £24.80 :) nice Monday morning shopping :)
    love your blog have new face thanks to you
    jola

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    1. Just looked online for this and can't see it - is it in-store only? It's still cheaper (in the long run) to buy the 200ml tub at £49 - lots of outlest for that, incl. Space NK. QVC used to have a great range of Emma Hardie, but now she's gone more "mainstream" they seem to have lost most of it which is a real shame as they had some great offers and sets.

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  52. Is Nip & Fab glycolic fix cleanser good to use for a second cleanse?
    It is also what I use for a quick morning refresh.
    Thank you ! xx

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  53. Unfortunately the oil/foam cleansing fallacy has been perpetuated due to Korean/Asian cleansing methods (which a lot of expats have taken up and written about). I tried it myself, before I realised that foam was *terrible* for my skin and makes me break out like never before. Guess that's the problem which so much conflicting advice being out there on t'interwebs. Thanks for all of your cheat sheets and honest talking - I finally feel that I'm getting a grip on my skincare routine for the first time in my life (even though I've still got a ways to go!)

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  54. My skin's improved so much since I started paying more attention to how I was cleansing - particularly love the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. Expensive, but bloody worth it - Tata's ruined me for other cleansers!

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  55. Oh no, I think I have been doing it all backwards way on...and there's me thinking I am a clever little devil for double cleansing hahaha. I use Liz Earle cleanse and Polish in the mornings, and in the evenings I take my eyemakeup off with Nivea extra gentle eye make up remover, then use the lovely Emma Hardie Morenga cleansing balm, and then I have been using L'Oreal Paris skin perfection 3 in 1 micellar solution as my final cleanse......should it be the micellar first and then Emma Hardie?
    Thanks for everything you do....can't get enough of it :)
    Louise

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  56. I can't believe there ever was a time when I didn't double cleanse, mainly back when I was about 16/17 and would be too scared to use up all of my Liz Earle cleanse & polish. I think i got to 18 and started trying out new products and realised that my skin probably wasn't looking that great because all I was doing was removing make up and not actually cleaning my skin. Big no-no and ridiculously gross when you think about it. The Body Shop Chamomile butter/oil is great for taking of make-up, as you say, and then there's nothing nicer than taking some time to really massage your cleanser into the skin for the second cleanse!

    She's So Lucy

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  57. Excellent post Caroline :) thanks for this!

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  58. 1st Bioderma
    2nd Clarins Gentle mousse cleanser with tamarind for combination skin
    yes or no?

    * (The clarins one foams a little bit, but i've tried others last month like LRP milk or TBS camomile butter and i've got breakouts like crazy :( )

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  59. In the evening I remove eye makeup, then cream cleanser(Elemis), then Clarisonic with liquid cleaner. How much comes off with the Clarisonic is shocking, the brush head is really grubby.

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  60. Thank you Caroline! Something I'm looking for is a cheat sheet with ingredients! good and bad, the most common like Propylane Glycol.. is it good or bad? All I know is that it's used in a lot of products haha =)

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  61. Thanks Caroline! I generally double cleanse in the evenings when wearing makeup with an oil followed by a cream cleanser x
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  62. Brilliant!!!!!!!! It's very helpful, even for one who has been following your routine for about two years. But, but... you reminded me, yet again, about the Clarins *sobs*

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  63. So the 1st cleanse is only to remove makeup and not makeup and/or SPF? I take my eye makeup off with a dedicated eye makeup remover. I don't wear face makeup but do wear SPF so was doing a double cleanse after the eye makeup removal. From what you said in this post that doesn't seem necessary. Is this true? Thx.

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    1. I'd also like to know the answer to this :) I remove my eye makeup as a pre-cleanse, and then go in with a balm and then cream cleanser. I don't know if it's possible to "over" cleanse but after this I feel like I'm going a bit overkill on the cleansers...

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  64. Shiseido Ultimune contains alcohol denat high up in the list: do you recommend this product?

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  65. I did go to bed twice this weekend (I am ashamed U_U) because 1st night I was too sleepy (aided by two beers) to do it, and the 2nd night way too drunk to do it (do not remember undressing or getting into bed). I usually get up as soon as I feel like I can on those days and wash my face properly.

    In cases such as drunkenness, would you prefer us to use the face wipe until we are sober enough to cleanse properly, or go to bed in full makeup? I'm gonna guess you'd prefer the wipe.

    Also, would just like to say that since I have started double cleansing and not using wipes to "take my makeup off" I really enjoy taking my makeup off at the end of the day and having a clean face. Feels SO nice! Thank you for your tips and opinions Caroline, much appreciated :)

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  66. Good to know!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  67. Hi Caroline! I have actually been doing eye make up remover, precleanse and then cleanse... overkill? I use waterproof mascara always as my eyes tear for the tiniest bit of breeze. How do I know if a cleanser can get rid of waterproof? I am looking for a new cleanser as I currently use a foaming one. Dehydrated skin, oily in t-zone in the afternoon. Would love tips for stuff I can get at Target/Walmart/Sephora :) Thanks for your blog!

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  68. I love these cheat sheets so much! Thank you!

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  69. I always use (avocado) oil for the first cleanse and do some massage with it as oil just works better for massages. Wrong? Because you say massages are for the second one ;)

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  70. Awesome cheat sheet! Question! :)
    I use Clinique TTDO first, and then Emma Hardie second - I know you've mentioned not drying your face in between 1st & 2nd cleanse but you've also said apply balms onto dry skin so when you say use balms in the 2nd cleanse, is this on dry or damp face? :)

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  71. Hi Caroline, have you tried any of the PURE range from Marks and Spencers, they seem to have really good reviews and the prices are really good, what do you think of them?
    Thanks
    Louise x

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  72. Pretty much what I'd gathered from you previously but it's always good to have a little section on these things. Love your style of writing with all the little asides!

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  73. To quote the hardest working man in showbusiness, Mr James brown,' you are out of sight'! You're the hardest working woman in your field! Cheers for all your time

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  74. Thank you Caroline, this was of great help!

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  75. So essentially 3 cleanses. 1 to get rid of makeup. Then followed by 2 cleanses to actually cleanse the skin? I'm confused!

    Btw love you and your blog Caroline. THANK YOU!

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    1. No your first cleanse is your makeup remover. :) No Need to go in 3 times :)

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  76. This cheat shit is actually confusing us... As it prove the tons of questions. But you don't have the time to answer, do you? Thats a pity

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    1. I get 500+ comments to answer a week - on a busy day that's daily. I doubt you'll find a blogger that responds to their readers as much as I do.
      Gimme a break.
      Or sod off.
      Or be patient.
      Or sod off.
      Can't decide really.

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    2. I always read your blog and the only thing I don't like is that you answer our questions just when you feel attacked by some comment. I love your blog but I think that it isn't polite to say to sod off to a reader who wait for answers. It isn't the first time that u say "write Yes/no questions" and u don't reply to any of them. We know that you are busy, and that it is impossible to respond to every single comment, but it is part of the game of being a blogger.

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    3. Firstly, I don't just answer questions when I feel attacked. I answer them quickly because if I don't deal with them, my readers usually jump to my defence and then I am accused of setting people on to the original commenter - OR - if I delete the comment, I feel like I am being unfair to the person who has a point to make. Sometimes it feels like I can't win, despite my best intentions.
      And yes comments like the original one here are unnecessary and rude, I answer as many comments as I physically can, but I promise you if I sat in front of the computer 24/7 I still wouldn't catch up.
      And this is no 'game' to me. I put my heart and soul into what I do. that's why I take it seriously - and sometimes personally.

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  77. I use eye makeup remover and Ole Henriksen's makeup wipes (in the purple bag) PRIOR to my first cleanse. If I did not, my washcloths (or flannels) would never come clean from the makeup. I have hundreds if washcloths just for my face and throw them away when they don't come clean after laundering.

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  78. Thanks for the tips, especially the micellar water. I've got other cleansers and will try them instead.

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  79. Erno Laszlo started the double cleanse method - cleansing oil followed by a proper soap to remove the oil and cleans/ treat the skin- 60 years ago. Japanese skincare brands like Komenuka Bijin which has been around for ages also has this method using a rice soap/foam as the second cleanser after the oil. Then in the past 8 syear cleansing oils became the rage when M.A.C and Dermalogica and Korean brands came out with these oils. So IMO folks should really start with Erno Laszlo even if just for research the type of products and their ingredients as it's an expensive line.

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  80. is there any good balm cleansers you can recommend - inexpensive? Also, would you recommend avoiding foaming cleansers altogether?
    thanks

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  81. is philosophy 'purity' good for the first cleanse?

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  82. I've been using organic jojoba oil as my first cleanse, followed by the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil for my second cleanse. Skin is looking better already - thank you! x

    http://www.alicjaxo.com

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