While layering on the scarves and cozy sweaters this month, have you noticed that your skin is more dry and itchy than usual?
Winter’s frigid outdoor temps and dry, overheated indoor spaces can deplete your skin’s natural moisture, so your first instinct may be to pile on the heavy face creams.
But before you glide on a pricey serum or slather on an intensive moisturizer, take time for a Japanese ritual designed to help get your skin ready, really ready, to absorb it all.
Japanese Double Cleansing to the Rescue
Here’s how a double cleanse can help your skin become more silky, well-hydrated and radiant this winter.
Step 1: Oil cleanse
Oil-based cleanser rids skin of impurities that can only be broken down with oil, such as makeup, sebum and sunscreen. Ours gently rinses away with no residue, leaving skin soft and nourished. Apply with dry hands, then massage onto dry face. Rinse thoroughly.
Step 2: Lathering cleanse
Water-based cleanser lathers away impurities that dissolve in water, such as sweat and pollution. Our gentle formulas do the job without stripping your skin’s moisture, and clear the way for the rest of your skincare routine. Wet face with lukewarm water. Create lather in palms, then massage face to cleanse. Rinse thoroughly.
An Ancient Art Is New Again
Centuries ago, Japanese women applied thick, heavy white makeup, inspired by the delicate beauty of geisha. To dissolve this oil-based makeup, they massaged emollient oils into their skin and rinsed them away with a foaming cleanser. Our taste in makeup has evolved since then, but the basic idea of cleansing with oil has caught on in a big way, even outside Japan. Plus, we’ve brought the oil cleanse into the 21stcentury with advanced ingredients that work hand-in-hand with traditional botanicals.
Rituals Designed for Your Skin Type
We’ve created a double cleanse ritual for everyone, whether or not you wear makeup—and even if you have oily skin. After double cleansing, your skin is truly ready for a toning lotion, moisturizer and other targeted treatment.
Here are five double cleanse combinations that thoroughly dissolve sebum, sunscreen, sweat, makeup and mascara, leaving skin deeply hydrated without stripping your skin or upsetting its pH balance.