My skin and I have always had a difficult relationship, but recently I started double cleansing with coconut oil, and I think things are on the mend between us.
As a teenager I had really bad acne, and when I finally outgrew it, I was left with deep scarring. I spent many years trying different products that claimed they could magically fill in my scars, or lessen the dark spots, but I’m finally starting to accept my skin as it is.
While I don’t break out anymore, my slightly older skin has other issues. It can get a little dry, it’s showing some fine lines, and on weekends when I indulge in a little vino it starts to look tired really quickly. One of my goals this year is to find a cleansing & treatment routine that works for my skin, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and is easy to execute. I just want the skin I have to look it’s best.
I did an insane amount of reading about skincare routines and products last fall, and decided to try two things first – washing my face with coconut oil, and double cleansing. Coconut oil seemed like a good choice because of the dry weather season (and my tendency for dry skin), and double cleansing because I feel it’s important to have super clean skin before putting serums and treatment products on.
DOUBLE CLEANSING WITH COCONUT OIL: STEP-BY-STEP
WHAT IS DOUBLE CLEANSING?
The simple answer – it means you wash your face twice. Korean women swear by this technique, and they have amazing skin. First you use a cleansing oil to clean the top layer of grime dirt and oils from your skin and pores, and then you follow up with a traditional face wash for a deep clean.
MY PROCESS FOR DOUBLE CLEANSING WITH COCONUT OIL:
1. I use about a teaspoon of good organic coconut oil that I rub between my hands and then massage onto my face in circular motions for about a minute.
2. Splash lukewarm water on my face and then gently remove the oil with a soft wet washcloth
3. Follow up with a cleanser and wash your face as normal.
DOES IT WORK?
For me, yes. What I love best about this method is:
The coconut oil just melts my eye makeup off with no tugging or pulling
Once I wash my face with cleanser it feels squeaky clean, but not tight, and I use much less moisturizer on my face. My skin feels amazing in the morning (I only double cleanse at night). As a bonus, since I started this routine my foundation goes on super smooth.
NOTES ON COCONUT OIL VS CLEANSING OIL
I have read a lot of beauty blogs that said washing your face with coconut oil can actually cause pimples and a specially formulated cleansing oil is the best way to go. On the other hand, there is a lot of support for coconut oil as a face wash. I would say, do what feels best for your skin. I love how my skin feels after using coconut oil, but I’m also careful to take my time and ensure I’ve washed my face well with cleanser after the oil.
Whether you use a pure oil or a cleansing oil, I think this is a great technique to try. Next on my list is finding the perfect cleanser. I have a favourite right now, but it’s from the drugstore and pretty heavy on chemicals, I’m hoping to find something a bit more gentle. I’m considering charcoal based face washes, so please share any experiences in in the comments!