One of the most common causes of skin problems like acne is actually improper cleansing. Because then you're actually just slathering on serums, moisturizers, and all your other products on still-dirty skin. That was me, too, some years ago when all I was doing was using a basic cleanser and calling it a night. Who was that girl?
That means double-cleansing is actually the most important step of your routine — you need a clean base for your other products to even work!
After unsuccessful trips to the derm and Western products doing absolutely nothing to stop my acne, hyperpigmentation, and oily skin from bidding me goodbye, I switched to a Korean skincare routine, willing to try something new, and discovered the wonders of double-cleansing, particularly the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm — which is what I'm here to talk to you about today, my lovelies!
But first, what is double cleansing, you might wonder? Just what it sounds like — a two-step cleansing method that originated in Asia and calls for first using an oil-based cleanser, then following it up with a water-based foam cleanser. Oil cleansers remove oil-based impurities like makeup and pollutants while water cleansers remove water-based impurities like sweat and dirt.
And just to be clear — it's a myth that cleansing oils are bad or cause breakouts for oily skin and this is coming from a very oily-skinned gal (seriously, I cannot leave the house without oil-blotting sheets or I'll end up with a face as shiny as an oil barrel in two hours).
Cleansing oils are made to be extremely gentle, use plant-based oils, and get out the gunk on your skin that a water cleanser can't get, breaking down stuff like SPF and excess sebum. And it's good for ALL skin types, oily and combo included!