Here’s Exactly Why You Need to Be Double Cleansing

Double cleansing means exactly what you think: cleansing your face twice in the evening. And if you wear makeup, you definitely should be doing it! It’s a simple and effective way to keep your skin in great condition. We tapped into the knowledge of Pixi’s Global Makeup Artistic Director, Amanda Bell, to find out why it should be the basis of every makeup-wearer’s beauty regimen.

What is double cleansing?

Double cleansing isn’t using two face wipes instead of just one! It consists of first using an oil-based remover on dry skin, working this into the skin to lift off any makeup. It’s then washed off and followed by a cream-based cleanser to ensure all makeup is thoroughly removed, and to aid hydration. This is done at night when you have been wearing makeup all day. One cleanse followed by moisturizer and SPF is enough for your morning routine.

What are the benefits?

Amanda says “double cleansing ensures that all last vestiges of make up and sunscreen are removed.” This way the skin is completely clear from makeup residue and the second cleanse leaves the skin “soft and hydrated, keeping skin healthy and clear.” Poorly-removed makeup is one of the main culprits of blocked pores and, subsequently, blemishes. With double cleansing you can be sure that you’ve removed everything.

Is it an effective method of cleansing for all skin types?

“Oil works like a magnet, effectively lifting dirt and pigment from the skin, so that skin is actually cleaner and fresher after using an oil cleanser as the first step,” says Amanda. Those with oily skin should not fear that they will clog their pores with oils as they are being washed off, lifting all the grime as they go. You’ll find they are doing the opposite to pore clogging! “The second element of the cleanse should be the treatment part, this is the cleanser that can improve the texture and treat the skin further.” This is where you can use a cleanser to meet your specific skin type to improve the skin’s texture.

How does double cleansing effect the products used after?

“It leaves skin superbly soft and also hydrated.” Because of how hydrated and clean the skin feels, you will find you will use less serum and moisturizer because cleansing has done a good job beforehand. Prepped and clean skin provides the perfect base for serums and moisturizers to work their magic and absorb deep into the skin.

How does double cleansing help makeup application?

Good makeup always starts with good skin care! Amanda says that “with nightly double cleansing the skin is kept clean and the texture improves, it can potentially improve the clarity and hydration of the skin which means that essentially you need less foundation or base, as skin is fresh and flawless.” Foundation always sits better when the skin is hydrated and has been well prepped. Doing a night-time double cleanse not only removes makeup and refreshes the face after a long day but also prepares the skin for the next day of makeup application.

What product is recommended for anyone looking to start?

You can use any oil-based and cream-based cleansers you like, but Pixi has collaborated with skin care expert and blogger Caroline Hirons to produce Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse ($38), which contains the two steps in one tub, and is perfect for newbies! “It has been created for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Both cleansers work perfectly together so it takes the guess work out of the equation, you know that both cleansers work in complete synergy with each other. Leaving skin immaculately clean but perfectly prepped.”

For those wanting to up their skin care game even further, use the infamous Pixi Glow Tonic ($15) after cleansing. Trust me, you’ll be glowing.

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This Will Make You Want To Give Bar Soap Another Chance

A good cleanser is fundamental to a healthy skin-care routine, whether your preference is a heavy-duty oil for washing away tough makeup, a gentle, soothing cream, or a blemish-busting foam with BHA. But with all the many options out there on the market (and on our bathroom shelves), perhaps we’re doing ourselves an injustice by forgetting the humble bar soap.

Maybe it’s nostalgia, or maybe just a return to essentials — but bar soaps have come a long way since the sulfate-heavy, overly fragrant ones your grandma kept next to her sink. These days, cleansing bars are teeming with the same natural, skin-saving ingredients as your favorite go-to cleanser. In other words: they’re back.

SkinOwl founder Annie Tevelin says that there are a few reasons for the soap-bar resurgence. “I’ve seen a huge upswing in minimalist skin care, and the ‘less is more’ mantra has never felt more relevant,” she says. “Solid soap bars are easy to use and efficient in that way — and, most importantly, people are finally seeing how well they work on the skin.” There are even a few benefits to using soap bars over their liquid counterparts: They last longer, contain only the necessary ingredients rather than preservatives sometimes used in balms and gels, and require no plastic packaging, which is always a plus for the planet.

One thing to note: As Sisley facialist Elsa van Twist explains, most cleansing bars don’t actually remove makeup, but should be treated more like a second cleanse after you’ve taken yours off. Think of it as an addition to your existing skin-care arsenal rather than a replacement, and you’re good to go — all you need is a cute soap dish.

No doubt about it, this is a very expensive bar of soap… but it’s also the best bar of soap. If you can afford it or just happen to have a birthday or anniversary coming up, this nourishing, soap-free (confusing, but true) cleansing bar leaves skin feeling clean and purified without drying.

Sisley Paris Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar, $67, available at Nordstrom.

You can’t go wrong with this classic soothing cleansing bar, which removes impurities and refreshes skin as well as your favorite cold cream — with a lot less mess.

Avène Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar, $10, available at Amazon.

Packed with a rich, nourishing micro-algae blend, this gentle cleanser is dreamy for oily skin types that could use a bit of a “detox.”

Estée Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Cleansing Bar, $28, available at Estée Lauder.

Protect your natural moisture barrier, soothe inflamed skin, and add a little more millennial pink to your beauty routine with this sensitive skin-friendly formula.

Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Bar, $38, available at Dermstore.

Available in four different formulas depending on your skin type (and all with the option to get a handcrafted tray and travel-size bar for $12 extra), SkinOwl’s Beauty Bars are all formulated without coconut oil, which makes them especially good for breakout-prone complexions. Tomato is our favorite for oily, easily congested skin.

SkinOwl Tomato Beauty Bar, $24, available at SkinOwl.

This all-natural brand uses wild harvested Siberian herbs and berries rich in oils and vitamins to clean skin, while activated carbon draws out pore-clogging impurities.

Natura Siberica Northern Soap For Deep Facial Cleansing, $15.83, available at Ecco Verde.

For an affordable option that’s perfect for controlling sebum production on oil-prone skin, this charcoal-based bar keeps breakouts at bay.

Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap, $3.69, available at Target.

This gentle yet effective formula cleanses and draws impurities out of oily, acne-prone skin.

Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar, $12, available at Sephora.

Like a mud bath in bar form, this one actually isn’t soap at all — rather, it’s 100% Umbrian clay, which becomes an in-shower mask when it gets wet without losing its solid form.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Treatment Bar, $40, available at Sephora.

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If you’re ready to add a bit of magic to your skincare routine, you’re in luck. ASOS has four Disney Princess face masks, and honestly, we couldn’t be more excited.
Each mask has a Disney Princess-inspired pattern and different feature (like calming or soothing) with ingredients inspired by the Disney Princess herself. For example, the Belle mask is enriched with rose water, which couldn’t be more perfect. Take a look at all four masks below, and find your favorite at ASOS now.

Ariel Soothing Cucumber Sheet Face Mask

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5 Ways You Can Boost the Health of Your Hair With Jojoba Oil

Chances are you’ve come across jojoba oil in at least one of your hair products. The natural oil is a popular haircare ingredient because of its numerous properties that benefit hair health—plus the fact that it works effectively with all types of hair. And while it’s common to find on the ingredient list of your favorite natural haircare products, the oil itself is a saving grace for tired strands that need a restorative boost of moisture and nutrients. Below we’ve listed a few of the ways using jojoba oil for hair can be a transformative step in your haircare routine. Whether you’re trying to kickstart growing out your hair, seeking to put an end to split ends, combatting dandruff, or simply looking for added smoothness and shine, jojoba oil has the power to deliver results for nearly all your haircare desires.

Because of its 98% monounsaturated fat and 2% saturated fat composition, nutrient-rich jojoba oil helps moisturize and condition hair by penetrating the inside of the hair fiber. If applied before washing hair, the oil can help prevent shampoo from stripping your strands of their natural oils. You can also apply jojoba oil after washing, while hair is still damp, to provide a protective coating to each hair shaft.

Jojoba oil’s molecular composition is almost identical to human sebum—the oil that acts as the skin’s natural moisture barrier—so it delivers welcome hydration to strands without messing up your scalp’s natural balance or leaving behind a greasy residue.

Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties so it controls the growth of bacteria in the hair follicle, reducing the likelihood of dandruff.

Because jojoba oil helps to clean the scalp and hair follicles, it can promote hair growth by dissolving buildup by unclogging the follicles and allowing a clear passageway.

One last way jojoba oil can be beneficial to hair health is by repairing strands damaged by heat and styling. Jojoba oil fills in the cracks and imperfections along the hair cuticle and also helps to seal split ends. Furthermore, the oil boasts calming properties so it conditions and soften strands, leaving you with a smooth, silky finish.

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