By now, I’m sure most of you are well aware of how keen I am on the concept of double cleansing, a skincare principle that was first introduced to me by the great Caroline Hirons.
But I’ll be honest, in recent weeks, the combination of long train journeys, commuting stress and overall tiredness really started to take their toll and, one way or another, the ‘double’ bit of my double cleansing routine started to fade away. I know, I know, shame on me.
The truth is, I thought that continuing to cleanse my face twice daily with just one single cleanser would be enough… But I can’t tell you how many mornings I woke up with mascara smudges under my eyes, and eyeliner marks on my eyelids. Essentially, my eyes weren’t getting the proper cleanse that they needed – and then it struck me; that probably meant my skin wasn’t either.
So, what to do? First of all, I’ve reintroduced the double cleanse on as many nights as possible, skipping out only on the very odd occasion. And, on those evenings, I make sure that I pick a cleanser – usually a balm or an oil – that I know will take off my make up. As much as I love my Clarins cleanser and my Cetaphil face wash, those kinds of products just don’t cut it for me when it comes to breaking down all the day’s dirt and cosmetics – they’re much more suited to being the second step of the double cleanse, and both are brilliant in that instance.
To all of you who are thinking that mascara smudges in the morning are something of a normality, I’d suggest taking a quick look at your evening routine – and perhaps think about shaking it up slightly to include some more effective cleansing products. Think about the eyes as a ruddy good indicator for facial cleanliness on the whole… That’s certainly what worked for me!