Get the lowdown on double cleansing

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It can feel like a chore removing your make-up every night, and the idea of doubling the workload by cleaning twice can be off-putting.

So, why should we bother?

"A double cleanse is really a cleanse with a second step that further supports the skin prior to treatment steps," Kat Burki, creator of the eponymous luxury skincare line, explains. "The first step should be the true cleanse to break down make-up, debris, excess oils, and skin cells.

"The second cleanse supports the skin and should rehydrate and slightly exfoliate."

If sensitive skin troubles leave you feeling nervous about using too many products, it's worth remembering that two gentle formulas are kinder than one strong formula.

"I believe oil-based cleansers or balms can make excellent examples of good second step cleansers," Kat says. "Generally, these will have ingredients that you want to leave deep within the skin whereas first step cleanses are superficial and more astringent."

Here is Kat's step-by-step method for double cleansing:

1. Create a gentle foam with step one cleanser, using circular movements to help release stubborn make-up or debris.

TIP: Rinse with lukewarm water after first cleanse - cold water will close pores that you still want open for the step two cleanse.

2. Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm was created as a second step cleanser. With over seven per cent vitamin C and seven cold-pressed oils, it works to rehydrate the skin with healthy oils and act as a mild exfoliant.

3. Leave on for a few minutes and use the Supreme Weave Facial Cloth to remove any residue and gently exfoliate the skin.

4. Pat skin dry and proceed to your next skincare step.

For step one cleansers, we love Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser which contains over 92 ocean minerals to invigorate the skin and creates a gentle but effective lather to remove impurities.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is another favourite as it gently cleanses and exfoliates, plus is packed with naturally active ingredients including rosemary, chamomile, and cocoa butter.

Gallinee Foaming Facial Cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin as it offers a soap-free formula, plus prebiotics to nourish your microbiome.

Comfort Balm, from leading Korean skincare brand Wǒ, is ideal for removing stubborn make-up and promises to cleanse, hydrate, and condition all in one go. Plus, it comes in handy recyclable single blister packs, so you know exactly how much to use.

For step two cleansers, which are ideally oil-based, try Templespa In the Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt which has a butter-like texture and promises to leave you feeling like you've just had a facial as it polishes and brightens skin.

For anyone lucky enough to be heading off on holiday this summer, try Eve Lom's space-saving Cleansing Oil Capsule Travel Set, formulated with essential omega fatty acids and stored in a travel-friendly case with enough capsules to keep your complexion clean for two weeks.

To add another dimension to your double cleanse, try the Finishing Touch Flawless Cleanser, a reasonably priced electrical cleanser that will massage your face while cleaning and can also be used to apply moisturisers and serums.

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