What is double cleansing and how it benefits your skin

Double cleansing has been a key focus in skincare over the past little while, but if you’re not familiar with it, it probably sounds more involved than it is.

It might be something you’re already doing, you just didn’t know there was a term for it.

It simply means cleansing your face twice, generally at night, using  two different types of cleansers.

It’s purpose? The first cleanse is to remove surface debris accumulated during the day – including makeup, SPF and environmental pollution.

The second cleanse is designed to go deeper, to clean out pores properly in preparation for serum and moisturiser without having all of your makeup and spf to cut through. 

Proponents of a double cleanse say it does a world of good for your skin ensuring there is no residue or leftover gunk, and also improves  the effectiveness of the skincare you apply afterwards. 

The double cleanse is intended to be done at night, to remove when you’ve had more products on your face. When you wake in the morning, one simple cleanse r using a gel or cream cleanser is enough to refresh your face.

Like a facialist would if you were going for a treatment, the important part is to use products that are gentle and wont strip you skin, which is why the first step is usually undertaken with an oil-based cleansing balm or cleansing oil as they nourish skin’s natural protective barrier.


Best for first cleanse: Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm, $51; Clinique Take The Day off Cleansing Balm, $65; Emma Lewisham Illuminating Cleanser, $77; Pure Fiji Vitamin C Foaming Oil Cleanser, $55; Trilogy Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil, $34.99

STEP ONE – First cleanse : The first step is to use an oil-based cleanser as it’s lipophilic, so it binds with, and gently helps remove surface oil-based products as well as excess build up of your skin’s natural oils. Massage over dry skin – yes, over the top of your makeup! – and emulsify with warm water before rinsing away, encouraging the last traces with a damp flannel if required.

Best for second cleanse: Mecca Max FOAM-O Gentle Gel Cleanser, $17; Jeuneora Oh My Days Foaming Cloud Cleanser, $49; Fenty Skin Total Cleans’R Remove-It-All Cleanser, $41;  Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser, $67;  Elemis Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser, $100

STEP TWO: The second step is to use a water-based cream, gel, foam or milk cleanser to actually clean and condition skin without having to battle through product. You’ll need much less product for this step, the hard work is done with the first step. Simply spread over damp skin, massage gently and rinse away. 

After these steps, apply your serums and moisturiser as normal.

Feast your way around Auckland’s epic ‘Iconic Eats’ list

The second annual list of Iconic Auckland Eats has been released, just in time for the move to red traffic light on Friday 3 December.

The city-wide dining guide brings together 100 must-try dishes, spanning across a range of categories, from fine dining and neighbourhood cafes, to food trucks and markets.

Lovers of kaimoana will be happy to hear almost a quarter of the dishes feature seafood, including the iconic crayfish meatballs from Baduzzi and sashimi platter from Cocoro.

Baduzzi’s Crayfish Meatballs made the top 100 list, credit: Babiche Martens

20 establishments made the list for a second year running, including cult Korean joint Ockhee for its Chun Sa Chae Noodle Salad, Italian eatery Cotto for its Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sage Dumplings and Ben Bayley’s Commercial Bay restaurant, Ahi for its Scampi Hot Dogs.

Almost 1000 nominations were submitted for the 2021 Auckland Iconic Eats list, narrowed down by a team of food moderators from Auckland Unlimited.

“The stories about the final 100 eats are as diverse as the dishes they describe – a true reflection of Auckland’s rich dining scene and ethnic diversity,” says Auckland Unlimited programme manager Annie Dundas.

“While we can’t travel the world right now, you can certainly eat your way around the world right here in Auckland – from South Africa to the Middle East, Italy to Indonesia,” says Annie Dundas.

“Our hospitality industry has faced incredible challenges through the pandemic, and the stories shared throughout the list are heart-warming and prove how important food and our hospitality industry is on a very personal level,” she says.

To explore the 2021 Iconic Auckland Eats list visit

Photo credits: Babiche Martens, ATEED