Steps 2 and 3: Oil Cleanser + Water-Based Cleanser
Using an oil cleanser to remove oil-based impurities (sunscreen, makeup, sebum, pollution) is not just effective, it's relaxing — just use the pads of your fingers to lightly massage the oils into your skin. Cleansers like the Banila Co Clean It Zero ($16) make my skin feel nourished and hydrated after the fact, not stripped dry. And there is something strangely satisfying about watching my oil-slicked skin emulsify into a milky white substance, though it's probably because I know it's breaking down all the gunk. If I could bathe in it, I would.
Commonly known as a foam cleanser, this is massaged into my skin to remove any remaining impurities that my previous cleansing steps didn't catch. Cleansing properly with a cleanser like the Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Foam ($19) will ensure fewer breakouts and prevent premature aging, so if you're wondering if you're overdoing it with the cleansing, you're not. In fact, you'll be surprised what still remains on your skin even after doing the triple cleanse.