When it comes to beauty, I am the laziest girl you’ve ever meet. My night-time skincare routine mainly consists of washing my face, slathering on the one drugstore moisturiser that I picked up on my last trip to the supermarket, and that’s it! I am off to bed. I mean seriously, who has the time to invest more than two minutes in applying a serpentine list of products after a tiring day? Gah, not me fo sho!

But unfortunately for me, things started to change when all of a sudden I started noticing frequent breakouts on my usually dry skin, uneven skin texture, and more blackheads than my tiny nose could accommodate! These were far too many skin woes even for me, and prompted me to do a little research on how to salvage my skin. That’s when I discovered how most people on the Internet are going ga-ga over double cleansing and that dermats claim it could help most of the issues I was dealing with. 

Given my propensity for laziness (well, ignorance too), it is no wonder that I am probably the last person to give double cleansing a try. Since it sounded so high maintenance, and honestly, slightly obsessive too, for a girl who sometimes to forgets to entirely wash her face. But try I did, as the lack of a solid skincare routine clearly wasn’t working for me.

Enter double-cleansing *drum roll* This is exactly what it sounds like – cleansing your face twice; first with a cleansing oil or micellar water and then with a foaming face wash. But this effort isn’t for nothing, Japanese women will tell you. When you start cleaning your face with an oil, it clears away the topmost layer of dirt, grime and dead skin cells by pulling out the gunk from your pores. This allows your usual foaming face wash to really get in there and do its job more effectively.

All the reviews prompted me to give this method a try, and based on my miniscule understanding of my skin type and its requirements, I picked the Pond’s Micellar Water as the first step of my double cleansing. It is the first ever known micellar water formulation that contains essential vitamins, collagen and antioxidants that are supposed to protect the skin from every day wear and tear. It also promises to brighten your face up to five times in a single swipe and since it can be used both on the eyes as well as the face, it was a great option for me. Although it comes in three different variants - rose, charcoal and aloe vera, I picked the rose one for my dry and sensitive skin type. Along with this, I continued using my usual face wash, mostly because I trusted it, and if something went majorly wrong, I would instantly know what caused it.

Despite the initial intimidation, the process of double-cleansing was actually pretty simple. Squeeze two pumps of the micellar water on to a cotton pad and swipe my face with it to dissolve all the makeup (yes, my waterproof mascara too). Pretty impressive, don’t you think? Once the makeup is sufficiently broken down, splash my face with water and immediately lather on my face wash. Next, pat my face dry and that’s it. I obviously follow this up with my usual moisturiser, because a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?

So did I see any difference? Hell YES! Obviously, it wasn’t an overnight, dramatic difference like I hoped for, but over two weeks, I did notice visible changes. The breakouts, especially on my forehead and chin began to reduce and the tiny bumps on my cheeks started to disappear in almost a week. Overall, my skin appeared a lot calmer and I started waking up to it looking super fresh and supple. Although, I didn’t notice any change in my existing blackheads, I must say that I haven’t seen any new blackheads in a while. That’s definitely a win for me.

So, to sum it this up, I think double cleansing is the best thing that I could do for my skin after having ignored it for as long as I can remember. After double cleansing every night for a few weeks now, I must say that my skin appears noticeably brighter and the tone and texture smoother. I’ve had at least four different people confirm this. Yay!

So, it’s decided; double cleansing worked wonders for my oily, acne-prone skin (and no, it did not clog my pores). I am totally sold.