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According to many celebrities, like Blake Lively, Margot Robbie, Lily James and Son Ye Jin, cleansing is one of the most important steps in their daily skincare routine. 

In fact, cleansing is such an important step that the team at Net-A-Porter Beauty has also noticed that cleansers is the most sought after beauty product at the company’s recent 2019 Beauty Trends presentation. According to Newby Hands, Global Beauty Director of Net-A-Porter Beauty, the growth in the cleanser category highlights women’s current obsession with cleansing, double cleansing and even triple cleansing, which can be linked to the global impact of pollution. 


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K-pop idol, Chungha, is one such fan of triple cleansing — removing her makeup with a cleansing wipe, followed by a thorough cleansing using a cleansing oil and then finishing with a facial wash to get rid of any last traces of makeup, dirt and impurities. 

But is triple cleansing really necessary? And more importantly, will you end up doing more harm than good to your skin? 


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According to Dr Eileen Tan, dermatologist at Eileen Tan Skin, Laser and Hair Transplant Clinic, she cautions against doing too much. “Triple cleansing is not necessary, unless you are wearing heavy makeup. This is because the repeated wiping and washing of the face may strip the skin of its natural oils and sebum. It should also be avoided if you have sensitive skin or are prone to eczema.” 

However, Dr Tan does add that double cleansing — using a cleansing oil to remove makeup and then followed by a face cleanser to remove deeper impurities in the skin, can be beneficial for those living in hot and humid environments as “it effectively removes makeup and maintain a healthy skin without clogging the skin”. However, it may not be necessary to perform double cleansing daily if you do not wear makeup or have sensitive skin.

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When it comes to cleansing, sometimes it looks like it could be too much of a good thing. According to Dr Tan, if you’ve noticed that skin feels tight, dry, itchy or you start seeing red patches appearing, then it’s time to dial down with the cleansing. 

Triple Cleansing According To Your Skin Type

But for the times you do wear heavy makeup or wish to thoroughly cleanse the skin of all traces of makeup, impurities and even sunscreen, here’s what you can do:

You have: Oily/combination skin 

Start with: Cleanse with Lauren Napier La Rose – Facial Cleansing Wipes, US$41.90 (pack of 50 sheets), available exclusively at Net-A-Porter.
Infused with Rosewater, Starfruit, Aloe, Cucumber and Chamomile extracts to help balance oily and blemish-prone skin types while removing makeup and impurities. The use of Rosewater also helps soothe the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Followed by: Kew Organics Seriously Fresh Micellar Cleansing Water, $38.70, available at 

Contains a blend of anti-ageing and soothing ingredients like Organic Rose, Green Tea, Cucumber and Chamomile extracts to not only help unclog congested pores but also boost collagen production to prevent premature signs of ageing. Best bit? It leaves no sticky feel behind, so skin feels clean and fresh. 

Finish with: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, $65, available at Sephora stores.
It gently but deeply cleanses with the use of French Green and Moroccan Rhassoul clays as it removes impurities and excess oil without leaving skin tight and uncomfortable. It also contains Neroli essential oil and Vitamin C to balance the skin while brightening the complexion at the same time. 

Skincare tip: With oily and acne-prone skins, Dr Tan suggests selecting a water-based cleanser. You can also choose cleansers with active ingredients such as Salicylic or Glycolic acids that help reduce breakouts and offer anti-ageing benefits. 

You Have: Normal skin 

Start with: Nivea Professional Micellar Wipes, $10.90 (pack of 20 sheets), available at Guardian Pharmacy and Watsons.
Convenient makeup removal wipes that combines Micellar Technology, dry oils and Black Tea extract to soothe the skin while effectively removing all traces of makeup, yes including stubborn waterproof ones too. And all done without the need to tug and pull at the skin. 

Followed by: Chanel L’eau Micellaire, $64, available at Chanel counters.
Alcohol-free and composed of 96 per cent natural-origin ingredients, such as Blue Microalgae and Marine Salicornia extracts to protect the skin against pollution while hydrating and strengthening the skin at the same time, this removes makeup and dirt with ease. 

Finish with: Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Foam Cleanser, $17, available at Innisfree stores.
Enriched with Jeju pomegranate, this soft foam cleanser cleans out impurities and protects the skin against premature signs of ageing so skin remains clean, fresh and radiant. Most importantly, it doesn’t strip away skin’s natural moisture, so skin feels soft after use too. 

Skincare tip: While there is distinction in cleanser preference for normal skin types, Dr Tan does advise to follow the basic guidelines and try to avoid cleansers with ingredients that contain artificial fragrance, paraben or harsh soaps. 

You have: Dry skin 

Start with: Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, $50, available at Sephora stores.
A cleansing balm that melts away makeup, dirt and even sunscreen as you gently massage it onto the skin. Infused with a nourishing blend of Marula, Baobab, Kalahari Melon, Mongongo and Ximenia oils, it turns to a milky lotion with water to leave skin soft and supple. 

Followed by: My Clarins Micellar Cleansing Milk, $30, available at Clarins counters.
The light texture is perfect for dry skins as it glides across the skin easily removing traces of makeup and impurities. Besides micelles, it is also enriched with moisturising fig extract to soothe and hydrate dry, and even sensitive, skins. 

Finish with: AHC Aqualuronic Foam Cleanser, $30, available at Watsons. 
Mild on the skin yet effective in its cleansing prowess thanks to its triple-blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide and French Sea Water so it deeply cleanses the skin while maintaining skin’s optimal moisture balance at the same time. 

Skincare tip: For dry skins, Dr Tan suggests choosing formulas that have added moisturising ingredients such as Glycerin. 


You have: Sensitive skin

Start with: RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes, US$16 (pack of 20 sheets), available at Net-A-Porter.
Contains Coconut Oil to gently clean away stubborn makeup while keeping skin soothed and hydrated so it doesn’t cause irritation or strip away its natural moisture.

Followed by: Bifesta Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Lotion, $18.90, available at Guardian Pharmacy and Watsons.
Not only does this effectively remove all traces of makeup and even pollutants, it is also alcohol-, fragrance-, oil-, colourant- and paraben-free, making it gentle even for the most sensitive of skins. It also contains a unique Pullulan active ingredient that acts like a shield to lower friction during makeup removal, minimising the tugging of the skin.  

Finish with: Dr Barbara Sturm Cleanser, US$60, available at Net-A-Porter.
Its soft and fine foam gently cleans without stripping skin of moisture thanks to the soothing Purslane and skin reparative and regenerative Aloe Leaf Juice.

Skincare tip: According to Dr Tan, it is best to avoid harsh ingredients such as fragrances, paraben and lanolin, as well as the use of mechanical cleansing agents like cleansing devices. And to minimise further irritation to the already delicate skin, always rinse with lukewarm water and pat-dry with a soft towel.