Thermal Cleansing Balm
Purifying and hydrating cleansing balm to remove all makeup without stripping skin
For decades, the active cleansing method – also known as double cleansing - has been taught to every spa therapist as the first step of a facial treatment to allow the skin to fully benefit from the facial.
More recently, it has become a key step of at-home skincare rituals, performed at the start of an evening skincare routine.
A cleansing oil, balm or micellar water is used to remove makeup, SPF and impurities from the skin’s surface, before a water-soluble cream, milk, foam, or gel cleanser is applied to target specific concerns and prepare the skin for next steps.
Keep reading to learn why you should introduce an Active Cleanse to your evening routine..
One of the purposes of an Active Cleanse is effectively removing makeup first, allowing your skin to benefit more from the second cleansing product.
Begin by applying an-oil based cleanser (cleansing oil or balm) to the skin and eye area to purify and hydrate without stripping skin. Alternatively, saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and sweep over the face and neck. Micellar water is a useful agent for removing makeup and excess oils.
It’s not just makeup that can benefit from being removed with an oil-based cleanser first, SPF is also difficult to remove completely in just one step. Even if you don’t wear makeup or SPF daily, introducing an Active Cleanse to your nighttime skincare routine is also beneficial if your skin is regularly exposed to pollution, or if you are prone to breakouts and congestion.
Rather than simply cleansing to remove makeup, adding a second cleanse to your evening routine will add more benefits to your skincare cycle. Not sure which cleanser to follow the oil-based balm? Dry and fine-line-prone skin will benefit from a gentle milk cleanser infused with nourishing oils and butters that help to hydrate, while oily and combination skin will benefit from a purifying foam cleanser that promotes a healthy balance and blemish-prone skin will benefit from a detoxifying clay cleanser that reduces breakouts.
In addition to delivering a more thorough cleanse of your skin, an Active Cleanse prepares skin for the next steps of your routine, allowing serums and moisturisers to better penetrate the epidermis and work more effectively. With continued use, this ritual can give the skin a clearer, more radiant and youthful-looking appearance.
“An Active Cleanse at night is all about effectively removing makeup, SPF, dirt and impurities from the skin to be able to start fresh for your nighttime skin regime. At night the skin is much more receptive to anything you apply, as the skin's cells regenerate fastest due to the increased blood flow to the skin. The first cleanser should either be oil-based, or a micellar cleanser used to remove all makeup and sunscreen. Follow this step with a water-based cleanser, suitable for your skin type, to remove any impurities and excess dirt from the skin. Active cleansing ensures nothing blocks your pores as you eliminate all the dirt and sebum collected on your skin.”
- Omorovicza Therapist, Mayfair Institute
How To Double Cleanse
Step 1: Remove Makeup With A Cleansing Oil
To begin your double cleansing ritual, apply an-oil based cleanser (cleansing oil or balm) to the skin and eye area to remove make-up, dirt and impurities. Alternatively, saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and sweep over the face and neck. Micellar water is a useful agent for removing makeup and excess oils. It is water-based, perfect for those with sensitive skin, and thoroughly removes makeup, preparing skin for the products that follow.
Step 2: Cleanse A Second Time
The skin now free of makeup and impurities, the second cleanse is designed to remove any remaining traces of dirt, while targeting specific skin concerns and ready for actives you are using afterwards.
Dry and fine-line-prone skin will benefit from a gentle milk cleanser infused with nourishing oils and butters that help to hydrate.
Oily and combination skin will benefit from a purifying foam cleanser that promotes a healthy balance.
Blemish-prone skin will benefit from a detoxifying clay cleanser that reduces breakouts.
Perfect for the first step of an active cleansing ritual, our Thermal Cleansing Balm harnesses the transformative powers of Hungarian Moor mud to gently cleanse the skin, drawing out impurities and removing makeup (including waterproof mascara).
Massage a small amount into dry skin, including the eye area, using circular motions. Then, remove using a warm, damp face cloth to reveal clean, hydrated and soft-feeling skin.
Also suitable for makeup removal, our Peachy Micellar Cleanser Discs are soaked in a natural micellar solution that washes away impurities and makeup (including waterproof mascara) in one use.
Sweep over the eyes, face and neck to leave skin feeling cleansed, soothed and regenerated.
Striking just the right balance between thorough exfoliation and a gentle cleanse, our Gentle Buffing Gelée blends hydrating hyaluronic acid with exfoliating citric acid (a natural AHA) and luffa particles, removing dead cells from the skin’s surface and encouraging cell renewal for a smooth, soft and refreshed-looking complexion.
After the first cleanse, massage into damp skin using circular motions. Then, rinse with warm water to reveal a healthy-looking glow.
With its purifying and refreshing sulphate-free formula, our Cleansing Foam removes all makeup and impurities without stripping skin of its healthy oils.
Massage a pearl-sized amount into a damp face as the second step of the double cleansing method, then rinse to leave skin feeling clean and balanced.
Combining the power of transformative Hungarian Moor mud with essential oils, our Moor Cream Cleanser helps to keep pores healthy, reducing breakouts and imperfections for clearer-looking skin.
After cleansing with the Thermal Balm, massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin using circular motions. Then, rinse with warm water.
The soothing Queen Cleanser is suitable for all skin types and uses a unique blend of nutrients to deeply nourish the skin. Harnessing the power of Vitamin E-rich evening primrose oil, linseed oil and calendula extract, the Omorovicza Queen Cleanser helps to protect cell integrity, restore suppleness and promote hydration, while lending the skin a soft appearance.
What Is an Active Cleanse?
Active cleansing is a two-step ritual that should be performed at the start of an evening skincare routine. A cleansing oil, balm or micellar water is used to remove makeup, SPF and impurities from the skin’s surface, before a water-soluble cream, milk, foam, or gel cleanser is applied to target specific concerns and prepare the skin for next steps.
Should You Active Cleanse Every Day?
Whilst it’s necessary to wash your face every day, an Active Cleanse is not always needed.
One of the purposes of active cleansing is to help remove makeup and heavy-wearing sunscreen first, allowing skin to benefit more from the second cleansing product. If you don’t wear makeup, or don’t wear it every day, double cleansing might not be needed.
Single cleansing in the morning is enough to prep the skin for the products to follow, allowing you to receive optimum benefits from them. Save the Active Cleanse, when you need to, for the evening, after a day of wearing makeup and/or having skin exposed to environmental aggressors.
Is It Possible To Overwash Your Skin?
Even if wearing makeup every day is not part of your lifestyle, it’s important to make sure you are cleansing each evening to remove dirt and pollution from the skin.
Overwashing the face can cause dryness, irritation, and can strip the natural oils, giving skin little time to recover if double cleansing too often. It depends on the skin type.
For sensitive skin, a single cleanse might be all that is needed. For oily skin, if you believe single cleansing is not removing excess oils to the extent that is needed, use an Active Cleanse more often.
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