The Japanese ritual of layering is practiced every day by Japanese women to maintain beautiful skin and prevent aging.
Double cleansing is the first and probably the most important step. It involves gently but deeply cleaning the skin to purify it from all the impurities accumulated during the day. This promotes skin regeneration during the night and makes it more receptive to active ingredients.
Step 1 - Oil
To remove makeup, dust, sebum, and pollution, you need to choose an oil-based product (oil, balm, or milk) and massage it onto dry skin with your fingertips. There's nothing better for removing impurities without damaging the skin. Most oils and balms transform into milk upon contact with warm water and are very easy to remove.
Step 2 - Water
After removing oil-based impurities, you should use a water-based cleanser to eliminate any remaining residues. The cleanser is applied to wet skin, gently massaged, and then thoroughly rinsed with warm water. You can accompany this step with an accessory like a sponge or cleansing brush for a deeper cleanse.
For a complete cleansing: Exfoliation and Lotion
Despite daily cleansing, a layer of dead skin naturally forms on the surface of the skin; this is called the stratum corneum. This layer, in addition to clogging pores and dulling the complexion, prevents skincare from penetrating the dermis. Therefore, the second step of the layering process involves gently exfoliating it on a weekly basis with the same philosophy as before: with gentleness!
WHEN: In the evening, once a week
Once the skin is thoroughly cleansed, you can complete the cleansing with a cotton pad soaked in lotion. This final cleansing step also prepares the skin to receive subsequent treatments such as essences, serums, and creams.
In the morning, a cotton pad and a few drops of lotion will help remove dust and toxins accumulated during the night.