Do I really need a cleanser?

While working on keeping our skin nourished, hydrated, forever young and overall healthy, we may find ourselves deep down into a 20-steps-skincare-routine. For some this may be our ‘me time’ and a good relaxing pampering session; but for others it can become rather time consuming and frustrating.

So we’ve asked the big question: do I really need a cleanser?

We have often seen that looking to simplify our skincare routine, we sometimes skip one of the most important parts of a complete regimen. A clean face! Sometimes is unintentional due to lack of time or other circumstances we find ourselves in, other times… it blatantly on purpose.

With so many skincare products on the market now, and even more influences around that want you to go ‘buy – buy – buy’: what is actually best for you? Is it a marketing strategy or really something that you must consider? We’ve put some questions and answers below.

Should I cleanse my face morning and night time ?

Realistically speaking, washing your face once a day, twice max., should be fine for your skin. You can start your morning skincare routine by washing your face with only lukewarm water (considering that you have not gone to bed with a full face of makeup), and then follow with a toner (if preferred or using), serum (again, if preferred or using), moisturiser and of course – SPF.

Most dermatologists or skincare experts recommend a cleanser for your night-time routine. This is because you will remove all the product used in the morning or build up throughout the day, such as: any skincare products used (serum, moisturiser, SPF), make-up and the external pollutants you have faced, literally. After all the grime and debris are removed from your skin, you can proceed with your skincare routine as normal. But never apply your skincare products without cleansing your face first.

Going to bed with clean skin is not only good for your pillowcase, but for the health of your skin.

Do make-up wipes count as cleansing my face?

Caroline Hirons said it best: “Wipes are for fannies, flights and festivals only.” Some can clean, even though you’ll have to use a tremendous amount, other just move the product built-up on your face. Even though wipes may seem like a ‘cheaper’ alternative to a normal cleanser, they are not! The wipes cannot ‘lift-up’ and remove all the dirt from your face, and even though your face may appear cleared of foundation, there is a tiny-tiny layer your eyes cannot see, still there keeping your skin, well … dirty! So, no! We would not recommend you use wipes when you’re in the comfort of your home.

If however you are looking for a cheaper alternative, of course there are plenty of options. One of them being: cotton pads & micellar water as your first cleanse, followed up by either a cleansing balm, oil, gel or cream as a second cleanse.

Do I need to double cleanse?

I think most of us are already ‘double cleansing’ without even realising. Are you using two products to remove your make-up at the end of the day? For example: micellar water and cleansing balm, cleansing oil and cleansing gel, cleansing balm and cleansing cream, or even the same cleanser used twice?; you get the gist. If yes, then you are already double cleansing.

Double cleansing is only (and extremely) important before you start your night-time routine. Let’s be realistic, our lotions and potions don’t come cheap, so naturally we want to make the best of it and most importantly: we want them to deliver on their claims! And that’s not going to happen if you apply your luxury treatments on a still dirty complexion. Isn’t that money down the drain!

So yes, you need to double cleanse, but ONLY IN THE EVENING and if you have been using make-up and/ or had applied SPF. 

Do I need to use two different cleansers to double cleanse?

Our team would say no, but it is also depended on how your day was and the amount of product on your face. The important part is to get it all off of your face before you apply any other skincare products, otherwise it’s like burning profits.  

If you’d prefer to use one product for double cleansing, make sure you look for the best one for you and your skin & clean the day away!

Can I use soap as a cleanser?

Now our first instinct would be to ask: “what kind of soap are we talking about here?”. Are we talking about a cleansing bar which we are calling a soap, or is it simply a regular soap bar designed for washing your hands?

If it is the latter, then the answer is no. Unless it was specifically formulated to be used on your face, a regular bar of soap can do much more damage than you’d anticipate, such as: disrupt your skin’s pH, damage your skin’s barrier and also strip it of its natural oils. Using a regular soap bar to cleanse your face can also strip you skin of all the moisture, since your skin’s pH will go into an alkaline state, which can become (and is) a problem for any skin type. And even though you have a holy grail moisturiser at hand you can apply right after, the re-hydration process may take slightly longer. Your moisturiser will now have to repair what the soap destroyed. Let’s put the soap down for now and for ever, and focus on a good cleanser, shall we?

Remember: Hydrated skin is healthy skin – and healthy skin is a happy skin!

Now that we covered some of the basics, we can strongly state that: yes, a cleanser is needed in every and all beauty routines. There are plenty of gorgeous options out there to suite all skin types and any concerns, or how we like to say it: there’s a cleanser out there for every occasion.

And like any other teams out there, ours also have favourites. Yes, you guessed it right! The RNW Der. Clear Bubble Deep Cleanser and Der. Clear Purifying Cleansing Oil.

We like to use the Der. Clear Purifying Cleansing Oil as either a morning cleanse or first cleanse. It contains 29% Grapeseed Oil and 3 other highly moisturizing oil ingredients (Sunflower Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil and Argan Kernel Oil), reach in unsaturated Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Omega-6 and highly moisturising factors. Unlike other oil cleansers, the Purifying Cleansing Oil gently removes all impurities and product built-up, leaving your skin soft and smooth without any greasiness. It is a best option as a first cleanse and even as a morning cleanse.

RNW Der. Clear Purifying Cleansing Oil

RNW Der. Clear Purifying Cleansing Oil 200ml

The RNW Der. Clear Bubble Deep Cleanser is usually our choice for a second cleanse. This multi-functional cleanser is packed with 17 different types of Amino-Acids, O2 plant extract (Spirulina Extract, Ginkgo Leaf Extract and Nymphaea Alba Extract or Water Lili) and Cica Complex (Centella Asiatica Extract,  Asiaticoside, Adecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid and Madecassoside). It lifts all 'leftover' product and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated, all you’ll need is 2-3 pumps applied on a dry face and gently massage the day away.

RNW Der. Clear Bubble Deep Cleanser

RNW Der. Clear Bubble Deep Cleanser 200g


Let us know in the comments which is your favourite cleanser and if you’d like to see it available on our virtual shelves 😊