From Japan or Korea (or as far east as China), the skin-care regime known as double-cleansing—which involves the practice of using a cleansing oil together with a water-based face wash—dates as far back as the fourteenth century. The cleansing ritual leaves a surface layer of smoother, healthier, younger epidermis, allowing the active ingredients in a serums or creams to penetrate more deeply.
For those looking to incorporate the phenomenon into their daily routine, it’s extra easy: Gently rub an an oil-based formula onto dry skin, circling it over face and eyes for sixty seconds before massaging it off with a warm cloth. Next, use a water-based cleanser that suits your complexion and rinse off for perfect pores. We might just be convincing ourselves. We adore Eve Lom and Tata Harper's take on the practice.