What is Double Moisturising and Should You be Doing it?

You may be familiar with the art of double cleansing and double shampooing, but have you ever heard of double moisturising? Originating in Japan, there’s no doubt that the Japanese have perfected the art of skincare, so why not try incorporating this simple technique into your routine?

What is double moisturising?

As the name suggests, double moisturising involves the application of two moisturisers. The secret to this technique lies in using two kinds of moisturisers with different consistencies for best results. The purpose of double moisturising is to use a primary layer of hydration to attract moisture to the skin, followed by a secondary layer that seals in the moisture. The first layer of hydration should come from what is called a humectant. Humectants attract moisture to the skin.[1] They are quick to absorb and allow for other products to be layered on top of them. These kinds of moisturisers are lightweight and are commonly water-based. Humectants can come in a serum or lotion form or may even be a light oil. The second layer is what’s known as an occlusive. The purpose of this layer is to seal moisture into the skin and prevent it from evaporating. These products are much richer and emulsion-like. Occlusives tend to sit on top of the skin and prevent other products from absorbing into the skin, almost acting as a protective barrier.

Benefits of double moisturising

Double moisturising can be suitable for all skin types but is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from mature skin, dry complexions, and even during the cooler winter months. A common misconception is that moisturising oily skin will contribute to excessive oil, but providing oily skin with moisturiser can benefit this type of skin.[2]


With the right products, double moisturising can provide your skin with both hydration and moisture. While these two terms sound similar and are often used interchangeably, they are in fact two distinct functions. Hydrating products, much like humectants, tend to be water-based and lighter, with hydrated skin appearing bright and plump. Alternatively, oil-based moisturising products have more occlusive effects. [3] Moisturised skin tends to be soft and supple. Double moisturising allows you to experience the best of both worlds, combining hydration with moisture to achieve plump, youthful skin!

Double moisturising during winter

With the cooler months often comes dry skin, thanks to the drop in humidity in the air. This lack of moisture can lead to dehydrated skin. Double moisturising is an effective solution for fighting the effects of cold weather, helping you to maintain perfectly hydrated skin year-round.

Double moisturising for mature skin

As skin matures, it tends to become more difficult to retain moisture, leading to dehydrated skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Doubling up on your moisturiser can help to keep your skin looking plump and supple by giving it a bit of extra nourishment.

Double moisturising for dry skin

For those that suffer from dry skin year-round, double moisturising can provide it with hydration and moisture. By incorporating double moisturising into your skincare routine using the following steps, you can turn your dull, dry skin into a bright and smooth complexion.

How to incorporate double moisturising into your skincare routine

Double moisturising can be easily incorporated into your daily skincare routine. Depending on your skin type, you may want to double moisturise as part of your PM routine, or if you suffer from particularly dry skin, doubling up morning and night may be better suited to you.

AM Routine

Start by cleansing your skin as usual and follow with toner and any additional serums you would generally apply before moisturising. First, start by applying your humectant, or a lighter serum or lotion. The Cetaphil Face Daily Hydration Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid is a great product to start with, as hyaluronic acid is renowned for its ability to bind and retain moisture when applied to the skin [4]. During the day, follow this up with some additional UV protection by using a layer of the Cetaphil UVA/ UVB Defence SPF50+.

PM Routine

In the PM, follow your normal cleansing, toning, and serum routine. The Cetaphil Face Rich Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid acts as both a humectant and the perfect occlusive moisturising layer if you’re after something a little more nourishing overnight as the hyaluronic acid will provide you with an extra burst of hydration. For an added burst of hydration around the delicate eye area, try the Cetaphil Face Hydrating Eye Cream-Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.


While it’s important to moisturise your face, it’s just as essential to pay attention to the rest of your body to ensure it’s receiving sufficient hydration. If you’re after a moisturiser that doubles as a face and body product, try the Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion. This long-lasting formula is perfect for everyday use and won’t block your pores. If rejuvenation is what you’re after the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream is ideal for dry, sensitive skin.

  3. Chularojanamontri L, Tuchinda P, Kulthanan K, & Pongparit K. Moisturisers for Acne: What are their Constituents?. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 2014;7(5), 36–44.
  4. Papakonstantinou, E., Roth, M., & Karakiulakis, G. (2012). Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging. Dermato-endocrinology, 4(3), 253–258.