5 Korean Cleansers For Your Double Cleansing Routine

A secret about Korean skincare routines is that double cleansing is the most important part. Cleansing away oil, dirt, pollution, makeup, and sunscreen is one of the secrets to giving your skin a healthy glow. Plus, at the end of the day, there’s something therapeutic about taking everything off your skin and feeling natural while at home. 

Just as there’s many different skin types, there’s also many cleanser types. Different cleansers have different abilities, different skin types they go well with, and different ingredients that your skin may or may not be sensitive to. Knowing the difference between cleansers will help you pick the perfect one for you. Shall we get started?

What is Double Cleansing?

Nothing is worse than scrubbing, rinsing, clearing the water from your eyes, but seeing a milky-white sheen across your face, and black mascara and eyeliner smudged around your eyes. So, you go for scrubbing round 2.

Perhaps you use a makeup-wipe before washing your face at night. In these cases, you’ve technically been double cleansing all along. 

Double cleansing is using two different styles of cleansers in order to remove all makeup, sunscreen and dirt before adding moisture back into your skin. First, start with an oil, balm or gel cleanser (more on these later!). While makeup wipes can get the job done, they tend to be very harsh on your face, especially if you are rubbing hard. As those oil-based cleansers remove the top layer of whatever caked onto your skin during the day, in the second step the gel, foam and powder cleansers can really get in to do some dirty work penetrating pores and whisking away oil. It’s an alley-oop of cleansing.

As always with experimenting with skin care, your routine will be determined by your skin. People with oily skin types may love the change in their skin from always double-cleansing. Those with dry skin may only do it at night. But it’s all up to what your skin likes best!

So what cleansers should you be looking for?


Oil Cleansers

BEST FOR: Most Skin Types

dhc cleansing oil double cleanser brand
The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is one of the most popular oil cleansers in the world! The company said a bottle was sold every 10 seconds. Image via DHC

Your second option for the makeup removing part of your double-cleansing routine can be an oil cleanser. Oil cleansers are now a staple in many double cleansing routines. Don’t think of it as actual “oil”, but more of the consistency of oil. If you find that makeup-removers can feel stripping and drying on your face, an oil cleanser might just be better. Its slippery consistency dissolves makeup, dirt, grime, sunscreen and everything else to leave your skin ready for round two.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil : Amazon


Balm Cleansers

BEST FOR : Most Skin Types

nooni stick balm cleanser korean brand
The Nooni Snowflake Cleanser Balm Stick packs a punch as a balm cleanser, all from a convenient stick! Great for application and travel. Image via Nooni

Balm cleansers are oil cleansers’ trendy cousin. Balms are an oil product that when stored are solid. When applied to the face and massaged in, it changes to a liquid that blasts away makeup. Using the balm directly on tough makeup (mascara, eyebrows, eyeshadow), then adding luke-warm water to remove foundation, etc. is simply the best way to get a full face of makeup off. And due to it’s moisturizing ingredients, it will leave your skin soft and ready for round 2.

Nooni Snowflake Cleanser Balm Stick : Amazon


Gel Cleansers

BEST FOR: Oily and Combination Skin

Rovectin is super gentle, super light, and does a great job of cleaning skin without irritation and stripping natural oils. Image via Rovectin

Gel cleansers are the gentlest of cleansers, but also super effective. Gel cleansers are great for deep cleaning pores during your second cleansing, without stripping and drying out your skin. Due to the slippery consistency, the cleanser glides across your face, whisking away dirt, oil, and killing bacteria.

SOAK INSIDER FAVORITE : Rovectin Conditioning Gel Cleanser : Amazon


Foam Cleansers

BEST FOR: Oily and Combination Skin

urang bubble foam cleanser double cleansing korean brand
Urang is great for natural products, and their Creamy Bubble Foam Cleanser is no exception! Their foam cleanser is light but cleanses deep. Image via Urang.

Foam cleansers can look like cream or gel in the bottle, but through the product pump or by lathering in your hands become a foam. This type of cleanser is perfect for gentle cleansing in the morning. However, if you have overly sensitive skin you may want to avoid them due to the foaming agents needed to create the consistency.

Urang Creamy Bubble Foam Cleanser : Oh Lolly


Powder Cleansers

BEST FOR: Oily and Sensitive Skin

bota moa enzyme powder cleanser bottle double cleansing korean brand
The Bota Moa Enzyme Powder Cleanser provides a light cleanser with a bit of exfoliation. It’s great for sensitive skin and for travel. Image via Bota Moa

People on the go, or those who travel a lot will love having powder cleansers. These products come in a dry powder, typically in pre-portioned packets, but upon contact with water will turn into a gentle cleanser that provides a bit of exfoliation.  

Bota Moa Enzyme Peeling Powder Cleanser : botamoa.com

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