What Is Korean Skincare’s Double Cleansing?
Korean beauty has been famous in Asia for a long time, and it’s not hard to see why. Asians tend to place high importance on appearance and skin care. Moreover, the Korean skincare trend has recently become more prevalent in Western countries like Europe and the USA. However, in Western countries, we often rely on makeup to hide our skin problems rather than taking proper care of them. I have already told you about the 10 steps Korean skincare routine. This article will look closer at the foundation of Korean beauty and skincare: double cleansing.
During my first visit to Seoul last summer, my perspective on skincare completely changed. I learned so much and was amazed by how almost everyone had flawless skin. It made me wish I had started taking care of my skin earlier. However, as the saying goes, it’s better late than never. Hence, here is everything you need to know about double cleansing.
WHAT IS DOUBLE CLEANSING?
From the name itself, double cleansing involves washing your face twice. Don’t stop reading just yet because you think you don’t have time for it. Trust me, it’s worth making time for.
Properly cleansing your face is crucial to ensure that your skincare routine is effective, as it helps your products absorb better. It’s important to note that K-beauty’s essential step involves more than just washing your face with water and soap twice. You need to use two different products: an oil cleanser to remove dirt, makeup, sunscreen, pollution, sebum, and sweat, followed by a water-based cleanser.
1. OIL CLEANSER
I understand that the idea of cleansing your face twice can be tiring. You may think that using an oil cleanser in the morning is unnecessary if you do not wear makeup or sunscreen to bed. However, your skin produces sebum while you sleep, and removing any residue from your sleeping mask is essential. That’s why it’s recommended to double cleanse twice a day.
Having oily skin, like myself, does not justify skipping this step. Many people believe that fatty skincare products are unsuitable for oily skin. Still, the oil cleanser is an exception to this rule because oil attracts oil.
Based on my experience, I initially only used a water-based cleanser to clean my face. However, after incorporating Korean beauty’s top-secret routine, I noticed a significant improvement in my skin’s texture and clarity within just one week.
To begin, ensure that your face and hands are dry. I suggest using oil cleansers in solid form instead of liquid form to avoid accidental spills or messes. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face, including your eyes and jawline. Add a small amount of warm water to the cleanser, which will cause it to turn milky. After massaging it in thoroughly, rinse it off completely.
2. WATER-BASED CLEANSER
In Western countries, the second step of skincare is well-known. Once you have removed your makeup, sunscreen, and sebum, it is essential to eliminate any remaining oil, dead skin cells, and dirt.
Now that you have removed all the oil from your skin, the water-based cleanser will be handy. It is available in the form of foam or gel cleanser. I use both types, mainly the foam cleanser, for my daily routine. However, I switch to the gel cleanser when I have just had a facial treatment and my skin is extra sensitive. Double cleansing is highly beneficial as it helps you get the most out of your skincare products and prevents clogging of pores, which leads to fewer breakouts and acne.
As this topic is significant to me, I want to emphasize that using an oil cleanser is necessary even if you have acne. Despite oil and sebum being the primary cause of breakouts, using an oil cleanser can actually help reduce acne by doing double cleansing.
Finally, make sure to tone your face after double cleansing. Using a face toner will prevent your skin from becoming too dry after all the cleaning. Once you’ve completed these steps, have fun and enjoy using your other skincare products. In my 10 steps Korean beauty skincare routine, you can learn about all the next steps.