Cleansing our skin first thing in the morning and at the end of the day is so important for the Korean that it can be serious rituals. One particularly peaceful skin ritual? The art of double cleansing.

Double cleansing has become the backbone of many K-beauty skincare routines for healthy and clear skin. It involves washing your face in two steps, first by using an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser. We must know that our skin produces excess oil/sebum, accumulates airborne bacteria and also various oil-based pollutants throughout the day which includes make-up and SPF cream. If they aren’t washed away thoroughly, they could contribute to ageing, pigmentation and breakouts.


Here’s how Double Cleanse method works:

Since water and oil don’t mix, oil-based cleanser is the most effective way to clear oil-based impurities on the surface of your skin and unclog pores at the first step of double cleansing. Oil-based cleanser is formulated to be extremely gentle and doesn’t strip your skin off lipids and ceramides that are essential in keeping your skin balanced and healthy.

Water-based cleanser cleanses water-based debris such as sweat and dirt. The key is to use a foaming cleanser that’s gentle and with a neutral to low pH. This will ensure your skin gets thorough cleansing without stripping/drying your face and also help your skin to succesfully absorbs your next skincare products for healthy skin.


So, why makes it a two-step process? According to the experts, there are two major benefits to the technique. First up, double cleansing with an oil-based cleanser scores you a better clean by removing the layer of oil-based pollutant, makeup or SPF to then let the water-based cleanser truly clean the skin.

Thoroughly clean skin and pores makes room for any products and active ingredients you apply afterwards to penetrate deeper into the skin, making them work more effectively. Even if you don’t wear makeup regularly, it’s also important to remove dirt and pollution that accumulates on your skin during the day. These impurities may cause oxidative damage to the skin, contribute breakdown of collagen and development of wrinkles and suns spots. There are also many benefits for those with acne-prone skin – as long as they’re using the right cleanser – but more on that later.

Double cleansing will also brighten skin dullness, ultimately lifting the complexion as well as giving your skin cells the best chance at regenerating which means more plump, youthful complexion for you.

Your need to double cleanse really does depend on your lifestyle especially if you’re a city dweller being exposed to high pollution levels daily. There are no exact scientific trials that shows double-cleansing helps in anti-ageing but there is plenty of evidence that suggests pollution and environmental toxins can accelerate the ageing process.

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