One of the foundations of Korean skincare is the famous “double cleansing” method. As the name suggests, it sees you cleansing your face twice – but is it necessary and, most of all, is it healthy for your skin?

Let’s go through the steps together and find out.


Oil-based cleanser

How does it work?

The first cleansing step consists in using an oil-based cleanser to effectively break down any make-up and lipid-friendly product you might have applied on your face.

The idea behind it is that you fight fire with fire or better yet oil with oil: since water and oil do not mix, the one way to remove sebum and other lipid-based substances is to remove them with something that will. Enter the oil-based cleanser, a product that will do exactly that.


Is it suitable for all skin types?

You might be wondering whether your oily skin might break out even more if you apply extra oil to it but no, it will not! As mentioned earlier, the idea is to remove your “bad” oil with “good” oil, or better yet your “excess oil” with a “lipid-friendly” cleanser.

Given its gentle approach, oil-based cleansers are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.


What else does it do?

Aside from getting rid of all the gunk, this cleanser will also help nourish your skin, leaving it supple and soft.


What products are considered oil-based cleansers?

Usually oil-based cleansers are found in one of two forms: either a liquid substance such as Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oil, or as a balm, such as Heimish All Clean Balm, which starts off in a solid state but then melts onto your skin when rubbed in. To be clear: if you go for a balm, first activate the product by rubbing a small amount between your palms before applying them to your visage.

Whether you go for an oil or a balm depends on your personal preference.


Water-based cleanser

How does it work?

The second step of the double-cleansing method consists in utilising a water-based cleanser.

The idea behind it is that it will properly wash off any remaining dirt or impurities that the oil-based one missed. It will also help prep the skin for the forthcoming steps of your skincare routine, as it will leave a perfectly clean canvas for you to work with.


Is it suitable for all skin types?

Water-based cleansers come in a variety of forms, more often than not targeting specific skin issues. There are those that are extra gentle on the skin, so suitable for sensitive skin types, and there are also those which are more apt at combating acne. You can pick and choose the best fit for your needs from the plethora of options you can find online.


What else does it do?

As mentioned, water-based cleansers aid in thoroughly cleaning the skin from all debris; however, the fact that they can target specific skin issues makes them a powerful ally in the pursuit of reaching your healthy skin goals.


What products are considered water-based cleansers?

The most common version can be found in the form of a gel which will then emulsify and create bubbles as you rub it into the skin. If you are a big fan of light and bubbly products, then foams will be your new favourite thing! They are dispensed straight out of the nozzle and softly lather as you use them.


What are the overall positive effects of double-cleansing?

At the end of the day, through a thorough cleansing of the epidermis you will see your skin maintaining its natural bounce, remaining soft to the touch, and will experience less breakouts overall.

Not only will you have cleaner pores but you will also radiate confidence!