In Asia, Korean beauty has always been a huge thing. Furthermore, Asians are a little bit facile, which is why they all care about the appearance and skincare. Besides in Asia, Korean beauty is also getting more famous and more popular in the western countries, but in Europe and the USA, we tend to conceal everything with a lot of make-up instead of taking care of our skin.
Last summer when I visited Seoul for the first time, my whole view on skincare changed because I learned so much and moreover, almost everyone had perfect skin in Seoul. I actually, really wished I would have started so much earlier with taking care of my skin. But in the end, I would say better late than never, right?
I have already told you about the 10 step Korean skincare routine and with this article we are going to have a closer look at the foundation of the Korean beauty and skincare: the double cleansing.
WHAT IS DOUBLE CLEANSING?
You probably can already assume it from the name; double cleansing means that you have to wash your face twice. Now, before you stop reading because you are thinking “when on earth you do have time to wash your face twice”, I will you something! You would better make time for it!
Cleansing your face correctly is necessary for maximising your skincare routine because then your products can absorb better.
The critical fact to consider is that the essential step in K-beauty is more than just washing your face with water and soap twice.
There are two different products you have to use. First one, the oil cleanser to remove all the dirt, makeup and sunscreen, but also the pollution, sebum and sweat. Following this step, it is time for the water-based cleanser.
1. OIL CLEANSER
I know that just thinking about cleansing your face twice already feels exhausting. Due to that, I assumed that the oil cleanser in the morning is unnecessary since I do not wear makeup and sunscreen when I am sleeping. On the other hand, the skin also produces sebum while you are sleeping and furthermore, it is essential to get rid of the leftover of your sleeping mask. As a result, you have to do the double cleansing twice a day.
Even though if you have oily skin like me, there is still no excuse for skipping this step. There is the misunderstanding that oily skin should avoid fatty skincare products, but this does not go for the oil cleanser, because oil likes oil.
From my own experiences, I can tell you that in the beginning, I just cleaned my face with a water-based cleanser, but since I started to do Korean beauty’s top secret, my skin got softer, and it looks clearer within a week.
Start with a dry face and dry hands. I prefer the oil cleansers in a solid form more, because when I used the watery oil cleanser, it always got dropped down my arms and my bathroom became a total mess. Massage the oil cleanser into your face and also eyes and jawbones. Then, add a little bit of warm water. Due to that, it will turn milky then. After massaging it in, clean it all off.
2. WATER-BASED CLEANSER
The second step is pervasive in the Western countries and you all probably already know about it. After you cleaned all your makeup, sunscreen and sebum, it is time to remove the rest of the oil but more importantly, all the dead skin cells and any dirt that’s left behind.
The water-based cleanser will be more effective now since you already cleansed away all your oil. It comes in the form of a foam cleanser or a gel cleanser. As you can see in the photos, I am using both types. Most of the time I am using a foam cleanser as my daily routine. But when I just got a facial treatment and my skin is even more sensitive, then I am using a gel cleanser.
With doing the double cleansing, you will not only get the most out of your skincare products but also avoid that your pores are getting clogged, which leads to fewer breakouts and acne.
Since this is a super personal and important topic for me, I also wanted to mention that even if you struggle with acne, you definitely should still do not skip the oil-cleanser. Even though oil and sebum is the primary cause of breakouts but as I already said, oil likes oil, and so you can reduce your acne and breakouts by doing the double cleansing.
Last but not least, after double cleansing, your face, ton it up! With a face toner, you avoid that your skin gets too dry because of all the cleanup. After these steps, have fun and enjoy your following skincare products. In my 10 step Korean beauty skincare routine you can find out about all the following steps.
If you want to know more about Korean skincare and Korean beauty, then leave me a comment. What do you think about the double cleansing?