Double Cleansing method

Double cleansing is an essential two-step method of Korean skincare routine. Especially when there is a mention of Korean skincare, double cleansing is one of the first things that comes to your mind.

Double cleansing as the name suggests is cleansing two times in a row i.e. first, with an oil cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser. As our skin is continuously exposed to dirt, air-driven bacteria and pollutants, which stick to skin and clog pores, and further may cause acne, pimples, ageing and other skin problems. Thus, double cleansing is crucial to keep skin dirt free to let it breathe.

Does double cleansing help?

Try it on your own! After doing your regular cleansing or just face wash take a cotton pad soaked in toner and wipe through your face. You could see the leftover of dirt or makeup. This grime residue on the cotton pad can give you a clear picture of the myriad of dirt still present on your face. Also, test your skin again in the same way after double cleansing. You may notice the difference yourself.

How it works?

Oil cleansers have hydrating properties that keep all types of skin moisturised. So, there will be no excessive tripping away of oil from the skin. Oil-based cleansers are used to get rid of all the impurities, dirt, pollution, makeup, eyeliner, SPF, excessive sebum etc. that accumulate on our skin throughout the day. It cleanses the skin very effortlessly. It goes with basic principle 'oil dissolves oil'. Oil cleansers pull out the dirt and impurities and leave skin healthy, clean, and fresh. The second step of double cleansing is water cleansing. Water-based cleansers whether foam or non-foaming, help to remove the impurities such as dirt and sweat and all the residue left after oil cleansing.

Pro Tip: Always wash your hands before starting your skincare routine to get rid of all the dirt from hands.

How to double cleanse?

Start with oil cleanser followed by water cleanser. Yeah! it’s that simple. Here is, how it goes:


Apply oil cleanser on your dry face, massage all over your face in the upward circular motion and rinse through.


Scoop out the water cleanser on your face, add water to emulsify, gently rub in the upward circular motion. Rinse and pat dry.

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