Double Cleansing is Essential! Make This Korean Beauty Practice Part of Your World


The Korean daily skincare regimen has gotten a whole lot of attention for its many steps — as many as 10 to 12 if you're counting. There are all kinds of cleansers and moisturizers and serums and sheet masks involved, but one of the steps that’s gotten the most attention is the practice of “double cleansing.” That's the dermatologically recommended practice of washing your skin twice, the first time with an oil based cleanser to remove all your makeup and skin clogging gunk, second time with a deeper cleanser that won't leave the skin feeling uncomfortable squeaky clean or stripped of all necessary nutrients.

Double cleansing has be one especially popular in beautycentric, densely packed urban cities where pollution and environmental irritation can be a factor. It's proving to be popular for pretty much all skin types – even oily skin benefits, as oil attracts oil, so using an oil cleanser helps to purify those pores without drying out your face. If you're a lady after my own heart and you tend to layer on the long lasting eye makeup products, you may even wind up triple cleansing – using a gentle eye makeup removing gel or cleansing water to start breaking down the product in that tender region and remove all traces of raccoon eyes, all before an all-over oil cleanser and face wash combo.

Effective double or triple cleansing begins with specific products for those needs. Here are some tried, tested and totally excellent skincare cleansers, the better with which to get your double or triple cleanse on!

Step One: Makeup removing cleansers or waters. You’re looking for products that are very gentle and safe for use close around the eye. You may wind up using a makeup wipe, cotton swabs or balls during this first step.
Recommended products: Mario Badescu Eye Make-Up Remover Gel, Lancôme Bi-facil Eye Makeup Remover, NARS Makeup Removing Water, Shiseido “Pureness” Cleansing Water.

Step Two: Oil based cleansing. In this step, you’re looking to remove foundation, powder and residue from the environment. You’re going to use an oil cleanser to gently dissolve stubborn eye makeup and heavy foundation.
Recommended products – Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, Garnier Cleansing Oil, Belle Butters Cleansing Oil, L’Occitane Cleansing Oil.

Step Three: Regular cleanser. Your goal here is to wash the oil away and cleanse your pores without totally stripping your skin.
Recommended products: Soap and Clarity 3-In-1 Daily Detox Facial WashKiehls Calendula Deep Foaming Face Wash, Olay Normal Foaming Face Wash.

The rest of the Korean skincare regimen involves many steps beyond cleansing. There are exfoliation products, moisturizers, serums and sheet masks to explore and indulge in! For an authentic Korean cosmetics and skin care experience, consider subscribing to Memebox, a monthly Korean makeup and skin care subscription sampler. What’s your take on double cleansing? Is this something new you’d be willing to try, or is it something you’ve been doing for years before the shiny new name?

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.