American beauty authorities like Elle and Into the Gloss are obsessed with the 10-step Korean beauty regimen and its transformative effects. But one important aspect of this ostensibly over-the-top ritual has garnered particular attention here in the States: double cleansing. If you think it sounds excessive to use two different cleansers to get your skin super fresh, think again. The philosophy behind double cleansing is sound and delivers truly clean skin free of any lingering residue that can clog pores and irritate sensitive types.
Here’s how it works: first, you use an oil-based cleanser to emulsify makeup, wash away excess oil, and break up stubborn skin impurities. Then, you follow with a foaming, water-based, or cream cleanser to lift away any lingering oil and residue. Thanks to this effective new trend, Korean beauty brands are innovating the cleanser category like never before, releasing new textures and formats to meet the latest demand for squeaky clean skin. What was once a snooze-inducing category is now chock-full of groundbreaking launches designed to provide clearer, smoother, healthier skin. Read on to discover a few of our current favorites.
RE:CIPE Slowganic Cleanser
What it is: A creamy marshmallow-like cleanser designed to effectively remove heavy makeup, dirt, and oil.
Why we love it: This unique formula has an incredible whipped cream texture that makes quick work of stubborn makeup and leaves skin glowing and soft.
How to use it: Use this cleanser first in your double-cleansing regimen. Apply a small amount to the skin and massage for 2-3 minutes to dissolve makeup and oil. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Botanic Farm Grain Fermenting Cleansing Sherbet
What it is: A luxurious sherbet cleanser infused with fermented rice bran and soybeans to brighten and nourish skin.
Why we love it: This super moisturizing formula melts away even the most stubborn waterproof makeup in a flash, leaving skin hydrated but not greasy. It feels more like a luxurious hydrating treatment than a cleanser, making it perfect for sensitive skin.
How to use it: Use this cleanser first in your double-cleansing regimen to emulsify makeup and oil. Apply a pea-sized amount of sherbet to skin and massage for 10-20 seconds. Wipe away excess product with a tissue or cloth.
CLE Radiant Skin Melting Cleanser
What it is: A silky gel cleanser that emulsifies makeup and oil without harsh sulfates.
Why we love it: This cleanser is a lightweight alternative to some of the richer, oil-based products but removes makeup just as well.
How to use it: Use this cleanser as the first step in your regimen. Apply a thin layer to skin and massage well to dissolve makeup. Rinse with warm water.
Thank You Farmer Back to Iceland Cleansing Water
What it is: A gentle, moisturizing fluid that removes makeup and cleanser residue while refreshing skin.
Why we love it: This hydrating liquid has all the refreshing properties of our favorite toner with extra residue-removing power that leaves skin super clean. Plus, it’s infused with high concentrations of Iceland moss extract to soothe and protect against signs of aging.
How to use it: Use this cleanser as step two in your double-cleansing routine. Apply on a cotton pad and swipe across the skin. Repeat until no residue remains on the pad.
O.R.G. Oxygen Cleanser
What it is: A powerful cleanser that reacts with oxygen to lift away dirt and oil while tightening pores.
Why we love it: This cleanser applies like a gel but foams on contact with skin to bust up stubborn pore impurities. It’s also infused with plumping collagen to prevent signs of aging.
How to use it: Use this as the second cleanser in your routine. Apply a dime-sized amount and massage into skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.