Korean Skin Care 101: The Double Cleanse

in at May 22, 2017

In the age of magical cleansing and micellar water, removing make-up is easier than ever. Now, why would anyone of sound mind want to complicate their lives with a 2-step method to add to their already staggering daily checklist? Elisa, can you not?

What is the double cleanse?

The double cleanse is a staple for Koreans for their skin care routines. Removing make-up, sunscreen, and filth from your face after a long day is absolutely essential since skipping this will lead to premature wrinkling, congested pores, and breakouts. The first step is the solid cleansing balm or cleansing oil to be followed by the second step, which is the cleanser. I personally do the double cleanse only at night. If you want great skin, incorporate this in your regimen!

How do I do the double cleanse? 

Get the cleansing balm or cleansing oil with your hands (or a spatula, if provided), and massage it on your face until it emulsifies. Rinse with water. For heavy duty make-up, you can repeat this step. Follow it with a cleanser to remove any residue left. Once rinsed off, don’t pat your face dry with a towel for a damp canvas. This is also more hygienic! Continue with the rest of your skin care routine.

Watch: Double-Cleansing Routine: The Tutorial via The Klog

Products Used:

Heimish All Clean Balm (Shop Pibu, P850)

The Heimish All Clean Balm is impressive! YouTubers say it’s even better than the bestselling Banila Co. Clean It Zero, which is my holy grail. Word has it that the creators of the new brand were former Banila Co. employees so they improved the formula. I personally think that they both do the job well although Heimish doesn’t give you the uncomfortable blurry eyesight, and it has more product in the tub (120ml) compared to Banila Co.’s (100ml) for the same price.

The cleansing balm dissolves into a milky oil consistency, and it works even for stubborn make-up. The super lightweight balm contains Citrus Herb Oil to brighten skin plus Coconut Extract, Shea Butter, and Donkey Milk for that extra moisture! It also contains a plastic spatula inside, which is more sanitary than, let’s say, using your finger. That packaging is also *kawaii!* I just wish they used less…fonts (says the design student who doesn’t know how to design).

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Watsons, P180)

Ever since the worst breakout of my life, I’ve simplified my routine and use more gentle products targeted for sensitive skin. I’m currently using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, which does the job. It doesn’t strip my face off moisture, which a ton of generic drugstore products do.

I just discovered the best place to buy Korean skin care products in the Philippines! It’s called Shop Pibu, and they have pretty competitive (cheap) prices compared to BeautyMNL and Althea Korea e.g. Heimish All Clean Balm is P850 and in BeautyMNL, it’s P975. What did I tell ya? They carry the newest in skin care, and most of the time, the products I want are in stock, which isn’t the case with others. Check them out! ✨

Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.