As anyone will tell you, cleansing and removing makeup are some of the most important steps in a skincare routine. In South Korea, double-cleansing is such a popular practice that many people use two or three different cleansers and makeup removers each night.
Here are a few of my favorite Korean products for cleansing, exfoliating and removing makeup from your face:
I love this cleanser! It is so cool. Typically, in Korean skincare, you will cleanse first with an oil-based cleanser and then follow up with a foam-based cleanser (this is the double-cleansing process). This Face Shop BB Cleanser is both in one bottle: it goes on as a sweet-smelling oil cleanser that works quickly to remove makeup and BB cream, and then turns to foam when water is added to complete the cleansing process. This product is really great. It removes makeup well and saves time during a nightly skincare routine.
It’s important to exfoliate a few times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and debris that can clog pores. These Neogen cleansing gauze pads combine manual exfoliation (scrubbing the skin with something textured) with chemical exfoliation (certain ingredients like lactic acid that reach deeper into the pores to help clean). They smell like delicious grape soda and contain red wine extract, an antioxidant, which also helps exfoliate. The treaded side of the gauze pads cleans off the skin while the more cushiony side absorbs and distributes the formula. These are effective and fun to use. I highly recommend them.
This Etude House cleanser is also a nice exfoliant. The bottle comes with an attached soft rubber brush that dispenses the foam cleanser when you press down on it. It’s ridiculously easy to apply and to clean the brush after use. The product works well to brighten and massage the skin while you cleanse. I noticed an immediate different in my skin after the first few uses: it was brighter and clearer as soon as I rinsed off the foam. It’s a little drying, but I like this product well enough, particularly for the convenient packaging and quick results.
I feel like it’s nice to have these cleansing tissues on hand when you don’t have a lot of time to do all the cleansing but know you can’t go to bed without removing your makeup and washing your face. These work surprisingly well to remove makeup quickly. The ones I use contain moringa seeds, which are supposed to provide a lot of benefits to the skin. These seeds are said to be very good for pore-purifying and can also protect skin from things like pollution, smoke and smog.