You’ve likely heard of how K-Beauty is taking over the world, from sheet masks to 10-step nightly routines, Korean women are known for their flawless complexions and a ‘skin care over makeup’ mentality. So when we caught up with Cat Koh, Global Trainer for cult Korean skin care brand Laneige, we learnt about why ‘double cleansing’ is a non-negotiable in a Korean skin care routine and why it should be in ours too.
“Double cleansing is a hot topic in K-Beauty,” says Koh. “[We believe] cleansing is more important than makeup because remains of cosmetic products are a major reason for skin problems.” A double cleanse is much more effective in removing makeup than single step cleansing and “can assist solving problems like blackheads as it works to peel off old and dead skin cells, meaning skin tone improves,” and you are left with a brighter and clearer complexion.
So how exactly do you double cleanse? Koh explains that it is dependent on the amount of makeup you are wearing. “If your makeup is light, use cleansing water for the first step and then use a cleansing formula like a milk or a foam for the second step.” If your makeup is heavy, she suggests using a cleansing oil first (or dedicated lip and eye remover) for the first step and following with a regular cleanser. This will ensure your skin is not only completely clean and ready for your favourite serum and/or moisturiser but Koh explains it is also an important for removing the build up from environmental factors. “Australia is better than many Asian countries, however if you are spending time in the city; dust, vehicle fumes and the like will still have an effect on your skin,” says Koh. With brands now focusing on developing longer-lasting makeup products too, Koh says this means cleansing is even more important.
If you’re wondering whether double cleansing is suitable for your skin, you’re in luck, double cleansing is good for all skin types, says Koh “especially if you have oily or dry skin,” as it assists in balancing the natural oils.
Thinking about trying double cleansing? Here are the products bh loves:
Cleansing waters: Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water (find it at sephora.com.au), Simple Waterboost Micellar Cleansing Water, Skin Physics OXYGEN-C Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water
Cleansing oils:Ella Bache Eye & Lip Cleanser, By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil (find it at mecca.com.au), L’Occitane Immortelle Anti-Ageing Oil Makeup Remover
Main image credit: @aimeesong
What do you think of the idea double-cleansing? Have you tried it before?