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Why You Need to Double-Cleanse Even Without Makeup

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Global pollution is getting worse every year and is projected to increase significantly, especially in Asia, in the next few years. This means that even when you aren’t wearing makeup, your pores are still getting clogged with dirt, oil and bacteria. Your face specifically is unprotected and exposed to oil-based substances, including excess sebum, and water-based substances, such as dust, old skin-cells and sweat. So even when you’re not wearing makeup, the skin tends to get oilier and dirtier from just air exposure.

In order to purge both types of impurities, it is important to double cleanse. Many say that double cleansing came from Japanese or Korean skincare routines, but either way, it has been important in Asian culture for years. Thanks to the popularity of kbeauty, now everyone can join in this skincare routine!

First Step: Oil-Based Cleansing

Oil-based cleansers, such as cleansing oil or cleanser balms, bring oil-based substances to the skin’s surface. These types of cleansers are also available as creams, gels, or cleansing milk. As per our article regarding different types of makeup removers, see which best fit your skin type and comfort level.

How to Apply:

You can apply this cleanser in 5 places: the ridge of the nose, each cheek, the forehead and the chin. Then in a circular motion, gently massage the cleanser into the skin to dissolve the impurities and draw them out to the skin’s surface. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Amabie Recommendations:

All Clean Balm by Korean beauty brand Heimish:

Note: If you are wearing heavy eye makeup or waterproof makeup, it will be necessary to also use an eye makeup remover in addition to face cleansers.

Second Step: Water-Based Cleansing

Typically a facial soap or wash should be used as the second part of your skincare routine. This will help wash away water-based substances such as old skin cells, bacteria, and dust. Some are in creamy, milky, foamy textures and others in solid or powdery soap forms. For the most ideal cleansing, it is best to avoid pressing too hard on your face and avoid letting your hands or fingers touch your face directly. It is important that using this type of cleanser you pour it into your hands first, or rub the soap in your hands first, and work up a lather in your palm. Then gently massage the cushion of the lather onto your face in small circular motions. Spend a little bit of extra time on your forehand and sides of your nose where more impurities typically gather. By pressing gently, it helps with less irritation and creating less rough patches.

Amabie Recommendations:

Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser by Korean beauty brand Cosrx


Lastly, rinse! Rinse carefully and thoroughly with warm water to remove all the residue from your face. While warm water will help open up the pores, if you use water that is too high, it will tighten and dry up the skin (and of course burn it if it’s too hot!). However, water that is too cold will close up the pores and keep that residue prisoner, which can cause skin irritation and breakouts.


Use a dry, clean towel and gently pat your face dry. Though this process may take a bit longer than rubbing your face dry, it will be less likely to irritate your skin. It is recommended that you change to a new towel after every 3-4 uses.

Whether or not you are into the multi-step Korean skin care routine, many vouch for the double cleansing routine. It can dramatically improve your skin. Plus it’s an excuse to do even more shopping!

Article Published: February 3, 2017 is a review site for Korean makeup, Korean skin care, and other Asian beauty products. It's the best way to blog and share your Asian skincare reviews!