Step 1: Initial cleansing
Korean beauty products and techniques are taking the internet by storm—and why not? Everyone wants the dewy, flawless complexion and overall youthfulness that defines Korean beauty. The nightly routine starts with double cleansing, which involves using an oil-based cleanser on dry skin and massaging well to dissolve oil-based impurities, such as sunscreen, makeup, pollution, and sebum. “UV rays are the main cause of premature aging, which is why Korean women never leave the house without putting on sunscreen first,” says Korean beauty and lifestyle expert Vicky Lee of Sorabelle. “They also use makeup products with SPF, such as CC cushions, that make it easier to incorporate sun protection into your skincare routine.” Just as important as wearing SPF during the day is taking it off at night, with an oil-based cleanser such as Belif Cleansing Oil Enriched or Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Rinse the oil with water and move on to step two.
Step 2: Secondary cleansing
After using an oil-based cleanser, Korean women then use a water-based cleanser (foaming, gel, milky, and creamy cleansers or non-foaming powder) to get rid of water-based impurities such as dirt and sweat. You might be wondering: Is it really necessary to double your cleansing? Absolutely, according to the Korean regimen. “It effectively removes all kinds of impurities from the skin while providing a gentle moisturizing action that leaves it soft and clean,” Lee says. For a water-based cleanser, try Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser or Shu Uemura Porefinist Gentle Foaming Cleansing Water, or non-foaming powders such as Peach & Lilly Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash or Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Cleansing Powder. (And consider quitting these habits that are clogging your pores.)