The 'K-Beauty' Double Cleanse: What's the fuss?

by Alethea Demetriou

Drop the drying makeup wipes, set aside that stripping micellar water, and listen carefully! While you've been searching everywhere for the perfect serums, toners and moisturisers, it's likely slipped your mind to master the most crucial phase of your Korean skincare routine: cleansing!


Let me introduce you to the beloved Korean Double Cleanse!

Like most good skincare advice, the double cleanse is a Korean philosophy that revolves around the idea of, you guessed it, cleansing twice. First with an oil based cleanser to melt away all traces of makeup and stubborn SPF, and the second followed by a hydrating water based cleanser to rebalance the skin and remove impurities and stubborn sebum.

This killer combo ensures you can start your routine with a fresh and totally cleansed base that will ultimately result in better absorption and effectiveness of the rest of your skincare, and who doesn't want that!? This is your go-to guide to understanding the basics of the iconic double cleanse, and which products are ideal for your skin type!


Throughout the day dirt, sweat and bacteria will have had the chance to accumulate on your skin, and if you live in a city, no doubt pollution and free radicals have found their way onto your face too! That's why it's essential to double cleanse as the first step of your PM routine, as this will ensure those nasties won't cause breakouts and premature ageing as you sleep.

Don't throw out that trusty micellar water just yet! If you feel like a double cleanse may be too much in the morning, you can always swipe your face with some micellar water for a quick refresh (with my favourite linked HERE).

It's also totally fine to double cleanse again in the morning, in fact we definitely recommend doing so if you feel the night was overly sweaty or you didn't let your moisturiser absorb properly (and as a result have half your pillow stuck to your face - we've all done it).


Worry not, here at PURESEOUL we've assembled our ultimate K-Beauty Double Cleanse sets based on our favourite cleansers for each skin type, check them out below!


Oil Base: BHA Pore Cleansing Oil (HANSKIN)

Especially made for oily and acne prone skin types - this lightweight plant-based oil cleanser is formulated with a blend of gently exfoliating BHA and moisturising Betaine (Betaine Salicylate) to manage sebum and breakouts, while also removing heavy makeup for a clean and fresh finish.

Water Base: 30 Days Miracle Acne Clear Foam (SOME BY MI)

This purifying cleansing foam is designed to balance oils, control breakouts, and provide a deep cleanse with a miracle blend of 3 chemical exfoliants (AHA, BHA, PHA) for effective pore care. It also calms irritation and redness its soothing mix of Calamine and Truecica.


Oil Base: From Green Cleansing Oil (PURITO)

This gentle cleansing oil from Purito is enriched with 5 moisturising essential oils that not only effectively removes sebum, makeup, and impurities… but also tightens oily pores, while also deeply nourishing the skin - making it an ideal choice for combo skin types that deal with both dryness and oiliness!

Water Base: Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam (iUNIK)

Perfect for combo skin, this soft bubbly foam is formulated with K-Beauty's viral soothing herb - Centella Asiatica extract. This calming cica cleanse gently washes away impurities and sebum, while also soothing irritation and redness - leaving the skin instantly balanced, refreshed and supple.


Oil Base: Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil (iUNIK)

A rich nourishing cleansing oil, made with 94% soothing Calendula flower extract to effortlessly melt away makeup and sebum, while providing intensive moisturise to dry, dehydrated skin.

Water Base: Beta Panthenol Repair Gel (SOME BY MI)

This milky-gel based cleanser is enriched with moisture-boosting panthenol and nourishing probiotics to keep your skin dewy and moisturised! Harnessing Some By Mi's exclusive BLUE BALANCE Complex, this cleansing gel fortifies the skin barrier and refreshes your complexion after rinsing with a soft and supple finish.


Oil Base: Safe Me. Relief Moisture Cleansing Oil (MAKE P:REM)

Lightweight and ultra-minimal - make p:rem's bestselling oil cleanser gently melts away makeup, impurities and sebum with their plant-based nourishing oil blend that ensures a soft and clean base after cleansing. Perfect for pore waste and stubborn blackheads, this cleansing oil works well on balanced skin types due to its lightweight texture and minimal ingredients. 

Water Base: Amino Acid Gentle Bubble Cleanser (DR. ALTHEA)

Unclog pores and dirt with this gentle whipped foam cleanser, enriched with 17 amino acids to help wash away impurities, makeup, and sebum that leaves your skin feeling soft and moist after rinsing! This bubbly cleanser is perfect for balanced skin types that want to keep their double cleanse routine simple and effective.


Oil Base: Madagascar Centella Light Cleansing Oil (SKIN1004)

This lightweight cleansing oil effortlessly melts away makeup, pollutants and stubborn blackheads while also soothing the skin with SKIN1004's signature soothing herb - Centella Asiatica (harvested in Madagascar). The versatile nature of this purifying cleansing oil makes it perfect for oily skin types who want to incorporate dual soothing and pore care.

Water Base: Pore Fresh Mild Acid Gel Cleanser (MIZON)

Using the power of star soothing ingredient Heartleaf, this rebalancing gel cleanser works to keep sebum and breakouts at bay without stripping the skin. Due to its instant cooling effects, this cleanser refreshes oily skin while also effectively removing impurities and managing sebum for a fresh and clean finish.


Oil Base: Mild Deep Cleansing Oil (NEEDLY)

This nourishing first cleanse is enriched with Needly's mild Fermentoil Complex - a hydrating botanical blend of fermented vegetable oils to gently purify blackheads, and remove excess makeup, oil and impurities. This lightweight gentle oil is perfect for sensitive skin types due to it’s minimal formula that leaves the skin well-nourished and moisturised!

Water Base: Green Tea Calming Essence Cleansing Foam Origin (MIGUHARA)

A soothing essence-rich foamy cleanser powered by Jeju-grown Green Tea to soothe and rebalance sensitive skin! This daily facial wash emulsifies into a soft and fluffy foam that gently removes impurities, sebum and makeup with a soft and fresh feeling.


You can shop our entire range of cleansers HERE, and discover your dream duo!


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