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In the wise words of Ciara and Missy Elliott:

Let me see ya, 1, 2 step

I love it when ya, 1, 2 step


Undoubtedly referring to the Korean Double Cleanse method, to which we whole-heartedly agree.


In the spirit of double stepping, we’ve prepared a list of the Best Korean Beauty Cleansers for each of the steps of the Korean Beauty 2-Step Cleanse!  



The double cleanse has been used in Korean skincare routines for generations, thanks to its ability to deeply cleanse gently (i.e. without stripping off your face), to produce some of the clearest skin imaginable.

If you’ve ever been left feeling like your skin is still grimy (even after a hard scrub!), then double cleansing could be the perfect start to your skincare routine.  

1 Step 

The first part of the double cleanse is focused on removing the sticky stuff, like sebum, sunscreen and makeup. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to get rid of oily impurities is with an oil-based cleanser. First cleansers do the heavy lifting by gently dissolving the oils in makeup, skin and sunscreen. If you’re scared off by the thought of oil in your routine, don’t be – there are first-step cleansers for every skincare concern!


Sensitive Skin

If you’re looking for a gentle intro to oil-based cleansers, APLB Blackout Cleansing Oil is a great option.  This lightweight cleanser is infused with natural botanicals and salicylic acid to remove impurities and protect easily sensitised skin.


Blemish Prone and Oily Skin

The B-LAB I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Natural Cleansing Oil is a best-seller, lightweight yet packed full of oils derived from almonds, jojoba and olive to create a natural formula with superior cleansing abilities.  


Anti Aging 

Who would’ve thought you could get anti-aging benefits without making skin feel oily?  D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser is here for you!  The star ingredient of this flight attendant favourite is white truffle, which helps to speed up cell renewal for fresher and younger-looking skin.  

2 Step 

After all the heavy lifting in the first step of your cleanse, a water-based foam or cream cleanser follows up to get rid of any remaining residue (think sweat and dirt).


Sensitive Skin

For a gentle final cleanse, APLB Sensitive Micro Cleansing Foam is effective to remove residue and is enriched with Centella Asiatica to assist with improving acne and soothing skin.  Another Centella Asiatica cleanser we love is iUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam, with a micro-bubble formula that helps skin to retain moisture.


Acne Prone Skin

If you’re looking for something completely different, how about a bar of soap?  Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar is perfect for dealing with breakouts. Not only is it rich in antioxidants, it also helps to control excess sebum and dead skin cells


Large Pores, Oily Skin and Combination Skin 

Perfect for oily skin, JJ Young by Caolion Lab Black Cleansing Stick is a ph 5.6 balanced cleanser with star ingredients like charcoal and volcanic ash to remove congestion without causing irritation.


All Skin Types 

For a powder-based cleanser, Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash is a cult product for good reason.  This ph 5.5 balanced cleanser works wonders on all skin types, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean.


Anti Aging 

For a low irritant second cleanse with brightening properties, B-Lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Foam is a great anti-aging option.  This eco-friendly, natural cleansing foam is the perfect way to clear away dust and grime without stripping the natural oils from your skin.


What are the best Korean Beauty cleansers you’ve found for your skin? Let us know in the comments!


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