The Double Cleansing Method: How To Do It Right And Which Combo Is Best For Your Skin

New year, 365 new chances to take care of your skin! While there’s not just one path to great skin, there are lots of small changes you can introduce to your routine if you’re looking forward to finally fall in love with skincare in 2019 (and believe me, once you do there’s no way back).

One of those paths is double cleansing. If you’ve never heard of this method before or have heard the name but don’t really know what it is about, you may be thinking double cleansing just means washing your face twice, but actually it calls for using two different types of cleanser — an oil-based one and a water-based one — to properly remove more of the pore-clogging impurities and irritating environmental agents that can lead to breakouts, dry skin, aging, and pigmentation, AKA, all the bad stuff.

But how does this method actually work? The first cleanser (oil-based) will take care of breaking down any makeup, SPF, and sebum on the surface of your skin. You will rub it on top of your dry skin for a couple of minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. The second cleanser (water-based) will take care of the sweat, bacteria, and old skin cells trapped inside your pores. This one you’ll apply onto damp skin and rub for around a minute before rinsing off again with lukewarm water. Following these steps will not only leave your skin fresh and waste-free but will allow your toners, serums, and moisturizers to absorb better, another great reason to give this method a try ASAP.

But you can’t just use any cleanser out there! Depending on your skin type, you should pick and choose the ones that will best work their wonders on your complexion. Sound like you’re ready to start double-cleansing your skin away? Here are some of our favorite combos for every skin type!

Oily Skin

This pair will get rid of the excess sebum on your skin while keeping it hydrated and plum, reaching the perfect balance between moisturized and clean.

SMD Ancient Herbal Cleansing Oil

SMD Cosmetics

Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam

The SkinFood US

Dry Skin

A combo for the win. With these two, you’ll make sure your skin stays away from stripping so your natural oils take care of keeping your complexion plum, hydrated, and vibrant while nourishing your skin inside out.

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

Peach & Lily

Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser


Combo Skin

For those who battle both oiliness and dryness at the same time, these two will take care of finding the perfect balance so your skin feels and looks calm, even-textured, and nourished.

Missha M Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil


Neogen Real Fresh Foam Green Tea

Neogen Lab

Sensitive Skin

If you suffer from sensitivity, these two will make sure your skin stays calm and away from irritation throughout the whole process, so all products you apply afterwards can absorb better.

Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil

Neogen Lab

Innisfree Minimum for Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser

Innisfree US

Acne Prone Skin

While you need to keep your skin hydrated in order to stay away from acne, you also need your pH to stay balanced and to get rid of all toxins and waste trapped in your pores. This is the perfect duo to accomplish that goal, as it will both eliminate bacteria while protecting your skin’s natural barrier.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil


COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser


Have you tried double cleansing before, Soompiers? What are some of your favorite cleansers out there?

Caromalis is a K-pop and K-beauty obsessed vlogger and writer. You can find her interviewing some of yours (and her) favorite groups when they visit NYC, trying the latest K-Beauty trends or testing idols’ skincare routines. Say hi to Caro on Instagram and Twitter!

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