Cleansing –and more precisely double cleansing– is a big step of the Korean layering. Far from our makeup removers like milk and wipes, sometimes inherited from our moms or simply from our (bad ?) habits, Korean women understand that soft and effective cleansing is the key for a beautiful skin : So we can find a large choice of products and textures that will suit more or less all skin types and the most curious of you… Let’s focus on these Korean makeup removers.
Cleansing oil is, according to me, the first product to talk about because it’s really representative of the layering and its efficiency. Lot of people have, even now, the prejudice of “No oily product on my oily skin, gosh !”… So just throw this idea far away from you, and this forever because cleansing oil has nothing to do with production and excess of sebum, which IS responsible of oily skin.
My selection :
My favorite oil isn’t really surprinsing because it’s approved by… Everybody who tested it ! The real rose petals oil by Re:cipe is a pure wonder. Its smell and packaging are marvelous and it works perfectly. It leaves a quite blurry finish in front of my eyes when I massage them with it, but it’s quick, nothing alarming.
Cleansing balms have the same properties as oils, since the texture becomes exactly the same when you warm the products with your hands. The balm melts down and transforms into oil, then becomes white and opaque when in contact with water – this will slowly melt down all the makeup.
I really like balms because they are more compact and easier to carry : I am not afraid that it drips in my bag as could do an oil bottle ! However, the hygienic side is quite something because we have to put our fingers or the spatula in the pot ; and on this point, I still prefer the pumps !
My selection :
I was quite disappointed by the Clean It Zero balm from Banila Co because I found that the result was not as efficient as with my Re:cipe oil. I struggle a bit to remove the Etude House Curl Fix Waterproof Mascara Curl Fix, while the Absolux balm from ÜNT satisfies me completely for the moment !
Both oils and balms may seem rather obvious as cleansing products, but the cream surprised me a lot. We might think that this is a cleansing foam, a mild scurb or even a moisturizer but it isn’t : The creams can also remove the makeup on the most sensitive skins !
By massaging, the cream liquefies and becomes oily. It easily dissolves all the makeup, waterproof or not. Just like the balm, I am not really fond of jars in which we have to put fingertips, but it’s always nice to use and to carry.
My selection :
I have tried only one cream, it’s the Gonyak Soft Jelly Cleansing Cream by Holika Holika ! The cream isn’t very smooth because of the small jelly pearls, but it is quite effective and very gentle on the most sensitive skins. I quite like it !
Cleansing waters, milks and wipes
It is well known : K-Beauty is full of wacky products but they also have their classics !
My selection :
The Green Tea Pure Cleansing Water from Innisfree was the subject of one of my first reviews on this blog ! I enjoyed its pump and its effectiveness, but it’s just terrible on the eyes … The one from the Calming line seems much better on that side.
Cleansing milks aren’t very popular in Korea ! We can’t find a lot, even among our favorite brands … So I haven’t had the opportunity to try one, but it’s really not a product that interests me so you don’t have lot of chance to see one on this blog …
I’m not very fond of wipes (like, not at all), but those from The Face Shop are SO cool ! They are declined from their most famous lines such as Chia Seed or Tea Tree and they’re really lifesaving when you have to remove makeup in places you didn’t expect to … It’s something for everyone and all skin types and I just quoted you my favorite. (;
Among the tons of more or less useful gadgets we can find on the K-Beauty market, there are a few that are truly worth a try !
The mascara remover : This is one of my favorite products ! This is quite a simply mascara brush dipped in makeup remover that you will be able to apply directly on the lashes to deeply remove makeup. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s not to remove properly my mascara and pay for it the next morning. I really like the one from Etude House, and I would like to try VDL’s Water Bomb .
The cleansing Qtips are a trick that everyone knows. But having some ready to use make me feel like a Totally Spies ! Etude House provides their Remover Bars : the stick contains some remover that spreads in the tip when it’s rotated. The Magic Wand from Too Cool For School is basically the same thing. Otherwise, you can find some at Sephora! (;