Beauty  /   /  By Vicky Lee

triple cleansing

Cleansing is by far the most underrated step in your skincare routine but also the most crucial to get right. If every last trace of makeup and impurities aren’t completely removed at the end of the day, they’ll prevent your skincare products from fully penetrating your skin, clog your pores and, in the worst case scenario, may even cause an infection.

By now, you are all probably familiar with double cleansing, the famous Korean ritual that involves the use of a both an oil-based cleanser and a water-based foaming cleanser to cleanse the skin. However, there are times when even double cleansing isn’t enough. This is especially true for women who like to wear smokey and waterproof eye makeup for a sultry and longlasting look or thick, full coverage foundations to cover their acne scars and other serious imperfections.

As makeup is becoming more popular in South Korea, too, it is no surprise Korean women have devised a new ritual to amp up their cleansing routine: triple cleansing. Instead of going in a with an oil-based cleanser, you start by using a cleansing tissue or wipe to gently remove stubborn impurities, such as waterproof mascara, from your skin, paying particular attention to your eyes and neck areas.

From this point on, the routine falls back onto traditional double cleansing. Therefore, the second step is the use of an oil-based cleanser to melt away oil-based impurities, such as makeup and sunscreen, followed by a water-based foaming cleanser to get rid of water-based impurities, including sweat and dirt.

The key to effective double cleansing lies in the choice of cleansing wipes. It is essential to choose a formula, such as Skinfood Brown Rice Oil Cleansing Tissue, that not only effectively cleanses skin but is also infused with antioxidants to moisturize skin, as well. Cheap and common traditional wipes you can find at the supermarket usually remove makeup so poorly, you have to tug and pull at the skin for a few minutes, which often irritates it.

Needless to say, triple cleansing is a ritual you perform only at night before you go to sleep. Introducing this extra step makes your night-time skincare routine only a few seconds longer and is well-worth the results!

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  1. Allyson January 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply

    I’m just starting out with Korean skincare and I noticed that my cleansing oil isn’t really removing my mascara as well as I’d like. I’ll have to give triple cleansing a try!

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