What is double cleansing? First, I have to give the proper credit to the culture that has presented the double cleansing method to us all. The technique gained enormous popularity in Japan and South Korea before catching on here in the U.S. The process involves a two-step method of washing your face, which is important in the k-beauty skincare routine.

  1. The first step is with an oil-based cleanser. The benefits include drawing out impurities from the skin like makeup, sebum produced, daily pollutants, and SPF.

  2. The second step involves using a water-based cleanser that will break down other impurities in the skin, such as sweat and dirt.

Pictured: Oil-based cleanser by Banilla Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm &

Water-based cleanser by COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser.

Recently I've been using Banilla Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm and COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser for my double cleansing routine. I love using these two products together because it doesn't strip my skin of its natural oils. The COSRX Good Morning Cleanser has a pH level of 5, which is beneficial for a cleanser because your skin pH level is naturally 5.5. It does not leave my skin feeling dry but feeling refresh and clean. The Banilla Co. is the oil-based cleanser, and it comes as a solid, which is best to store at room temperature and not in a place that's too warm, so it doesn't melt. I like to use a nickel-size amount (unless I'm cleaning off makeup) to rub all over my face. I massage the oil-based cleanser in for about 60 seconds to get all the impurities out my skin, especially since I have oily skin. Then I'll emulsify the Banilla cleanser by adding water to my hands and continue working it into the skin until I rinse it all off. Next, I'll use the COSRX cleanser all over my face for another 60 seconds to further remove any left over dirt from my skin.

Washing your face for 60 seconds is the new golden rule!

It's vital to wash your face for a certain period. There's a video below of an esthetician she calls herself "#LAbeautyologist" that shows just how the #60secondrule works. When I came across her talking about it, I was excited to know that I had been doing something right. We can often quickly wash our face and think that it's clean. When in reality, there's still some dirt and residue left behind. Double cleansing is a good rule of thumb to follow! Trust me, the process works, and double-cleansing will leave your skin softer than it has ever felt before. This method was a game-changer for me as it has helped me to control more of my breakouts and lessen the production of oil that my skin produces. Just remember consistency with your skin is key!