Korean Trick

Blog about Korean cosmetics, reviews and articles

Korean Skin Cleansing. Varieties and Most Popular Products

A few months ago, before I started using Korean cosmetics, I was sure that the face should be washed with liquid gel or, at the very least, soap. Naive Chukchi girl. Back then I didn’t know about Korean multi-step method yet. There are many cleansing products from Korean manufacturers, so I hope my article will not just confuse you further.
The first and mandatory point of Korean skin care is thorough cleansing of the skin in the morning and evening. Not face washing, but cleansing, preferably two-step one if you use decorative makeup.

Cleansing (hydrophilic) oil

Cleansing oil is strongly recommended to remove BB-creams and waterproof makeup. Regular foaming cleansers do not remove BB-cream well and leave makeup particles in the pores.
A good cleansing oil will not overdry the skin, will deep clean the pores and prevent formation of comedones (blackheads).
It’s not simply an oil. Upon contact with water, it emulsifies and becomes water soluble.

Cleansing (hydrophilic) oil

A few popular Korean cleansing oils:
Missha Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil This cleansing oil contains tea tree oil, a fantastic cleanser for problem skin. eBay Amazon
Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil This cleansing oil is made with natural, organic golden olive oil. Best suited for dry and normal skin. eBay Amazon
Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing oil with grapefruit extract. The mild formula doesn’t irritate the skin, suitable for sensitive skin. eBay Amazon

Foam and gel cleansers .

It’s imperative to use a foaming or gel cleanser after cleansing oil. If you do not use decorative makeup or BB-creams, then the foam alone is sufficient. Korean cleansers produce rich and gentle foam and are very economical.

Foam and gel cleansers
Innisfree Jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam Foaming cleanser with volcanic ash for oily and combination skin. eBay Amazon
Mizon Rice Real Cleansing Foam Contains rice bran, flour, root extract of gypsophila and papaya. eBay Amazon
TonyMoly Naturalth Goat Milk Cream Foam Cleanser Hydrating goat milk foam cleanser for dry skin. еВау Amazon

2-in-1 products

There’s not always enough time for two step cleansing; in those cases, there are several 2-in-1 products for removing BB-cream and makeup. Replaces cleansing oil and foaming cleanser.

2-in-1 products

PURITO Snail All In One BB Cleanser All in one snail gel for removing BB-cream and waterproof makeup. Suitable even for sensitive skin. eBay
Missha Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Visible Deep Cleanser Oxygenated cleansing foam; suitable for eye makeup removal. eBay Amazon
And two baking soda foaming cleansers for oily and combination skin to deep clean the pores.
Holika Holika Soda Pore BB Deep Cleansing Foam eBay Amazon
Etude House Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam eBay Amazon

Two-phase products

Special two-phase products for eye and lip makeup removal. Conquer even long lasting makeup. Two-phase because of the two components – oil and water. Shake before using, saturate a cotton disc and remove makeup.

Two-phase products

THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Lip & Eye Remover eBay Amazon
INNISFREE Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover eBay Amazon
Holika Holika Daily Garden Lip & Eye Remover eBay Amazon

Micellar cleansing water

One more product type for decorative makeup lovers – micellar cleansing water. Mild, soap-free cleanser. Does not cause irritation, deep cleanses the skin and promotes hydration.
Micellar cleansing water
Innisfree Green Tea Pure cleansing water for combination skin eBay Amazon
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Cleansing Soda Water for oily and problem skin eBay Amazon
LANEIGE Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water for dry and normal skin eBay Amazon

Cleansing creams and balms

Washing the face with soap or foaming cleansers isn’t advised for dry or easily irritated skin, skin with enlarged blood vessels, and for those who feel burning or tightness after cleansing. In these cases, one could try a cleansing cream or balm. These creams are applied to a dry face, softly massaging the skin, and are not rinsed off but removed with a cotton disc along with the dissolved makeup.

Cleansing creams and balms

The Face Shop rice water bright cleansing cream eBay Amazon
INNISFREE Apple seed cleansing oil balm eBay Amazon
VDL Naked Cleansing Oil Cream eBay Amazon


For the fans of the regular soap, Koreans have a few interesting things.

TONYMOLY Egg Pore Shiny Soap cleansing soap shaped like eggs. eBay Amazon
INNISFREE Jeju Volcanic Pore Soap soap with volcanic ash. eBay Amazon
SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick cleansing stick with rose petals. eBay Amazon

Peeling gels

What is the fundamental feature of a peeling gel? Applied to dry skin. After applying the product with massaging motions, particles reminiscent of pellets form and capture dead cells and dirt from the skin without damaging it the way ordinary physical scrubs do.

Peeling gels
Missha Oxygen Micro Essence Peeling  penetrates deeply into the pores, gently removes dead skin cells, renews and moisturizes the skin! еВау Amazon
Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener peeling gel with the extract of red French wine Chateau Margot. еВау Amazon
SECRET KEY Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel  peeling gel with lemon extract. еВау Amazon

Peel Off Masks

Regular use of peel off masks will help completely clear the pores, forget about breakouts and blackheads, restore skin’s healthy tone and natural glow. Not recommended with couperose veins and thin, dry skin. Peel off masks should be applied to dry, steamed skin and only to the T-zone. Wait 20-30 minutes until it’s completely dry, then carefully peel off the film. The mask captures contents of the pores and clears the skin of dead cells beautifully.

Peel Off Masks
Elizavecca Milky piggy Hell Pore Clean Up Mask eBay Amazon
TONYMOLY Buried Digda Pop Up From The Ground Peel Off Pack eBay
MISSHA Chogongjin Gold Pack Peel Off eBay

Cleansing masks

Most often, cleansing masks are made with volcanic ash or white clay. These ingredients help open and cleanse the pores, and are recommended for oily and combination skin prone to infections.

Cleansing masks
Innisfree SUPER Volcanic Pore Clay Mask eBay Amazon
Holika Holika Skin & Pore Zero Mellow Clay Mask eBay Amazon
Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask eBay Amazon
Any Korean brand has many cleansing products; it is impossible to list everything, so I listed three of the most popular ones as examples for every product type.

If I missed something, please list it in the comments and I will gladly add it.

Korean Skin Cleansing. Varieties and Most Popular Products
Korean Skin Cleansing. Varieties and Most Popular Products
Korean manufacturers have many cleansing products. In this article I attempt to look at the most popular kinds of cleansing with Korean cosmetics.
Mila Ben

Mila Ben

view all post
Leave a comment

Please be polite. We appreciate that.

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

Share on