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When talking about your skin, the word “oil” is probably the last thing you want to hear, but if you want to cleanse effectively and take your skin care routine to the next level, it is important to include an oil or balm in your routine integrate. More specifically, you should double cleanse which is “at the heart of Korean skincare philosophy,” according to Soko Glam, the online skincare store that completely changed the way I think.

I totally get it, the words “double cleanse” sound like something that could be harsh and potentially strip your skin, but that’s really not the point. It sounds complicated, but the premise is actually pretty simple: use an oil-based detergent or balm (the choice of formula depends only on your personal preference) followed by a water-based detergent.

Double cleansing starts with oil because a water-based cleanser alone cannot effectively remove oil-based contaminants like makeup, sunscreen, and sebum that clogs pores from the skin. After you’ve got rid of all of this, wash your face with a water-based cleanser that will remove dirt and sweat. This one-two punch is the most effective way to cleanse your skin because it’s just so logical. Different types of dirt take different detergents to remove, it’s that simple.