What is Double Cleansing that is so popular in Korean skincare regimen? Well, it means using two different types of  cleansers (usually a makeup removing balm or oil and a regular water-based gel or lotion). Is it necessary? Yes, if you wear makeup or sunscreen (duh, you should take your sunscreen off with an oil or balm prior to using a regular cleanser and this way it’s so unlikely for a sunscreen to clog pores). And, no, you do not need double cleansing in the morning.

Why oils and greasy balms? Because they are able to dissolve all types of makeup and remove even the heaviest sunscreen formulas, dirt, pollutants, and other surface debris, and proper cleansing is also important because all of the leave-on skincare products that follow will work better.

Is double cleansing good for oily skin? It’s especially good for the skin like that as any dirt or makeup left can aggravate acne. Balms are my personal preference.

How do they work? Balms have somewhat waxy formula that turns into an oil-like consistency within seconds of skin contact, and it works quickly to dissolve all types of makeup, even long-wearing stains and waterproof mascara. You can rinse them off with just water or also use a wash cloth.

Ok, here are my top picks of the best cleansing balms and oils.




#1. Heimish All Clean Balm (Cleansing Balm)

I stocked up on this balm, so much I love it. It really melts away all of my makeup without even trying too hard and it’s so gentle to the eyes: no burning even if I open my eyes during the process, no residue on eyelashes after rinsing it off. Butter-like texture instantaneously turns into silky oil when contacting with skin. It rinses right off leaving your skin clean and soft. No film, no residue. The packaging is nice and it comes with a little spatula, so it’s easy to scoop the product. On top of it, it’s inexpensive when compared to other balms.

#2. BOTANIC FARM Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet

Another great Korean cleansing balm. It’s very similar to Heimish in texture and the way it works. It contains fermented Rice Bran that thoroughly removes makeup, even waterproof ones. Silky texture feels wonderfully on the skin and it rinses off instantaneously.

#3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

The thick luxurious formula completely removes all traces of eye makeup and impurities without drying or irritation. It contains collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, and antioxidants to leave your skin looking hydrated, supple, and visibly radiant. You can use as a face mask and leave on for 60 seconds, or do a massage over it.

#4. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

This a great balm (butter) for removing any makeup.This rinses really well, doesn’t leave a film. Quite inexpensive and easy to travel with as it’s housed in a metal tin affixed with a screw-on lid.

#5. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Rich, beautifully scented and textured balm. It removes makeup very well rinses off without leaving residue. After using my skin feels soft and plumped. It also comes with the excellent cloths which is probably the best washing cloth I’ve ever tried. It has nice fluffy cotton on one side and a slightly coarser texture on the other side which exfoliates gently.

#6. TATCHA 1-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

I think I got all of my friends on using this cleansing oil:)  Wonderful texture that doesn’t leave my face oily or dry and takes off all of my waterproof makeup. It does not burn my sensitive eyes like most of cleansing oils. Rises off perfectly.

#7. Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

The oil has a super smooth texture and a very light and pleasant smell. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do – it gets all of my makeup off with no effort leaving  no residue.

#8. Belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched

The silky-smooth formula removers even the most intensive makeup super effectively without stripping skin’s natural oils. Does not leave any film and smells really nice.