Apart from removing dirt, cleansers also work by removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores and controlling excess sebum to leave your skin feeling refreshed and clarified.

Types of skin cleansers

Facial cleansers commonly fall under two categories, namely oil- or water-based cleansers and facial wash. Oil and water-based cleansers are also known as makeup removers. They work by eliminating impurities, excess sebum, dead skin and makeup residue deep within the pores and on the skin’s surface. Therefore, they are most often used as the very first step of any facial cleansing routine. Oil-based cleansers include cleansing balms, cleansing water (also known as micellar water), cleansing oils , cleansing gel/lotion/cream . They effectively dissolve impurities, clarify pores and keep the skin soft and supple. If you are wearing waterproof makeup, especially point makeup on sensitive areas of your skin like your eyes and lips, it is recommended to use a lip and eye makeup remover. This has a  gentler formula, with non-irritating ingredients made for your eyes and lips.


Facial wash is the conventional face cleansers that lather into foam to cleanse away dirt from our faces. They can come in different forms such as bubble, cream, gel-type or even in the form of a powder. While facial wash is  adequate for regular day to day cleansing, they do not usually remove every bit of impurity especially those that are trapped in the pores. As a result, using both types of cleansers is important in keeping your skin clarified, fresh and smooth, especially for makeup wearers. It is common to find facial wash that comes with exfoliating properties such as those that contain chemical exfoliators, microbeads or natural physical exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and help reveal smooth, evenly toned skin. Exfoliators work by unclogging pores, improving skin texture and promoting skin cell regeneration


When should skin cleansers be used?

They should be used as the  first step of any skincare routine. For best results, use an oil-based skin cleanser to gently melt away impurities and waterproof makeup from your skin, then follow with a facial cleansing foam to completely remove any traces of impurities. While cleansing is an essential step of any skincare routine regardless of your skin type, it is important to not overdo it. Cleansing your face with a facial wash can be done 2 times daily or depending on how your skin reacts. If you experience redness, irritation or discomfort after cleansing, there is a high possibility that your cleanser may be too harsh for your skin and it is recommended to switch to a gentle, dermatologically tested formula that does not contain artificial fragrances, colourants or harsh chemicals.


Ingredients to look for in facial cleansers

As with any other skincare product, identifying which ingredients work well for your skin type and skin concerns can benefit in helping you find the best Korean cleanser for your skin. If you have oily, acne-prone or troubled skin look for ingredients that help control excess sebum like AHA, BHA, PHA, natural ingredients such as tea tree or Centella Asiatica will be beneficial in maintaining your skin’s hydration while leaving it calm and soothed to prevent irritation. For those with dry skin, it is recommended to opt for cleansers that contain ceramides or hyaluronic acid as they help replenish and retain adequate moisture even after cleansing. Avoid harsh ingredients like alcohols, artificial fragrances or sulfates that give a squeaky clean finish as these will strip away your skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling tight and dry. Finally, if you are someone with sensitive skin that is prone to redness and irritation, it is best to opt for a cleanser that has minimal ingredients and dermatologically-tested formula. These type of cleansers are specially formulated without the addition of unnecessary ingredients, making them one of the best, for all other skin types as well.


Getting into the habit of using the best skin cleansers for your skin is beneficial in the long term, as it helps maintain optimal balance, prevents troubled skin and buildup of dead skin cells which can leave your complexion looking dull. Explore a wide variety of the best Korean cleansers at BONIIK to add to your skincare routine. From those formulated to keep excess sebum under control to those with brightening and anti-aging benefits added, find the best Korean facial wash for your skin type. By keeping your skin clean and clear, your skin will be in tip top condition in no time!

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