As cleansing is the first step in K-beauty skincare routines, Korean skincare and beauty brands focus extensively on cleansing oils and balms. It is a part of the double cleansing process which dissolves oils and removes makeup from the face. Facial cleansing is the most important step as only clean skin can absorb other products like moisturizers, serum, and masks included in the skincare routine.
With all the advancement and innovations, Korean companies have modified cleansing oils and balms into the gentlest possible cleansing solution for face in the worldwide market. You can use either cleansing balm or oil depending on your personal preference.
But, how are cleansing oils and balms different from each other?
The simplest answer is that they differ in their texture and packaging. Cleansing oils are generally in liquid form that comes in a bottle with a pump for easy use. Cleansing balms are more buttery and solid and are packaged in a tub or jar.
Here are the top 5 cleansing balms and oils from Korean beauty and skincare brands.
A cult favourite, K-beauty cleansing balm that is perfect for those who apply a lot of makeup. It removes any makeup, including mascara without stripping your skin of its natural oils. This cleansing balm naturally exfoliates and brightens the skin with its vitamin C-rich acerola extract. Not only is the product excellent, but it also comes in a jar with a fancy eye-catching pink marble design accented with metallic gold.
A cleansing oil that not only cleanses the skin but also improves skin texture. This cleanser is formulated with PHA (polyhydroxy acids) which lightly exfoliates and prevents blackheads and dead skin cells. It also helps tackle the problem of breakouts with tea tree leaf oil. Along with all this, helped by jojoba oil and other extracts, this cleansing oil hydrates skin. So, overall you get a clearer and softer skin after routine use.
It is a new product that is gaining popularity. The cleansing balm has a signature sorbet-like texture that is nutrient-rich. It removes all impurities including excess sebum, sticky makeup, and sunscreen leaving no oily residue. The balm also contains ingredients that soften and protect the skin. Some components give it an anti-aging effect with skin brightening effects.
An oil cleanser with deep clean effects. This is an innovative formulation that uses micellar technology to remove even more impurities from your skin as compared to a traditional cleanser. The ingredients have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also effective against breakouts, acne, or even wrinkles.
It is a unique cleanser that includes the double cleansing step – cleansing with oil and then cleansing with foam – in a single formulation. It is a one-and-done formula that transforms into a creamy foam when activated with water. So, first you can use it as a regular cleansing oil and then apply water to your face, and it will convert into soft foam. The cleanser contains a natural surfactant, soapberry extract, that effectively removes any impurities and makeup without making skin dry. It also has skin-calming and nourishing effects.