Common Korean Skin Care Mistakes You Might Be Making When You Wash Your Face

Common Korean Skin Care Mistakes You Might Be Making When You Wash Your Face

When it comes to washing your face there can be a lot of confusion, especially in the world of Korean skin care!  Do you really need to double cleanse?  How many times a week should you be using an exfoliator?  We answered the top five common cleansing mistakes below.

  1. You’re not washing your hands first.

    With Coronavirus, it’s more important now than ever to make sure you wash your hands first to ensure that they’re bacteria-free before placing them on your face.  20 seconds – you can do it.

  2. You’re spending a lot of money on cleanser.

    One of the great things about Korean beauty is that it’s super affordable; with cleansers, in particular, you don’t need to spend a fortune since they’re essentially only on your face for a few seconds and also don’t require pricey ingredients to formulate.

  3. You’re not doing a double cleanse.

    One of the signature features of a Korean skin care routine is the double cleanse, and we are here for it!  Starting off with an oil makeup remover followed by a water-based cleanser will 100% change your skin – trust us.  The oil makeup remover is not only fun to use, but it also works to draw out oil, SPF and other impurities, making way for the second step in your cleanse.  The water-based cleanser (step two) is now clear to REALLY do its magic and remove any remaining residue, such as the dirt and sweat that your oil-based cleanser didn’t remove.

  4. You’re not using an exfoliator 1-2 times a week.

    When it comes to exfoliation you never want to overdue it, but it IS a crucial step when you want to get that perfect Korean beauty skin.  We prefer chemical exfoliation, but physical exfoliators are also great if that’s what you prefer!  They work to slough off those dead skin cells and really brighten your overall complexion (not to mention allowing the rest of your skin care to work more efficiently).

  5. You’re not moisturizing immediately after cleansing.

    You’d be surprised how many people claim that they wash their face (sometimes even using a double cleanse!) but don’t moisturize after.  Since cleansing essentially removes the moisture from your skin (temporarily, of course), it’s crucial that you put that moisture back into your skin immediately after cleansing.


Jamie Stone is a freelance beauty writer and marketer living in Los Angeles, CA. Her blog is and you can find her on Instagram @itsjamiestone.