6 Korean facial cleansers that’ll give you enviable 'chok-chok' glass skin

MANILA, Philippines – If you’re familiar with the Korean 10-step skincare program, you know that Koreans are dead serious about cleansing. In fact they’re so serious about it, they do it twice: First they use an oil-based cleanser to remove sebum and oil-based products like makeup and sunscreen. Then they use a foam-based cleanser to get rid of sweat and dirt. This ensures there’s no unwanted residue left on your skin so that it can absorb all the nutrients from and fully reap the benefits of the rest of the products in your 10-step program. Ready to double cleanse but don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of some of the best K-beauty cleansers you can try.

For First Cleansing

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic

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K-Beauty fanatics swear by this cleansing product. It comes in balm form, but glides on like an oil-based makeup remover. Magic! It’s not thick and goopy or greasy; in fact it feels super light on the skin. It removes residue and makeup like a boss and cleans without stripping your skin’s natural oils. Plus, its spill-proof sherbet consistency makes it travel-friendly, too. Available on BeautyMNL, P890

Neogen Real Fresh Cleasning Stick Green Tea

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This award-winning cleansing stick was developed in collaboration with Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Soko Glam. It’s the perfect cleanser for the girl on the go: Take it with you when you travel, to the gym, or just keep it in your kikay kit for emergencies. It also has a low ph and is formulated with tea tree oil to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free! Available on BeautyMNL, P900

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

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Gentle and hypoallergenic, this cleansing oil is perfect for sensitive skin. It removes dirt and even the most stubborn makeup while keeping your skin moist and supple, thanks to the trio of vegetable oils in its ingredients: Black Bean Oil controls sebum production, Black Sesame Oil has antioxidant properties, and Black Currant Seed Oil provides vitamins and minerals that nourish your skin. Available on BeautyMNL and Althea, P1,010 

For Second Cleansing

CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (Second Cleansing)

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Thanks to this cult fave your skin’s not just going to have good morning, it’s going to have a good day! It has a clean and refreshing tea tree oil scent, lathers beautifully, and cleans thoroughly while maintaining the normal pH of your skin. You really feel it strips all the dirt, oil, makeup, residue, and overall gunk from your skin, but doesn’t leave it tight and dry like harsh cleansers. Available on BeautyMNL and Althea, P600

Innisfree Jeju Voclanic Pore Cleansing Foam

VOLCANIC. Innisfree's Jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam. Photo from innisfreeworld.com

VOLCANIC. Innisfree's Jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam. Photo from innisfreeworld.


This popular cleanser contains what they call “volcanic scoria” (it’s a real thing, Google it) that draws out impurities, unclogs pores, and absorbs excess sebum. This volcanic material from Jeju also has an alkaline pH that’s close to the skin’s natural pH, keeping it naturally healthy. Another selling point: This cleansing foam leaves your skin with a matte finish. So long, shiny face! Available on BeautyMNL, P450, and Althea, P330 

Mizon Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser

SNAIL SECRETION. Mizon's snail reparing foam cleanser. Photo from Mizonworld.com

SNAIL SECRETION. Mizon's snail reparing foam cleanser. Photo from Mizonworld.


We have yet to meet a K-beauty product with snail mucin in it that we didn’t like. It’s the goop that keeps on giving! Thanks to the snail secretion filtrate in this product, it does more than just clean your skin; it also keeps it moisturized and improves its elasticity! Not only that, it helps remove blackheads and draw out impurities, too. Available on BeautyMNL, P350