Here’s a short and straight-to-the-point intro for you: if you don’t already double cleanse, you should start right now. Contrary to popular belief, double cleansing doesn’t strip the skin of its protective barrier, but a single cleanser with bad pH can do that much damage alone [and most cleansers on the market are harsh!].
I think double cleansing method is the quickest and most efficient way of removing different types of impurities from the skin’s surface and within the pores. Remember, oil dissolves in oil, right? So it only makes sense to start your routine by massaging a dollop of cleansing oil into the skin, focusing on your problem areas, then rinsing off the residue and dissolved impurities with a gentle SLS-free pH neutral foam cleanser.
And like most skincare trends these days, double cleansing came to us from Korea, so today I wanted to talk about one of my recent favorites – Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil [$38 at Glow Recipe].
Whamisa brand is known in Korea and abroad for their knowledge of time-tested formulations presented with a modern twist. Their products include high concentrations of potent fermented natural and organic plant extracts, and Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil is the second product from this brand that I tried so far. Here’s the product description from Glow Recipe:
Whamisa utilizes a natural fermentation process to distill and preserve the potency of select natural ingredients. This mineral oil free Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil is formulated with a blend of botanical oils that deeply cleanse the skin from makeup, leaving it fresh and balanced.
Ingredients: *Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, ☆Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Dandelion Leaf/Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, ***Fragrance || *Certified Organically Grown **Natural Preservative ***Natural Fragrance ☆Natural Origin
CosDNA ingredient analysis puts a few ingredients as potential acne triggers – Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, and Olive Oil. I have used all of them on their own on my face before, and I did get some clogging issues with Jojoba Oil, but not with the others. I wouldn’t worry about it too much though, because since this is a cleanser, those potentially pore clogging ingredients will go right down the drain.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil comes packaged in a beautiful cardboard box, and the pump bottle itself is very elegant. How cute are those flowers? The oil feels runnier than I’m used to so I had my doubts about its effectiveness [my favorite cleansing oils tend to be on a thicker side], but it does seem to remove base makeup really well. The company promised it can also remove eye makeup, but I ended up having to finish the job with a dual phase makeup remover instead. After rinsing off Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil, my skin felt fresh and petal soft, and the pores looked cleaner and smaller. I will definitely continue using it on a daily basis!
WHERE TO BUY: $38 USD for 5oz. Available at Glow Recipe.
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Have you tried using oil cleansers before? Do you have any Korean skincare products in your beauty routine? Let me know in the comments below!
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