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When removing makeup with micellar water and a cotton pad, you might notice your skin feeling dry, red, and irritated, even if you’re using a gentle cleanser.

Well, it turns out, this discomfort often stems from the friction of rubbing the cotton pad on your face, especially if your skin is sensitive.

But fret not! We’ve stumbled upon a nifty Korean skincare trick making waves on TikTok that tackles this issue head-on, and all you need is one simple tool for a thorough, irritation-free cleanse. Intrigued? Read on for the full scoop.

Why Your Skin Reacts After Cleansing


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While micellar water is generally kinder than traditional cleansers, it can still contain ingredients that may irritate your skin. Cleansers with unnecessary surfactants, such as foaming agents or preservatives, can be overly harsh, stripping away the skin’s natural barrier.

This can lead to excess oil production and, in turn, acne breakouts.

Even if your micellar water is loaded with oils or emollients, the friction caused by rubbing or applying pressure with a cotton pad or your hands can cause further irritation, resulting in skin reactions like peeling, itching, and redness.

The Korean Hack to Minimise Irritation During Face Cleansing


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This simple trick, favoured by Koreans, involves foaming up micellar water before applying it directly to the skin—all you need is a foaming pump bottle!

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Pour micellar water into an empty foaming pump bottle.


Step 2: Dispense two to three pumps of foam and gently massage it into your skin in circular motions.


Step 3: Rinse it off with water, and voila – clean skin without the unwanted redness and irritation.


This hack works wonders for a double cleanse, and the best part? You get to use your favourite micellar water without buying new cotton pads.

Where To Find Foaming Pump Bottles?


Foaming Soap Dispenser Bottle (250ml) retails for S$0.99 on Lazada, and S$2.98 on Shopee.

Featured image credits: @lipyvalerina/TikTok, @saeroniee/TikTok, @euniunni/TikTok.