Why Are Cleansing Sticks Everywhere?

Korean women are obsessed about their skin and their skincare routines. The K-beauty trend has come to have a global impact on how people are attacking their product cabinets. In addition to introducing the world to the two-step cleansing method, this skin loving culture has given us cleansing sticks.

WTF even is a cleansing stick, though? Like a Push Pop, a cleansing stick comes in a solid form that can be pushed or screwed up. The formula inside of it is a concentrated cleanser that has active ingredients to revitalize the skin as well as, ahem, cleansing it. Since the cleanser is in a solid form, you can travel with it anywhere without worrying whether it will spill. Also, because the active ingredients are better preserved, the shelf life of a solid cleanser vs a liquid one is much longer.

You simply wet your face, run the stick cleanser along it, maybe even bring it down the neck and to the chest area, then you lather it up with your hands and rinse off like you usually would. Another perk to this formula is that you are using the amount of cleanser you need rather than a subjective number of pumps from a bottle.

Much like the cleansers you may be used to, the stick versions come with different ingredient labels for different skin concerns. 

 

For Sensitive Skin

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The True Tincture Cleansing Stick - Chamomile

This bad boy can be used on any skin type so sensitive types rejoice. This natural formula has deep botanical cleansing properties while whole chamomile leaves help soothe tired skin to bring out your glow. The beautiful herbal smell also helps calm your nerves as well as your skin.

 

For cleansing oil junkies

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Meltdown Makeup Remover

This formula is pretty rad. An oil-based turns into the frothiest foam when mixed with water. Water and oil? What? Yup. In addition to it actually melting off makeup, the addition of turmeric root extract causes the skin to be soothed with the ingredient's anti-inflammatory properties.

 

For the urbanites

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Matcha Cleanser

If you live in a big city, like I do, your skin is probably attacked by free radicals and pollutants every time you open your curtains. The matcha green tea in this stick acts to detox the skin, much like drinking green tea helps you detox the rest of your body. The addition of lavender and algae also help to keep the skin soothed and hydrated. I can't speak to the rest of you, though. Pair this with the toner stick for a double whammy. 

 

for the exfoliant guru

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Frxxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

This was the first stick cleanser I ever tried after receiving a cute little sample from Sephora and this was the first 'aha moment' I had about cleansing sticks. An easy and mess free way to cleanse and exfoliate? My combo skin was in love. This specific formula boasts fossilized algae taken from the earth as its agent in giving you clean skin without disrupting the pH balance. #win 

 

For the hardcore

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Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment

Not only does this formula have bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities from your pores, it also has glycolic acid to reduce the look of fine lines over time by increasing skin cell turnover. Beware ye of sensitive skin or dry textures, this product is not for you! It will make your face irritated AF. Combo and oily skin peeps? This one's for you.

 

Are you in on this trend? Is there a stick cleanser you love that didn't make the list? Comment below or email/DM me!