Cleansing sticks are one of the latest Korean skincare trends to hit the market, but what are they and how do they compare to traditional cleansers?
Cleansing sticks have a roll-on applicator and look like a big lip balm or deodorant stick which means they are less messy, leak-proof, easy to apply, and a handy travel alternative to traditional liquid cleansers. Most of them are also antimicrobial, which means they kill germs, so you don’t have to worry about wiping them off after every use.
So how do they work? Firstly, add a splash of water to your face and then move the cleansing stick in circles all over, giving your complexion a mini massage in the process! Then, use your hands to create a lather and work the product around before rinsing and patting the skin dry.
As with liquid cleansers, the sticks come in different formulas which cater to all sorts of skincare needs and skin types. For example, those with oily skin should try sticks containing activated charcoal, like Simple’s Daily Skin Detox Charcoal Cleaning Stick, while those with sensitive skin should go for products containing green tea, such as Neogen’s Real Fresh Cleansing Stick Green Tea.
Skincare experts suggest doing a patch test on somewhere like your wrist before covering your face in the stick for the first time, just as a precaution, and they are not recommended for people with acne, rosacea or eczema.
Other products on the market include St. Ives’ Apricot & Manuka Honey Cleansing Stick, which gives your skin a good glow, Yes To’s Coconut Energizing Coffee 2-in-1 Scrub & Cleanser Stick, which is vegan-friendly and helps rejuvenate and deep clean the skin, and Origins’ Modern Friction Cleansing Stick With Exfoliating White & Purple Rice, which leaves your skin feeling “comfortably clean and positively luminous”.