I was very late to the cleansing balm party, but having now joined in, I struggle to use any other medium to cleanse my ageing visage. I always take my eye make-up off with a separate remover, although many balms will remove mascara equally as well, I just prefer it.
EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE MOORING CLEANSING BALM 100 g £38
This has to be the queen of all cleansing balms. It is so luxurious, smells fantastic and it is a real pleasure to massage this balm into the skin. It is fairly expensive at £38 for 100g, but as you only need a small amount for each use, I think it is definitely worth it. My skin loves it and it keeps it calm and moisturised. I especially like to use this when the seasons are changing and the skin can go a little haywire while it adjusts.
PIXI NOURISHING CLEANSING BALM 90 ml £18
Having been a fan of the Pixi Glow Tonic, I thought I would try the cleansing balm. At first I have to say, I was not a fan. The main reason being that it does not wash off my hands after application. Having said that, I did persevere and I now really like this balm. It leaves the skin feeling fantastic and I now wipe my hands on a cloth instead of trying to rinse off.
SANCTUARY SPA WARMING CLEANSING BUTTER BALM 100 g £12
This balm is a new addition to my collection and I am still trying it out, but so far I like it. Once you massage the balm onto the face it turns to an oil and then you add a few drops of warm water and it turns to a milk that can be rinsed off. Full of good things like shea butter argan oil, Vitamin E and sweet almond oil, it is very lightly fragranced. One thing to note with this balm, and that is not too get it in your eyes, so don’t try to remove eye make-up.
PURE INSTANT RADIANCE ROSE CLEANSING BALM 85 g £12
This balm smells very similar to the Emma Hardie balm. A very spa-like fragrance. It contains 95% natural ingredients and is full of essential oils. It is a good dupe for the Emma Hardie, and less than a third of the price. I always remove a balm with a clean, damp cloth as this will ensure all the product is removed. Simply rinsing does not remove all of the product.
CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM 125ml £22
Another great product that also removes eye make-up. It doesn’t have any discernible fragrance and is lightweight and silky on the skin. This is probably my second favourite, after the Emma Hardie balm.
Actually, for years I cleansed my face with Dove soap and was quite happy to do so. When I trained as a Beauty Therapist I became a bit obsessed with skin and how best to treat it. I feel that cleansing balms really do make a difference to the texture of the skin and also seem to prevent any problems with breakouts. This has been my experience of balms. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, but I would say if you are experiencing problems with your own skin, then why not try a cleansing balm?
Enjoy your week guys.