These 12 Cleansing Balms Will Turn Your Nightly Skin-Care Routine Into a Spa Session
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Cleansing balms really do give us the best of both worlds: a luxurious texture and experience, and an even better performance when it comes to removing leftover makeup, SPF, and grime from the day. Thanks to the rich texture, balms are incredibly effective at gently removing makeup, all while calming the skin and never leaving it feeling stripped or tight. Plus, they're actually less faff to use than they sound.
Simply scoop out a 10p coin-sized amount of balm into your hands and rub together until the balm warms up slightly, and massage into dry skin for at least one minute. Once you've worked the balm over your entire face (and your eyes if you want to remove your eye makeup, too), just wipe off with a wet muslin cloth and you're finished. When using a balm especially, the last step of using a cloth is super important in making sure that: 1. your makeup is completely removed and 2. you aren't left with a greasy film on your face. You can then either follow up with a cream or gel cleanser or continue with the rest of your routine (moisturiser and SPF). Whilst we would recommend double cleansing (which means following up with a second, lighter cleanser) if you're wearing heavy makeup and SPF, if you're a little lazy when it comes to skin care, it's much better to just balm and go, than to use a landfill-polluting makeup wipe.
Cleansing balms are great for most skin types. Yes, even oily and combination skin. In fact, balm-textured cleansers can actually be more effective than more potent or exfoliating cleansers, but always check with a dermatologist if you're worried about clogging your pores or exacerbating a condition. Balms are also perfect year-around, but they're particularly ideal if you have dry skin and it's cold outside.
We rounded up our all time favourite oil-packed, buttery cleansing balm formulas that hydrate as they clean without ever leaving the skin feeling greasy — promise!