Thorough cleansing is the cornerstone of any skincare routine and cleansers come in myriad formulas – oil, water, foam, gel, cream – but have you considered a balm?
Balms are gentle, creamy cleansers that nourish the skin instead of stripping it – like some harsher scrubs do – and are amazing at removing all dirt on the skin. Most dissolve into oils or milks when they come into contact with water, so you can wash them off quickly without leaving any residue. For extra thorough removal, we like to use a muslin or face cloth – it buffs off dead skin cells so you get a deep clean and a gentle exfoliation in one go.
We’ve compiled a list of our go-to cleansing balms, so whether you’re trying one for the first time or looking for a new hero – this is the place to start.
This little pot of goodness does exactly what it says on the jar – dissolves foundation, SPF and even the most resilient waterproof eye make-up. Cleverly, the balm-type texture responds to your body temperature and melts into a silky liquid which deep cleanses without stripping or drying your skin.
Crowned Best Beauty Icon at the CEW Awards 2019, there’s a reason why this decadent balm is the go-to cleanser. Featuring a unique fusion of fragrant oils (expensive spa springs to mind), the balm sweeps away daily dirt and grime, and absorbs excess oil to leave a squeaky clean complexion.
Melt away the day with Pixi’s gentle, balm-to-oil cleanser. The rich, luxuriously textured balm is packed with sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E to deeply cleanse and leave your complexion feeling plumped and nourished. Expert tip: follow with Pixi Glow Tonic.
Renowned for their stress-relieving, sleep-inducing formulas, Neom will have you counting Zzzzs in no time. Apply the cleanser to dry skin, massage deeply to remove make-up, dirt and grime, and remove with the warm damp cleansing cloth. Now dive into bed for a blissful eight hours sleep.
Brought to you by the experts at Deciem, this intense balm has been formulated to cleanse your skin deeply without disrupting your skin's natural functions, and works to promote the look of smaller pores and reduce congestion and blemishes. What’s more, it’s vegan-friendly and silicone-free.
Cruelty free, vegan and formulated using all-natural ingredients (no nasty preservatives here!), this lightly scented cleanser erases all traces of make-up whilst delivering nourishing and hydrating skin benefits. Plus, this boutique brand produces small batches to ensure top quality product.