You may be asking yourself WTF even is a cleansing balm? Well, it’s basically a cleanser that not only cleanses your skin (duh!) but also hydrates at the same time. Some cleansers can really strip the skin — making it feel, yes clean, but also dry, tight, and just weird. If that’s what happens after you wash your face then you need a skincare update. Washing your face at the end of a long day should be enjoyable and relaxing, not something you dread because of how it makes your skin feel and the best cleansing balms shared here are sure to help.
Using a cleansing balm is also a great way to get in the habit of double-cleansing. This skincare trend is hugely popular these days but for good reason. If you have a full face of makeup on, you use the cleansing balm as a makeup remover but also the first cleanser. You’d follow up with a second cleanser and because you cleansed first, your skin will be more receptive to the ingredients in the second cleanser and following products. Trust me – you’ll feel a difference in how clean your skin feels and you’ll be hooked on double-cleansing forever.
There are loads of cleansing balms out there to choose from. Some are more affordable than others and here are some of the best ones at every price point.
This cleansing balm by Belif promises to remove your makeup with just a few flicks of the wrist. It’s formulated with Marshmallow Root which sounds strange I know but it actually works to protect and moisturize the skin which during the winter is crucial. The best part is that it’s fragrance free so for anyone with sensitive skin, it’s a winner. Plus it’s certified clean and comes in recyclable packaging.
It may not be the most glam skincare product on your shelf, but it doesn’t matter because Clinique’s cleansing balm is a fave. It effortlessly dissolves makeup, dirt, and sunscreen with its lightweight formula that works just as hard as it nourishes.
Not in the mood to splurge? I’ve got you covered. Versed’s Cleansing Balm not only smells amazing thanks to the eucalyptus, but it’s packed with oils that your skin will love like jojoba and avocado. Plus, it’s residue-free so you won’t be left with awkward bits of products on your face!
A fab drugstore cleansing balm is this one by No7. For just $14, you’ll be left with glowing skin that feels hydrated and clean thanks to the No7’s Tri-Vit Complex + Grapeseed Oil that works to protect your skin’s natural, healthy balance.
I don’t know about you, but masking up everyday certainly has pissed off my skin and this affordable option from The Inkey List is here to help. Because it contains both Oat Kernel Oil and Colloidal Oatmeal, this baby not only supports the skin’s moisture barrier but it also helps reduce the appearance of any redness and soothe irritation in addition to removing makeup and cleansing.
One of my tried and true faves is this Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. It’s an industry go-to and it’s one of the best cleansing balms for a reason. It works unbelievably well, feels amazing on the skin and smells fantastic. It removes every speck of makeup from liquid lipsticks, stubborn eyeliner, and even mascara. If you prefer a more floral flair, the brand makes a rose-scented version but there’s also an unfragranced one as well for anyone with uber-sensitive skin.
Even though we’re hanging at home more than, well, ever, I’m still always on the hunt for beauty products that can do more than one thing. Charlotte Tilbury’s Multi-Miracle Glow Cleansing Balm is exactly that. Not only does it act as a cleanser that removes makeup but it also can be a face mask and even a remedy balm for dry skin. This is the extra level of hydration your skin’s been craving so you can finally achieve that famous CT glow!
This decadent cleansing balm from Sisley transforms into oil before your eyes and is perfect for removing makeup and dirt after a long day. It’s beautifully scented so it’ll basically feel like you’re at the spa everytime you use it. Even though the price is on the higher side, keep in mind that a little goes a long way.
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