Originally published at: https://www.adorebeauty.com.au/beautyiq/why-cleansing-balms-are-taking-over/
I’m usually a gel cleanser kind of girl, but I have put these best-selling cleansing balms to the test, and I must admit, I’m convinced. I know some of you are wondering if a cleansing balm is right for you - so here goes!
What Is A Cleansing Balm?
Cleansing balms are rich cleansing formulas that remove dirt, makeup and impurities from the skin's surface while also restoring moisture to the skin with their natural oil content. The oil component of cleansing balms latches onto impurities and breaks down makeup, lifting off build-up from the skin's surface.
The oil content in your cleansing balm also grabs onto excess oil on the skin, clearing it away to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. If your face often feels tight and uncomfortable after cleansing, I’d suggest trying a cleansing balm!
How To Use:
Massage your cleansing balm directly onto your face and neck, and add a few drops of warm water to emulsify. Either rinse off or remove with a cloth. Cleansing balms can be used as a pre-cleanse to remove stubborn makeup, and followed with your usual cleanser.
Which Product Should I Use?
The magic question - where to start! I've picked out some of our best-selling cleansing balms so you can select which one is suitable for your skin.
Your Lightweight Makeup Remover
All skin types, including sensitive. It's allergy and ophthalmologist tested, non-acnegenic and 100% fragrance-free.
Gently dissolves your eye and face makeup
This lightweight formula transforms from solid form to a silky oil upon application
It’s non-greasy, non-drying and nourishes skin
Cleanses thoroughly, and rinses off completely so there’s no left over residue
Leaves the skin feeling comfortable and hydrated after use
★★★★★ Don't know how I lived without this! - Mary
This product is by far one of the best things I've ever used on my face. It is so quick and easy to use so its great if you're a little slack with removing your makeup before bed. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturised no matter how heavy my makeup has been for the day. Never again will I buy cheap makeup wipes, this balm will be a permanent staple of mine from now on!
Your Double Cleanse Staple
All skin types, safe to use around the eye area. I recommend PreCleanse Balm for full coverage foundation wearers, and waterproof makeup lovers.
Designed to be the first step in your double cleanse routine
It’s a water-activated balm-to-oil cleansing solution
Breaks down excess oil, makeup & environmental pollutants
Comes with a silicone Cleansing Mitt to thoroughly cleanse the skin
Locks in hydration, reinforces the skin’s natural barrier & helps nourish skin
★★★★★ Wow - Sarah
"Wow, I'm really loving this product. It's a pre-cleanse, but I find it cleansing enough on its own. I love rich hydrating cleansers, so this is perfect for my skin. The little massage cleansing tool that comes in the box is an absolute gem! This gooey balm really works a treat and feels incredible on the skin. Winner."
Your Multi-Purpose Cleanser
All skin types, especially normal-dry and mature skin. It's free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphates, detergents and artificial fragrances.
This formula is 4-in-1 cleanser, toner, makeup remover & soothing balm
Repairs and strengthens the skin’s protective barriers
Alleviates discomfort, tightness and irritation on super sensitive skin types
Can be used as a balm overnight for intense nourishment on very dry skin
Contains a blend of essential oils to nourish, cleanse & replenish moisture
★★★★★ Gotta love a multi-tasker! - Elle
"I haven't used any Alpha-H products before, so this product was my first experience. I really enjoy using it, it smells beautiful, removes all make-up and is easy to rinse off skin. I am converted to this balm specifically because it doesn't leave an oily residue like others I have used in the past. I have dehydrated skin, and my skin feels hydrated and clean after use. Works really nicely with a muslin cloth. "
Don't be scared off by phrases including the word 'oil'-
in fact, if you have dry or dehydrated skin, the oil content in your cleansing balm will be your new best friend. Take the plunge and invest in a cleansing balm!