If you have not tried a cleansing balm yet, what are you waiting for? A cleansing balm is not like your creamy or frothy cleansers. You might have seen one in the skin care aisle but just assumed it was a day cream because the majority of cleansing balms are packaged in similar jars. It’s not just their packaging that is different. They normally start off as a solid then melt onto your skin. You apply them to dry skin then wash them away with a muslin cloth, and they get rid of dirt, oil and makeup. That includes stubborn eye makeup.
Take a look at 10 cleansing balms that are worth trying:
This balm goes from a solid to an oil to a milk-like product to cleanse your face and remove makeup. It sounds a bit odd, but it works. It is ophthalmologist tested and it is suitable for all skin types.
This is the cult favorite product that you have probably heard about even if you have never tried a cleansing balm. It is the original balm cleanser. It cleanses, tones, exfoliates and removes makeup. Try the 1.6 oz size and see if you like before upgrading to the next two sizes.
Who isn’t intrigued by a product with “tranquility” in the name? This hydrating balm transforms from an oil to a milk and cleanses with sugar-based ingredients. If you’re wondering where the tranquility thing factors in, it contains vanilla and sweet orange essential oils help to relax you. Plus, it is a soothing blue color. (Check it out in the top photo.)
No all balms come in pots. This one comes in a tube that is similar to other creamy cleansers. It is formulated especially for dry or very dry skin. It hydrates and protects your skin against the drying effects of water but it will still take all your makeup off.
This is actually a black cleansing balm. It gets rid of makeup and dirt without stripping your skin. It contains Hungarian moor mud from Lake Heviz, the largest thermal lake in Europe, which helps to cleanse and detoxify. Try out this smaller 0.5 oz size to see if you want to splurge on the larger ones.
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Forget that this is called a “solid cleansing oil” instead of a “balm,” it is still technically a balm. Erborian is known for combining the best parts of Korean and Parisian skin care, and this balm is perfect for the popular Korean double cleanse. Use it as your first step and watch it go from a solid to an oil to a silky lotion.
This two-in-one cleansing balm is formulated with rose. It gets every last bit of makeup off, including waterproof mascara. It also conditions your eyebrows and lashes. You may not have thought they need conditioning, but you will notice a difference once you try it.
Apply this balm to your face and neck then put the included cloth on your face after you have run it under warm water. Gently remove any excess product. Use the cloth one final time after you have rinsed it in cold water. You will feel like you just had a trip to the spa.
9. Bee Venom Cleansing Balm ($59, Rodial)This balm turns into a milky toner when it gets into contact with water. It brightens skin and removes makeup while the hero ingredient, bee venom, helps to plump fine lines and wrinkles.
This gentle balm is suitable for sensitive skin. It is formulated without artificial coloring, synthetic fragrances, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil. It starts out as a solid then transforms to a silky oil that will get off all your makeup.