Dermatologists say that getting the cleansing step right in your skincare routine is the key to younger, clearer and brighter skin. And cleansing balms are not only great for removing makeup but leaving your skin feeling fresh, sumptuous and most importantly clean.
Here’s our pick of the best cleansing balms that are perfect for numerous skin types, will help remove all traces of makeup and leave your skin feeling plumped, moisturised and soothed.
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Our love affair with Pixi as a whole is pretty much deepening with every product they bring out, and this Nourishing Cleansing Balm is no different.
It melts makeup effortless, transforming from a balm to oil, that dissolves pore-clogging dirt and oils without leaving your skin feeling stripped.
It’s rich in sweet almond oil, shea butter and antioxidant vitamin E to fortify the skin and protect against free radicals.
Caroline Hirons is a big fan: “Sometimes life takes over and you want one product that will simply ‘do the job’ in the evenings. This is the Pixi balm for me. Used in the evening, it destroys makeup and SPF and is a quicker, better alternative if you would normally reach for a face wipe and be done with it. Used in the mornings, it’s the perfect cleanser if your skin is feeling a little dry or dehydrated.”
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Sanctuary Spa Warming Cleansing Butter
Packed with vitamin E, organic rosehip oil, argan oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and a beautiful blend of fragrant essential oils, this buttery balm melts makeup and leaves skin feeling soothed and clean.
It’s perfect for the colder winter months when skin is left a little drier and it makes the perfect indulgence to clean your face in the morning or remove your makeup in the evening.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
We’ve shared how much we love the Camomile Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop and the butter/balm is a firm favourite of ours too.
It has a super thick texture that gently and efficiently melts away makeup and impurities.
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Clinique Take the Day Off
This cult-favorite lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves even the most tenacious eye makeup and sunscreens. It goes on as a solid balm, then transforms into a silky oil you can rinse right off with warm water.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face
We’ve yet to come across a person who has tried this cleanser without loving it, it’s a real firm favourite in many of our favourite beauty bloggers’ routines. Tanya Burr included, she says of Emma Hardie Amazing Face:
“This feels so luxurious on the skin and it smells lovely. It’s such a lovely product and it makes my skin feel like it’s had a facial.”
What’s more at this time of the year you can get your hands on smaller versions of the tub, so if you have yet to try it but don’t want to invest in the bigger size, pick up one of these, or throw hints for someone else to, so you can try. Be prepared to fall in love with this luxurious cleanser though.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
An impressive cocktail of botanicals (padina pavonica algae, geranium, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, ho wood, orange, menthol, clove, wheatgerm, oat) are suspended in a satiny base of rose wax, starflower, and elderberry oils. Warm a scoop between your palms, massage into your skin, then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Because some of the balm will be left behind, the collagen-boosting and antioxidant-rich blend will have more time to get to work.
Elemis products are loved in spas all over the country for good reason.
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Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm
One of the first cleansing balms we tried, and this Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm still doesn’t disappoint. This spreads beautifully over the face, melting so your fingers glide easily to remove dirt and grime. It turns into a light milk once you add water and you can remove all traces with just water, but a facial cloth always feels a little better.
It’s made with sweet almond oil, echium seed oil, mangosteen extract and the Merumaya Signature Essence Blend.
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm
The Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood not only smells delightful but feels sumptuous on the skin.
With Marula Oil, Sage, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood Essential Oils you skin will be left feeling refreshed and nourished. It’s formulated without parabens and dermatologist tested too.