Cleansing balms – probably my beauty discovery of the year. Yes, I know it’s only April.
I started using cleanser when I was in secondary school, or maybe in primary school. My philosophy for facial cleanser was low-cost and squeaky clean. To me, squeaky clean is normal, feeling a little tight on the cleansed skin is normal. I had tried cleansing milk and cleansing lotion, I disliked how they left a soapy feel on the skin.
The first time I knew there was such thing as cleansing balm was when I was browsing Luxola. That little icon that said “Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Award Winner” next to Balance Me Daily Essentials Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm was intriguing. I have to admit I was not blown away when I tried it the first time. It was hard to get it off! Well, I didn’t read the instructions, it was supposed to be removed with warm water and their cleansing cloth! Much later, I watched a couple of Youtubers raved a little about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. It was not cheap but I took the plunge when Feelunique had a 10% off for all orders.
I have been using it for over a couple of months. I never looked back. I no longer get brownish stain on cotton pads when I apply toner. My skin is finally cleansed, yet not drying. I wake up in the morning with clear skin. I don’t get blemishes that often. My dehydrated combination sensitive skin is seldom greasy. I still get oily T-zone, but never greasy now. It’s really life-changing experience for me, in terms of skincare routine and philosophy. I don’t have to slap on thick moisturizer to compensate the moisture my skin has lost after cleansing.
Personally, I use these two cleansing balms for second cleansing, meaning I use one of these to cleanse my skin after removing my makeup with micellar water. Follow up with toner, serum and facial cream. I absolutely love to use them to give my face a good massage. These, technically, could be used for removing makeup, but… it’s not very cost-effective, in my opinion.
So what’s the difference between these and those solidified cleansing balms? In my humble opinion and observation, cleansing balms that are yellowish in colour with a creamy texture, are mostly made of natural ingredients and essential oils. The solidified whitish cleansing balms are like solidified liquid cleansing oil that becomes liquid and slippery once you start massaging it on the face.
Between the two, I much prefer the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Its packaging is a lot easier for me to get the product out. The texture is creamy. Balance Me Daily Essentials Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm contains oats particles that I don’t recommended to use too frequently.
Have you tried cleansing balms? What have you tried? Let me know in the comments.