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SO YOU WANT A CLEANSING BALM?

Here are the best

05.04.2021

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Cleansing is fundamental to even the laxest of skincare routines. While using any cleanser is probably better than using no cleanser at all, some are simply superior – cleansing balms especially. Maybe it’s because they’re considerably less messy than their counterparts. Or maybe it’s because breaking the surface of a new cleansing balm is somewhat satisfying. Either way, we rate them highly. Here are some of the best cleansing balms for all skin concerns.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR anti-aging

ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN NAKED CLEANSING BALM, £44

Nothing impacts our skin quite like the passing of time, but we aren’t surrendering without a fight. Formulated with several moisturising oils rich in fatty acids, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Naked Cleansing Balm does its part for the cause before the cavalry arrive in the form of SPF and retinol.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR CELL RENEWAL

AUGUSTINUS BADER THE CLEANSING BALM, £55 AT SPACE NK

Not only does The Cleansing Balm by Augustinus Bader remove all traces of makeup while hydrating and soothing the skin, it supports cell renewal too – all thanks to the brand’s TFC8 complex.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR DEWY SKIN

CHANTECAILLE ROSE DE MAI CLEANSING BALM, £84 AT CULT BEAUTY

If you want dewy skin without having to sweat for it, we recommend Chantecaille’s Rose de Mai Cleansing Balm. Aside from doing all the standard things a cleansing balm should do, it also gently exfoliates with phytic acid and plumps with hyaluronic acid. And it smells divine.

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THE BEST cleansing balm FOR ENLARGED PORES AND BLEMISHES

CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM, £25 AT LOOK FANTASTIC

Bad days happen to the best of us, but they’re even more annoying when they feature enlarged pores and blemishes. Say goodbye to all that with Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Better skin – and better days – will be well within your reach once you start using it.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR A DEEP CLEANSE

OMOROVICZA THERMAL CLEANSING BALM, FROM £22 AT CULT BEAUTY

Imagine the utter decadence of having a spa treatment on your face every night. Well, with the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, you don’t really have to: it’s right there with the Hungarian thermal waters and mud in its ingredients.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR A COMPLETE RESET

DRUNK ELEPHANT SLAAI MAKEUP-MELTING BUTTER CLEANSER, £29

Because it’s free of the ‘Suspicious 6’ (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances, SLS), Drunk Elephant’s Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser is ideal if your skin needs a complete reset. And no, butter is not a carb.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR SUSTAINABILITY

GREEN PEOPLE ONE BALM, £20

One Balm by Green People isn’t just a cleansing balm, it’s a balm for a number of ailments you might be afflicted with. If the concept of that isn’t sustainable enough for you, there’s also the fact that it comes in a biodegradable pot. The balm itself features myrrh to soothe, frankincense to smooth, pomegranate to nourish and rosehip to repair.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR BEDTIME

bad habit OMZZZ ACAÍ NIGHTLY CLEANSING BALM, £22 at morphe

Bad Habit is a brand built on the belief that skincare is self-care. To that end, its Omzzz Acai Nightly Cleansing Balm doesn’t just contain things like vitamin E to moisturise and acai as an antioxidant, but lavender essential oil to aid relaxation – a must when many of us are struggling to sleep.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR AN ENTIRELY NATURAL APPROACH

TRILOGY MAKE-UP BE GONE CLEANSING BALM, £19.50 AT HOLLAND & BARRETT

If you thought it would take a whole host of chemicals to remove waterproof mascara and a full face of foundation properly, you’re in for a – nice – surprise. Trilogy’s Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm does just that with rosehip oil, mango seed butter and coconut oil.

THE BEST cleansing balm FOR BRIGHTENING

LOVINAH Power Vitamin C Cleansing Balm, £36 AT CULT BEAUTY

The future’s bright with Lovinah’s Power Vitamin C Cleansing Balm on your face. We suggest using it in the morning to reap the benefits of the vitamin C, but don’t let its army of antioxidant berries fool you into thinking it’s edible.