For me there is no better way to remove my make up and cleanse my skin than with a rich, nourishing balm. The oil method is fiddly, foams are aggravating, micellar waters barely scratch the surface and wipes are satanic. Balms, by contrast, are easy to use, gentle and soothing on my skin. I tend to switch between the perfectly adequate (not to mention preposterously well priced) Body Shop Camomile balm and the luxurious Emma Hardie Moringa balm depending on how extravagant I’m feeling but there is a brand available to suit every budget. Each balm listed here is mineral oil free, paraben free and infused with nutrients to ensure that skin receives a dose of goodness from the very first step of your beauty routine.
Emma Hardie Morning Moringa £38 | 100ml
Clinique Take The Day Off £22 | 125ml
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm £18 | 90ml
Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm £20 | 125ml
REN NO.1 Purity Balm £24 | 100ml
How to use:
In the evening I remove my heavy make-up and SPF with a cleansing milk before massaging a balm into my face and neck, leaving for a couple of moments and removing with a warm flannel face cloth. A balm can be used as the initial step in a double cleanse but this is my current order of preference, particularly when I am using Emma Hardie Moringa and want my skin to reap the maximum benefit. In the morning I cleanse once using a balm.