In the past, the idea of putting oil on your face would probably have made you shriek in horror. Oil was, after all, considered to be the culprit behind breakouts. Now we know that this isn’t true and that facial oils can actually be beneficial. This substance is also good at dissolving make-up, sunscreen and dirt from your skin for a thorough first cleanse. Cleansing balms are the same thing in solid form – perfect for mess-free travelling and storage.
The benefits of a balm cleanser
Cleansing balms originate from the K-Beauty movement, along with the practice of double cleansing.
This method requires that you wash your face with an oil or balm first, followed by a gel or foam cleanser. The oil or balm step is to get rid of make-up, sunscreen, dirt, sebum and build-up, as this helps it melt away with ease when you massage it into your skin.
Because some people feel that cleansing balms can leave behind some residue, they use a gel or foam formula afterwards to make sure there is no product left on their skin. Others, however, are comfortable with just using a balm or oil as their only cleanser. The benefit of this is that it removes debris without stripping your skin of its natural oils, which can dry it out and make it feel tight. This makes it a good choice for dry and mature skin types.
Another benefit to cleansing balms is how easy they are to travel with. While oil cleansers can spill and stain everything you own, balm formulations are solid so they don’t cause this messy problem. This means you can keep your skin clean and clear wherever you are!
Do you want to give a cleansing balm a try? Shop them online or at your nearest Edgars store.