Why You Should Switch to Cleansing Balms Right Now

Why You Should Switch to Cleansing Balms This Winter
Cleansing balms are no newcomer to the beauty scene, but with winter fast approaching, it may be a good time to consider making the switch to the denser side of the cleansing spectrum. If you're unfamiliar with balms or have never tried one for yourself, consider this— cleansing balms are typically formulated with natural ingredients and are usually oil or mud-based, while also being packed with various goodies like antioxidants, minerals and plant extracts. Translation: they can be like a drink of cold water for dry, parched winter skin. Need more convincing? Here are few more reasons to make the switch to cleansing balms this winter.

  1. They have dual-cleansing properties, meaning they can remove surface makeup and daily, environmental grime in one fell swoop.
  2. They're gentle on sensitive skin, and you can find a balm to suit any skin type, even oilier complexions.
  3. As mentioned above, they help keep skin nice and hydrated, making them invaluable during those pesky, complexion-killing winter months.

My personal favourites include Clinique's Take Off the Day and The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm for a more affordable introduction to the wide world of cleansing balms, and Eve Lom or Estee Lauder (pictured above) for more committed balm users. All are good, and there are countless others on the market that are just as amazing, so start wherever your budget allows and go from there— your skin will thank you. xx

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  1. Hi! Quick question - do you follow the cleansing balm with another cleanser? My skin's been so parched lately (I used a Laneige water mask and was like HUH, suddenly my skin looks plump and nice) but without a double cleanse is there just oil sitting on your face all night? Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much for the question! I generally like to use a micellar water first to remove the bulk of my makeup then cleanse with a balm during winter because my skin likes the added moisture. If the extra oil is too much for your skin, definitely follow it up with another cleanser :)