Refresh your skincare routine with a beneficial new cleansing balm
By Lyndsay Conway
Best for: All skin types
Cleansing balms all started with Eve Lom. Described by those in the know as the best cleanser around, the Eve Lom Original Cleanser is the foundation of the brand’s skincare ethos. A balm, as opposed to a milk or a gel, gives a much more gentle, but deeper, cleanse. Skin is left glowing, radiant and smooth. Texture is improved, leaving a flawless base to continue your regular routine. Use a cleansing balm regularly to see your skin reinvigorated through gentle exfoliation, which tones the skin and drains toxins in the way no other cleanser can.
Best for: All skin types
This light cleansing gel is good for all skin types, from oily to dry and even easily irritated. Gently removing all traces of make-up and dirt to reveal soft and supple skin that is prepped for the next step in your skincare routine, the Giorgio Armani Cleansing Balm is also best for removing mascara, as it is just as gentle on the eye area as it is on the face.
Best for: Dry skin
If you suffer from flaky, irritated or dry skin, the Sensai by Kanebo's Silky Purifying Cleansing Balm is an essential new step in your routine. It's worth investing in the whole range, as this is a pre-step to using the Silky Purifying facial wash, rather than a precursor to a serum or moisturiser.
Best for: Mature skin
Cleanse and purify your skin without compromising your anti-ageing routine. This silky balm glides effortlessly onto the skin, removing make-up and dirt effectively without leaving a dry or 'stripped' feeling. Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm also smells divine, leaving your skin looking and feeling luxurious.
Best for: Sensitive skin
Gentle but just as effective, Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm is rich in essential oils to soothe your sensitive skin. You are left refreshed, clean and calm. A must for easily irritated skin.
Best for: Calming redness
Treat redness with the naturally caring Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm. The calming properties of Roman Chamomile Oil, Pink Violet Leaf Extract, Rose Oil, Prebiotic Oligosaccharides and Lecithin help to calm, protect and retain moisture - all resulting in a seriously smooth and even texture.
Best for: Dull skin
Refresh and revive a grey complexion with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. This gentle yet effective cleansing balm melts into the skin to remove all traces of make-up, dirt and impurities. Skin is left soft, supple and ultra-hydrated. You can also use this as a once a week treatment: Just massage onto dry skin and leave for ten minutes, while you breathe in the gentle aroma. Remove with a clean muslin cloth.
Best for: Removing stubbon make-up
The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is perfect for treating the skin at the end of a hard day: Remove even waterproof mascara, make-up with sunscreen and environmental aggravators in one sweep. A silky, fluid balm, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is easy to remove, leaving no residue - just beautifully clean skin.
Best for: Tight-feeling skin
Indulge in a spa-like experience with the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood. A mix of Marula Oil, Sage, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood Essential Oils work together to purify and soften skin in the most fragrant way. Feel nourished, supple and refreshed as a new radiant you is revealed with regular use.
Best for: Oily skin
Using a balm cleanser like Emma Hardie's Moringa balm allows you to truly massage your face, boosting circulation. The benefits continue thanks to a hot muslin cloth that's used to rinse away make-up and helps to gently exfoliate dead cells on the top layer of your skin. The incredible natural oils of the Moringa balm work to balance out your skin type so even if you're prone to oiliness, this your best bet for long-term radiance.