An intro to cleansing balm

Imagine using a cleansing balm that leave your skin clean, clear and soft after every cleanse!

Let's find out what is a cleansing balm and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine.

What is a cleansing balm?

It is a type of balm that is anhydrous and used to cleanse the skin off dirt, makeup and grime. Anhydrous means it is made up of oils, wax and oil-soluble ingredients.

The difference between the normal balm and a cleansing one is, the latter is a wash-off product so it usually does not contain any cosmetic actives

There are so many types sold in the market now!

What does it do?

It cleanses the same way your water-based cleanser does. The only difference is, it is oil-based!

There is no foam in cleansing balms. The butters, waxes and oils in the product will melt once it touches your skin.

It is not compulsory to include one into your skincare routine. So if you don't have or don't like to use it, it's absolutely ok!

How to use a cleansing balm?

Also known as makeup melter, using a cleansing balm is very easy. Take a dollop of product onto your palm and apply it on your skin.

Massage gently onto the skin so that it lifts off any makeup, dirt or grime. 

Then, use a washcloth and wipe your skin gently. Repeat until there is no more makeup left.

If you are not doing a double cleanse, you can stop here. Otherwise, cleanse your face with a mild facial foam. Wipe skin dry.

Your skin will appear clean, clear and glowing.

What does a cleansing balm contain?

It may contain:

  • oil such as Jojoba, Squalane, Coconut Oil
  • oil-soluble extracts, fragrances, actives, etc
  • butter such as Shea, Mango
  • wax such as Beeswax, Candelilla
  • clay such as Kaolin
  • glycerin to improve skin feel or add viscosity
  • antioxidants to prevent oxidation
  • preservatives to prevent bacteria, mold and yeast

Balms according to Concept or Philosophy

  • A Vegan balm does not contain ingredients derived from animals like Beeswax
  • An Natural/Organic balm does not contain synthetic ingredients
  • A Halal balm does not contain ingredients derived from pig and other animals that are not processed according to Islamic rights, alcohol

Is it ok to use it everyday?

Yes! I highly recommend you to use daily especially if you use makeup. Balms are mild and leave your skin soft and fully hydrated. 

However, I do suggest you still use your cleanser that foams or contains surfactants to remove excess oil and dirt.

Where to buy?

iHerb and Sephora have plenty that you can purchase!

Prefer to make your own DIY Cleansing Balm?

Me too! Head over this page to get my formula - Soothing Cleansing Balm.

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