If there’s one skincare category that doesn’t receive as much hype as it’s worthy of, we’d argue that it’s cleansing oils and balms. For some, it seems like a throwaway step — one you can get away with skipping and never know the difference. But the people who actually do take the extra few minutes to first cleanse their skin with an oil or balm end up shouting the product’s praises louder than Kanye West at an award ceremony.
Today we’re discussing what cleansing oils and balms are, why they’re a complexion game-changer, and how to incorporate them into your regimen. We’re also throwing out some of our current stans so you can get straight to shopping.
What Are Cleansing Oils and Balms?
Simply put, cleansing oils and balms are oil-based cleansers that attract dirt and makeup like a magnet. The primary difference between a cleansing oil and a balm is the texture. Oils are liquid and tend to be a little heavier while balms are solids and are generally more lightweight. You can use them interchangeably, but if your skin is on oily side then you may prefer a balm formulation more.
*Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil, Cellulite and Body Cleansing Oil, 100 ml
How Cleansing Oils and Balms Fit into Your Regimen
Both cleansing oils and balms should be applied as the very first step in your skincare regimen. The product is applied directly to dry skin (even with makeup on), massaged for a few minutes, and then rinsed away with warm water. (BTW, the products are formulated so that they turn into a thin and milky texture that washes off very easily).
So why start with an oil cleanser? For starters, the oils are superheroes when it comes to breaking down and lifting away dirt, grime, makeup, and product residue. Some people even say they can feel hard sebum plugs being pushed out of their pores during the massage process, which TBH is as gross as it is satisfying. Second, those oils nourish and hydrate the skin, making your face noticeably softer to the touch, more balanced, and more glowy. Cleansing oils are also great for all skin types, even if you’re oily or acne-prone.
After cleansing with an oil or balm, it’s best to follow up with a water-based cleanser like a gel or foaming cleanser. This step whisks away any remaining gunk as well as excess oil for an immaculately clean face. After both steps, skin is brighter, clearer, and healthier — without being stripped — and is ready to drink up whatever products you apply next.
Cleansing Oils and Balms Your Skin Will Thank You For
Ready to try out a cleansing oil or balm yourself? Start with one of these.
*The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil https://amzn.to/2ERuKOV 150 Milliliter.
*Super Facialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. Womens Vit C Cleanser Gently Removes Eye & Face Make Up. Boosted with Vitamin E & Cooling Cucumber 200 ml. Multi-Step Face Wash Product.
*Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – Super Cleansing Treatment Balm.
*Rituals The Rituals of Namasté Cleansing Balm, Purify Collection, 100 ml.