Coming Clean on Cleansing Balms
Thu, 13 December 2012 3:50PM
Can I please request a post on cleansing balms? I need PRIMPED to break it down for me. Thanks!
Sometimes, just sometimes, you Primpettes are the teachers. You know that? We learn from you; what you like, what you use, what works and what we should be prattling on about more.
In the case of cleansing balms, consider me your faithful student. For at the time of my piece last week on going balmy, I held only one cleansing balm close to my heart (and complexion).
But before I could say ‘Cotton socks for Christmas, please!’ you wanted to know more.
Suffice to say, a week later my skin is damn clear for all the testing. So thanks for that, Caitie!
To bring you up to (my current) speed, cleansing balms are an alternative to soapy or lotion cleansers. They are in balm form so the consistency is solid and thick, meaning only a dollop or two will remove the day and all its dirt.
The best bit is they deeply hydrate whilst cleansing the skin, so the result is a clean dial that also feels calm and comforted, not tight and downright nasty!
Most brands are suitable for all skin types – except those that are excessively oily – and I found warming the balm between my fingertips helped to bring them to body temperature before applying to dry skin. This meant they went on smoother and more evenly.
I then trialled splashing them off with warm water or removing with a warm face flannel, and the latter gets my vote as it just seemed to remove more of the excess balm and the warmth from the towel worked back beautifully to stimulate the rich residue the balm had left on my skin.
I always applied on dry skin for best results and massages in for 30 seconds before removing.
I’ve found in the short time I’ve been using a cleansing balm my skin feels plumper and more replenished to touch, which is just completely astoundingly groundbreaking if you are me or my complexion.
Furthermore, most brands contain natural botanical extracts to lock in moisture and the scents are nothing short of sublime, both of which make for a perfect skincare indulgence, right?
So, I suppose you could say I’m sold. Especially as summer travel time beckons. So compact are balms, literally throwing one of these in my overnight bag from 100 paces won’t result in breakage all over my new bikini or BBQ tongs.
Balms to buzz about:
- Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm, $58.50, Aromatherapy Associates, especially aimed at dry, irritated skin.
- The Balm BalmsAway, $24.95, from selected David Jones, kicks eye makeup to the curb.
- Antipodes Organic Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, $46, Adore Beauty. A pot of gold! All organic and so lush!
- Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse, $120, from department stores, had me at ‘Hello’. The scent is divine.
- Elemental Herbology Purify & Cleanse Soothing Balm, $64, Mecca Cosmetica, is no one-trick-pony. It exfoliates gently too.
- Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm, $50, Mecca Cosmetica, works magic, turning into a light milk texture upon application. Also nixes waterproof mascara.
- Darphin Aromatic Renewing Balm, $110, Mecca Cosmetica, is one out of the box. Radiance is restored by morning after an evening cleanse with this little baby.
- The Jojoba Company Gentle Cleansing Balm, $$29.95, The Jojoba Company, is a budget buy that doesn’t skimp on efficacy thanks to AHAs and vitamins.
Primpettes, have you tried cleansing balms? Are you tempted?
Would you like me to do a blog on BBQ utensils and their benefits next?
Posted by: ecb