When it comes to cleansing your face, there’s nothing quite like the unbridled joy of using a rich and silky balm after a long day at work. Or for that matter, when Sunday morning arrives and a deep cleanse is needed to wash away the impurities from a weekend well spent.
You see, the thick balmy formula not only ensures every single trace of makeup is dissolved, but it also provides the perfect texture for a spot of facial massage while you’re at it – two birds, one stone and all. And what’s more, the muslin cloth they often come equipped with provides you with the perfect tool to give your complexion a gentle exfoliation.
Here are six of our tried and tested favourites, for their ability to remove every single trace of makeup and leave your skin radiant, nourished and clean..
Combining moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E to balance, purify and refine your complexion while removing all traces of face and eye makeup in one fell swoop of a muslin cloth, Emma Hardie’s much-loved balm is a go-to for beauty editors far and wide. What’s more, the addition of orange, neroli and mandarin oils work to rejuvenate for a glowing complexion day after day.
Moringa Cleansing Balm, £48 at SpaceNK
Infused with rose, this gentle cleanser melts away any dirt and makeup – even waterproof mascara! Ideal for sensitive skin, it works to calm and soothe. Simply massage into dry skin on your face and neck for one to two minutes, then remove with warm water.
Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm, £24 at ASOS
Designed to sooth, soften and brighten the skin, this oil-rich balm has the most satisfying soufflé-like texture. It deep cleanses your pores, removing all impurities and any built up grime. The blend of omega-rich baobab, borage oils and a powerful dose of antioxidant vitamins A and E leave you with a perfectly cleansed complexion every time.
Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse, £40 at SpaceNK
Expertly formulated with a 100% base of natural oils (all of which are grown in the UK). It offers a deep cleanse and boost in nourishment, thanks to the inclusion of starflower, elderberry, optimega oils and anti-ageing padina pavonica. One use and you’ll be hooked.
Pro Collagen Cleaning Balm, £39 at John Lewis
This balm-to-oil cleanser is the key to clear, luminous skin. It aims to nourish, soften and (obviously) cleanse – plus the rich texture will leave your face perfectly plumped.
Nourishing Cleaning Balm, £18 at M&S
Sweep the day away with this luxurious, rich cleanser. It’s formulated with softening beeswax, youth-restoring rose, toning damascena and calming rose geranium to leave sensitive, dry skin clean and comforted.
Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £46 at John Lewis