Skip to main content

10 of the best cleansing balms

10 of the best cleansing balms
Tara Stevenson-Smith
Writer and expert3 years ago
View Tara Stevenson-Smith's profile
Last Updated 28/03/2024

Cleansing balms are becoming more and more popular thanks to their wonderfully deep-cleansing yet hydrating properties. Discover our edit of the best cleansing balms below, as well as some top application tips.

What is a cleansing balm?

Cleansing balms tend to be much more hydrating and gentler on the skin than other cleansing formulations such as gels.

Made from a blend of oils, they transform upon application on the skin, helping to break down makeup, impurities and sunscreen without irritating the skin or making it feel uncomfortable.

They're perfect for sensitive, dry and dehydrated skin types as they are super luxurious and nourishing.

How do I use cleansing balms?

Cleansing balms need to be massaged into the skin for a minute or two, as this will help break down their oils so that all makeup and impurities are "grabbed".

They're best paired with a warm cloth as this helps to remove all of the balm so no residue is left behind.

What are the best cleansing balms?

  1. ELEMIS Cleansing Balm
  2. Clinique Take the Day Off
  3. Youth To The People Superberry Dream Cleansing Balm
  4. Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
  5. The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm
  6. Glow Hub Nourish and Hydrate Cleansing Balm
  7. ESPA Nourishing Cleansing Balm
  8. Eve Lom Cleanser
  9. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
  10. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

10 of the best cleansing balms

    Tara Stevenson-Smith
    Writer and expert
    View Tara Stevenson-Smith's profile
    Ever since I was a little girl, I have been interested in all things beauty as I used to watch my mum do her makeup and hair all the time and then I would try and use her products! I now love finding the best beauty buys out there and then recommending them to my friends and family to find out there experience with using them. To me the beauty industry has no limits, you can use different products or even just one product to create a variety of looks and through using different tools it can be made into an experience tailored to you. For me, perfecting my base is my fave thing to do and play around with, as I like it to last me all day whilst still looking flawless! So a handful of high quality products that I can rely on to achieve my natural yet airbrushed effect daily look is an essential as it gives me the confidence to be bold. As I am always trying and testing out new foundations, concealers, powders, primers and setting sprays I feel like I have a handle on the best makeup products out there. I am an advocate in using products that make you feel FANTASTIC as well as LOOKING FANTASTIC! I am currently loving the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in the shade 'Orgasm' as it adds the perfect sheen of colour onto my lips whilst also moisturising them!