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10 of the best cleansing balms for 2018

10 of the best cleansing balms for 2018

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.

Which is the best cleansing balm for me?

  1. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  2. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
  3. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
  4. Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
  5. Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
  6. ESPA Nourishing Cleansing Balm
  7. NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Cleansing Balm
  8. Eve Lom Cleanser
  9. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
  10. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm

10 of the best cleansing balms

  1. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
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    ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

    One of the most well-known cleansing balms in the world, the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is packed with nourishing and skin-soothing botanicals to help deep-cleanse and moisturise the skin. The star ingredient is of course the brand’s signature marine complex: padina pavonica. A powerful anti-ageing active, it helps to plump-up, hydrate and get the complexion glowing.

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  2. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
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    Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

    This fragrance-free cleansing balm is one of the best and most widely-used and recommended by skincare professionals. Clinique’s Take the Day Off is a solid balm that turns into oil upon contact with the skin, but never feels oily or heavy. It removes everything from the skin, including impurities, makeup and sunscreen without leaving an inch of residue behind. Perfect for anyone who has problematic or easily-irritated skin, the cleansing balm won’t cause further redness or aggravation.

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  3. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
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    Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

    If you’re looking to switch to a cleaner, greener skincare routine, you will love Farmacy’s Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm. With a natural fragrance that’s reminiscent of lime jelly, the cleanser is made without all chemical nasties, including parabens, mineral oil and synthetic fragrance. It contains papaya extract to gently break down impurities, alongside sunflower, ginger root and orange oils to hydrate and get the skin glowing. It’s also infused with the brand’s signature Echinacea GreenEnvy™, which is an antioxidant-rich plant designed to keep the skin soft and smooth.

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  4. Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
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    Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

    As its name suggests, Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm heats up upon application of the skin, which helps it to release its high mineral content into the skin’s cells. It’s enriched with Hungarian moor mud, rich in calcium and magnesium, which helps to balance and replenish lost hydration. Even though its a balm formula, it doesn’t feel heavy or leave a greasy residue on the skin, and instead helps to leave the complexion super soft and smooth.

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  5. Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
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    Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

    If you have particularly dry or dehydrated skin, you’ll love Pixi’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm. Not only is it super rich and luxurious, it’s enriched with sweet almond oil and Vitamin E to hydrate, nourish and keep the skin soft and smooth.

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  6. ESPA Nourishing Cleansing Balm
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    ESPA Nourishing Cleansing Balm

    A luxury and natural spa-brand, ESPA know what it takes to build beautiful skin. Their Nourishing Cleansing Balm is packed with botanicals such as rose geranium, rose damascena and beeswax to soften, deeply cleanse and leave the skin beautifully calm and comfortable. It has a really soothing scent, so is perfect to use just before bed when you want to relax.

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  7. NEOM Perfect Night's Sleep Cleansing Balm
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    NEOM Perfect Night's Sleep Cleansing Balm

    If you love NEOM’s range candles and home diffusers, you will love their Perfect Night’s Sleep Cleansing Balm. Made from a blend of 100% natural ingredients, the balm also comes complete with the brand’s signature Tranquillity™ fragrance, which helps you to unwind and drift off. The vitamin-rich super oils in the balm melt away all makeup and impurities without leaving any residue behind; it’s our dream bedtime balm.

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  8. Eve Lom Cleanser
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    Eve Lom Cleanser

    Undoubtedly, one of the most famous cleansers in the world. Eve Lom’s Cleanser is one of the best cleansing balms thanks to its amazingly unique formulation, which not only helps to remove makeup and impurities, but also detoxify the skin. It contains clove oil to help clarify, while chamomile, cocoa butter and hops help to soften, smooth and promote a glowing complexion.

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  9. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
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    Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

    Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is one of the best cleansing balms to use if you have dull or dehydrated skin. Enriched with a blend of brightening essential oils including mandarin, jasmine, rose and orange, the balm also contains the brand’s signature ingredient moringa, which helps to shield against environmental aggressors and skin damage. The balm comes complete with a professional cleansing cloth, making this the ultimate cleansing routine.

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  10. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
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    Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm

    Suitable for all skin types, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm is a purifying formulation that helps to eliminate all manner of impurities, makeup, dirt and excess oil from the skin. Upon contact of the skin, the balm transforms into a milky oil, which feels incredibly hydrating, soothing and calming, leaving no uncomfortable feeling behind.

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Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!