Cleansing balms have gained serious popularity over the last year or so, but none other has had such an impact as Clinique's Take the Day off Cleansing Balm.
The balm itself is super lightweight and works by dissolving all manner of makeup and impurities on the skin, including notoriously-hard-to-get-rid-of sunscreen.
As a solid balm in the tub, it transforms into a luxurious and silky oil upon contact with the skin, without leaving a greasy or heavy residue behind.
It removes every last trace of makeup but rinses clean and if you have oily skin and are worried about using oil: fear not. This cleanser rinses completely clean – there’s absolutely no residue left behind and it’s not greasy at all - Ruth Crilly, A Model Recommends
Why should we be using Cleansing Balms?
The art of double cleansing is gaining in popularity, and shows no signs of slowing down.
The idea behind cleansing twice, is that the first cleanse removes all makeup and impurities on the skin, while your second cleanse actually helps to work with your skin without battling through the dirt.
A cleansing balm is the perfect first step as the oils infused into it actually help to pull oil from the skin and unblock the pores. While some people worry that they can be too heavy and rich for the skin, Clinique's is completely the opposite. The lightweight texture is unfragranced and suitable for all skin types, and over time will actually work to make your skin cleaner and healthier.
What's in the " Clinique Take the Day off" collection?
A cleansing milk is great to use if you have sensitive or hormonal skin, as they are very gentle and easy on the skin.
Clinique's Take the Day off Cleansing Milk is a residue-free cleanser that helps to melt away all makeup, impurities and dirt to reveal a beautifully healthy and soft complexion behind.
It even removes sunscreen based formulas, so your pores are cleansed and don't become clogged, reducing the chances of breakouts.
A cleansing oil isn't dissimilar to a cleansing balm, except it starts out as an oil and doesn't feel as creamy.
Clinique's Take the Day off Cleansing Oil is a gentle cleanser that works well as a first step in your skincare routine to break down all dirt and makeup, ready for your second cleanser to go in and really work your skin.
While we would never recommend using facial wipes to remove makeup every day, they're great to keep on you for when you're at the gym, a festival or out and about and need a quick cleanse.
Clinique's Take the Day off Cleansing Towelettes are infused with a micellar solution, which helps to gently clear away makeup and impurities, while leaving skin feeling calmed and soothed.
Lids, Lashes and Lips
Removing makeup from your eyelids, lashes and lips requires more delicate care than the rest of your skin, as the skin here tends to be a lot thinner and can damage more easily.
Clinique's Take the Day off Lids, Lashes and Lips is an oil-based formulation that helps to break down even the most stubborn and waterproof of mascaras and matte liquid lipsticks, so your second cleanse can go in and offer a deeper cleanse.
Eye Makeup Remover Stick
We absolutely love Clinique's Take the Day off Eye Makeup Remover Stick as we haven't seen anything like it elsewhere on the market.
The solid balm transforms into an indulgent oil as it makes contact with the skin, and is ideal for on-the-go touch-ups, and for when you've made a little mistake with your makeup that you need to rectify without amending your whole face of makeup.