Even though winter is coming to an end, if you’re experiencing any number of dry skin issues—redness, rough patches, general irritation courtesy of winter weather—my suggestion is to inject as much hydration as possible into your daily routine. It starts with how you wash your face, morning and night. I, a cleansing-oil devotee, am swapping out my favorite formulas for something with a little more heft this season. Enter the cleansing balm, a product that makes splashing my face with water much more fun.
Cleansing balms hydrate and soothe without stripping your skin of essential moisture, They remove dirt and makeup while also moisturizing. They’re cleansers with a creamy consistency, and should be soap-free and sulfate-free.”
Like cleansing oils, cleansing balms are impressively effective at removing even the most stubborn waterproof makeup in seconds. (The main difference is the texture.) It’s also imperative that you use them in the same way, meaning you should always apply on completely dry skin before wetting your face. This allows the formula to properly emulsify, transforming from a thick balm to the thin texture of milk, which will get rid of everything you want gone. an interesting way of using a wet muslin cloth to wet the balm, an easy addition that makes the whole thing feel even more luxurious. After rinsing off, my face feels gratifyingly soft and moisturized. Keep in mind this is due to the hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients most cleansing balms contain and leave behind on your skin. (Think hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and botanical oils.)
One caveat: If your skin isn’t suffering from dryness, carry on with your usual cleanser. I wouldn’t use a balm of any kind if you have oily, acne or skin. Naturally, not all formulas are created equal, so I selflessly washed my face many times to find the best contenders out there.
Here are 6 of the best cleansing balms to see you safely through end of winter.Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Imagine if someone distilled the essence of sunlight and turned it into a makeup remover. That’s basically Emma Hardie’s take on the cleansing balm, resulting in a decadently thick, golden formula that never fails to lift my mood. It’s packed with wild sea fennel and rose oils and comes with a cloth that you wet and gently slide over your complexion—a face massage and wash in