My blogging schedule is so off this week! I’m a little under the weather and simply can’t get anything accomplished. One of my goals in 2017 is to plan out my posts better so I’m not struggling to take pictures after I get home from work… which is what happened Tuesday. Anyway. How’s your week going?
Cleansing balms are all the rage right now, and for good reason: they hydrate while cleansing your skin. During the summer months my skin is super oily, but in fall and winter it’s a different story. My face is going through a dry spell and I needed something that wouldn’t strip all the moisture while still cleaning off all my makeup.
For years I’ve been using makeup remover wipes to remove my eye makeup and a cleanser for my face. I switch back and forth between Cetaphil, CeraVe, and exfoliate once a week (at least) with Philosophy. Even with all that, I have still suffered from breakouts.
A couple of months ago I decided to give cleansing balms a try. My thoughts on two different balms:
No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm: The consistency of this product is more like a normal face cleanser or lotion – not what I typically think of as a “balm.” It comes in a tube which makes it less messy than the Clinique product and leaves your skin feeling super soft. I was concerned my skin would break out while using this, but I didn’t get ONE blemish. Seriously. My skin has never been clearer. The only thing I don’t love about this particular balm is that it’s not recommended for use on eyes. One of the purposes of using a cleansing balm was to stop using makeup remover wipes. This is much cheaper than other comparable brands, but you’re going to have to use another product to remove eye makeup. That’s my only complaint. Otherwise, my skin is left feeling clean and smooth.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: The consistency of this product reminds me of coconut oil (once it’s warmed), though it doesn’t leave an oily residue. It can be a bit messy but once you get the hang of it, it’s not bad! This takes off everything, including waterproof mascara. I wear a lot of eye makeup and it melts off! Again, breakouts were a concern, but my face is still blemish-free. I hope it stays that way! I was apprehensive to try this as my eyes are extremely sensitive, particularly to oily products. I’ve thankfully yet to have a negative reaction. My skin is so smooth and clean and the dryness is finally going away. As you can see, it does get a bit dirty!
I do wipe my face with Pixi’s Glow Tonic after using both balms. It’s not necessary, I’m just obsessed with the Glow Tonic! I still try to exfoliate about once a week, but otherwise am using the balms exclusively.
There are pros and cons to both so I cannot recommend one over the other. If you don’t need it to remove eye makeup, save your money and go for the No7 balm. If you need it to remove stubborn eye makeup, splurge on the Clinique product. You won’t regret it.
Have you tried a cleansing balm? Would you try one?
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