To understand why, we'll need to revisit science class for a quick second. Remember how oil attracts oil? Well, that’s exactly the reason why a lush, oil-based balm cleanser will very effectively melt away sunscreen, makeup, dirt, excess sebum and impurities. And they'll do it very, very gently, because a cleansing balm will always leave your complexion feeling velvety-soft, supple and incredibly well-nourished. And never, ever stripped or dry.
Here’s another reason why you’ll want a cleansing balm: they’re usually safe to use around the eyes (although you should always read package instructions), which makes easy work of even the most long-wearing mascara (no more panda eyes!). And because you need to take a few extra minutes to massage a cleansing balm into dry skin, then add a little water to emulsify and transform the balm into a silky liquid, before maybe (if you're feeling fancy) using a washcloth to remove them, they will elevate your everyday cleansing routine to a spa-like ritual. Heaven. And they're so adaptable! Use a cleansing balm as a moisturising morning cleanser, or as the first step in a nightly double cleansing routine. Cleansing balms can be a year-round saviour for those with dry skin, while combination skin might rely on them come wintertime when their complexions can experience seasonal dehydration.
Ready to jump onboard? We've rounded up eight of the best cleansing balms that will leave you wondering how you ever did life without one.
The budget buy
The exfoliating balm
The detoxifying balm
The fragrance-free balm
The waterless balm
The cult balm