For me, effective cleansing is the most important part of any beauty routine. If you don't use an effective product to remove your makeup, then you're basically going to sleep still covered in dirt and grime. Yuk. Cleansing balms make the process of removing makeup and washing away impurities super simple, thanks to their ability to melt into skin and cling onto the nasty bits we don't want. If you're a bit lazy when it comes to your night time routine (preferring not to embark on a seven point process,) then cleansing balms offer all the power you need in one little tub. When massaged between the fingers and applied to the face in circular motions, you can instantly feel the benefit of a deep cleanse. Cleansing balms work best with a face flannel or muslin cloth dipped into warm water, removing all the impurities in one swoop. But with so many cleansing balms claiming to offer the secret to eternal radiance, which ones are really worth the money and will leave your skin feeling super clean?
1. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£39.50)
This cleanser was may all time favourite of 2013 for a reason. The rich balm melts into your hand, leaving a creamy texture that is easily massaged into the face to lift impurities. Working on even heavy makeup and waterproof mascara, Elemis' balm really gets deep down to remove everything you don't need without stripping the skin. After using this my face is left feeling clean, but still plumped and hydrated; it's great at soothing skin and making it feel super smooth. This is perfect for all skin types, but forms an essential part of any anti-ageing routine too. An essential buy.
2. Emma Hardie 'Amazing Face' Cleansing Balm (£34.50)
A favourite amongst skin care experts and bloggers alike, Emma Hardie's original 'Amazing Face' thoroughly cleanses the skin to leave it feeling reinvigorated. This soothing formula is great for sensitive skins, as well as helping to brighten dull complexions that are suffering the effects of ageing. It's extremely rich and only needs a little balm to effectively cleanse the whole face, but can also be used as a dry skin treatment and lip balm!
3. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£12.00)
An unlikely contender, but The Body Shop have really upped their game in recent months to offer some truly effective skincare products. This butter is much lighter than the other balms, requiring you to massage a little between your fingers before you apply to the face. This works effectively to lift makeup and impurities, leaving skin feeling fresh with no residue. If you're on a budget, then this tin is a great introduction to cleansing balms and butters.
These are my top three cleansing balms (and products I'd use forever more,) but what are yours?