Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Battle of the Balms


Cleansing balms are a relatively new addition to my skincare routine, but since my first try I really can't get enough of them. They're such a fantastic way of removing every single scrap of make-up whilst really nourishing the skin and giving it a deep clean without stripping. At the moment I only have a couple that I regularly use, but both are wonderful in their own little way.

The Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm was my first buy. It comes in a handy little tube meaning you can squeeze out just the right amount, and is a lot more hygenic than a pot version. It advises you to apply and work into the skin alone for around 30 seconds, then add a little water to your fingers, and again work the product into the skin for another 30 seconds.

It turns into a lot more of a balm texture after the water, feeling more like a scrub beforehand, so it really works on removing any dead skin cells and giving a nice radiance to the skin. It's packed full of 100% natural oils, as well as anti-oxidants and oatmeal to create a nice exfoliant. Despite being recommended for 'dry/sensitive' types, I've never experienced any issues with this on my more oily areas, although if I am having a bit of a breakout I would advise to go a little easy on that particular area. It's got a gorgeous citrus scent and really leaves the skin feeling lovely, so refreshed and soft.

I got The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter a couple of weeks ago and I haven't been able to stop using it as the main part of my evening skincare routine since. It comes in a little pot, and is a lot harder of a formula. After scooping a bit out, you use your fingers to turn it into more of a buttery-balm, and apply. It dissolves away every bit of make-up within a few seconds, but I really like to spend some time massaging these into the skin to get as many benefits from the balms as possible. There is a synthetic wax in there meaning it might be a bit troublesome for a few oily types; I haven't experienced any issues, but I occasionally do a second cleanse with a cleansing milk, more just in case than anything else.

I know the title saying 'battle', but I just can't pick a winner for this one - sorry! I'm sitting on the fence, because I love both of these so much. They've got different feels, and although I love the Balance Me offering, if I am feeling a little sensitive or don't want too much of an exfoliation, I'll use the Body Shop one. At £20 (BM) and £12 (TBS) both are really affordable, and with both a little goes a long way too, so they'll stick around for a good few months. Sorry folks, it seems you might just need both of these if you're after some fantastic and affordable cleansing balms.

Have you tried either of these? What did you think?

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