Best Cleansing Balm: Give Your Skincare Regime a Touch of Luxury

Discover the easiest way to remove your makeup and pamper your face.

Cleansing balms date back millennia, with the Egyptians combining clay and olive oil to make a type of paste that they used to cleanse their bodies and faces. These days cleansing balms are a bit more sophisticated, but they will still make you feel like royalty. Here are some of our favourite picks.

  • Ingredients: One of the reasons that cleansing balms are such a fantastic addition to your skincare regime is that they can gently remove sun cream, makeup, and oil from your skin. The newest iterations are less waxy than their earlier counterparts and emulsify with water to make removing them easier than ever. Look for products that say that they become “milky” with water or boast multiple textures, as these are less likely to feel waxy and hard to remove.
  • Fragrance: If you’ve got sensitive skin, avoid products that have a high concentration of essential oils or fragrance. While essential oils are natural, that doesn’t mean that they are automatically good for your skin. When it comes to irritation, these types of fragranced oils, and other perfume-based ingredients can often be the culprit, so steer clear. 
  • Muslin Cloth: Keep an eye out for products that come with their own cloth included, as not only does this give a really spa-like feel to the whole experience, but a hot muslin cloth is a very efficient—and relaxing—way to remove the balm, along with makeup (even waterproof stuff), grease, and other impurities. 

Our Picks for the Best Cleansing Balms on Amazon

Top Pick: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Three-In-One Formula

This uniquely textured ointment melts onto the skin, becoming an oil that easily removes makeup, before becoming gentle milk that leaves you with a soft and glowing complexion.
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Budget Option: Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Suitable For Sensitive Complexions

Packaged in an environmentally friendly metal tin, this cult makeup remover effectively melts away even the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras and has natural plant extracts to calm and soothe. The Body Shop

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Fragrance Free: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Ophthalmologist Tested

With no artificial perfumes, this non-greasy, non-drying cleanser becomes an oil on application and easily dissolves makeup. Apply to dry skin, massage well, and rinse.
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Premium Pick: Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

With Floral Extracts

The cult product gets a fragrant upgrade with this spa-like iteration that has the same soothing and calming properties of the original three-in-one formulation, but with an additional flower extract, and an attractive pink jar.
Elemis

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