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You’re doing your skin a disservice if you’re using your usual foaming face cleanser this season. Foaming face washes might leave skin clean, but for those with year-round sensitive or dry skin and for almost everyone else who is prone to dryness right now, they can also leave your complexion tight and parched due to their strong cleansing agents. No matter which category you fall into, when the temperature drops outside and you’ve got your thermostat turned up high you’ll want to switch to something gentler to counteract these harsh moisture sapping conditions.
What’s gentle on your skin but can get the job done and then some? Cleansing balms. They won’t strip natural oils from your skin and effectively remove dirt, grime and makeup. They hydrate and soften skin, and some come with other benefits as well.
Here are 5 Cleansing Balms that will leave you with a glowing, soft, supple complexion:
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm ($64) can be used daily to cleanse or weekly as a deeply nourishing facial mask. Apply to your face, neck and décolleté and gently massage using your fingertips. After 10 minutes, hold a warm, damp cloth over your skin and take a few deep breaths before gently wiping away. It blends rose and mimosa waxes, eelderberry, starflower oils and also contains the anti-ageing algae, Padina Pavonica.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm ($38) cleanses, removes makeup and helps in the anti-aging department. It’s formulated with Collagen to help support skin elasticity, Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture and minimize lines and wrinkles, Peptides to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support natural collagen and Ceramides to help strengthen your natural skin barrier so skin stays moisturized and supple.
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter ($55) blends Honey, Kasturi Turmeric, Chamomile butter and 24 Karat Gold to help bind moisture to the skin, give you antioxidant protection, brighten, soothe and calm redness, as it dissolves away makeup, dirt and impurities leaving you with a glowing complexion. This luxurious cleanser works beautifully on all skin types but is especially beneficial to those with dry skin. It also comes with a root-based vegetable sponge to use with the product gently exfoliate.
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ($50) won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. It’s formulated with gentle sugar-based cleansers, antioxidant-rich Cocoa Butter, super-calming Blue Tansy and German Chamomile oils, conditions Mimosa Flower Wax, and aromatherapeutic and clarifying Tangerine and Sweet Orange Essential Oils. It also doubles as a hydrating mask when left on for 20 minutes before rinsing clean.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm ($45) melts into a silky oil as you massage it into your skin. Then, simply rinse it thoroughly with warm water. You’ll notice it turns into a milky emulsion that removes dirt, impurities and makeup, washing it down the drain and leaving your skin refreshed and clean with a healthy-looking glow.
NOTE: All beauty products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.