10 of the best cleansing balms

Funmi Fetto
·2-min read
<span>Photograph: Iuliia Zavalishina/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Iuliia Zavalishina/Getty Images

The Eve Lom Cleanser is responsible for my love of cleansing balms. I discovered it in the early 2000s and it was the only product that loosened and removed the stubborn blackheads that had been residing in my pores for years. Additionally, it cleaned, smoothed, balanced and cleared up my skin so exquisitely I could confidently stroll into work sans makeup (my skin had been so tricky up to that point that this felt groundbreaking). So when I see cleansing balms whose only purpose in life is to remove makeup, I can’t help but label them as lazy. While there is no arguing that the best ones are an easy, soothing and gentle way of removing makeup, fundamentally, be it the texture is a foam, gel, oil or balm, the basic job of a cleanser is to clean – not just makeup but grime and dirt, too. Otherwise you may as well remove your makeup with olive oil. For anyone with mature, sensitive, dry, or oily-but-dehydrated skin, cleansing balms are a joy. The best ones clean (without leaving a residue), hydrate, balance, soothe and some, such as Glow Recipe’s offering, also resurface and brighten. I don’t think it is too much to ask that your cleansing balm do more than just clean or remove makeup. We are all becoming polymaths – there’s no reason our cleansers shouldn’t follow suit.

1. Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser £29, spacenk.com
2. Q+A Grapefruit Cleansing Balm £9, hollandandbarrett.com
3. Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Cleansing Balm £46, spacenk.com
4. Beauty Pie Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm £11.56, beautypie.com
5. Eve Lom Cleanser £55, spacenk.com
6. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser £5.50, theordinary.deciem.com
7. De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm £62, spacenk.com
8. Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm £44, uk.elemis.com
9. Bad Habit Omzzz Acaí Nightly Cleansing Balm £22, uk.morphe.com
10. Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet £29, cultbeauty.co.uk

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