Balm cleansers are the new in thing! Eve Lom is the cult favorite and quickly many brands like Clinique and the Bodyshop have come up with their versions. Basically what a balm cleanser does is, it is an oil based balm that melts into your skin. Since most impurities, makeup and dust are oil based, the balm cleansers kind of attach themselves to them and when the oil comes off, so do loads of impurities and oils accumulated in our skin.
I recently purchased this Balance me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm from Sephora. I am utterly in love with their wrinkle fix that is like the best eye cream ever. You can see the detailed review here.
What is it and who is it for?
A balm cleanser with tiny granules to effectively deeply cleanse the skin.
£20 for 125 ml
Sensitive Skin Alert?
Patch Test Advised IMO.
What does the Brand Claim about Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm?
WHAT DOES IT DO
- Soothes sensitive skin
- Deeply hydrates skin
- Gently exfoliates
- Balances oiliness
- Effectively removes make-up and impurities
WHY DO YOU NEED IT?
- Dry skin: Fine Oat Powders gently exfoliate away dry patches.
- Normal skin: Shea, Mango and Cocoa Butters dissolve make-up and deeply hydrate, creating a radiant, balanced complexion for all skin types.
- Sensitive skin: Rosehip Oils help to soothe sensitivities and encourage healthy cell renewal.
How to use:
Gently massage over a dry face, apply warm water and continue to massage to smooth away make-up and daily grime. Remove balm residue with warm water and damp muslin cloth and pat skin dry.
My Experience with Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm
The balm cleanser comes in a tube packaging. Make sure you store it in a cold place. Why I insist on storing this in a cold place is, this literally becomes oil in the Indian heat. If you don’t wish to spoil your clothes, better keep it nice and cold 🙂
The balm cleanser has a soft Vaseline texture, but not so thick. It’s like Vaseline that instantly melts. I really dislike the smell, it’s not soothing and definitely like a mixture of oils. This has small oats granules that are not too harsh but do provide a good amount of scrubbing action. So consider this as a heavy duty cleanser. This comes with a muslin cloth. So what you are supposed to do is, apply the cleanser, all over face and neck. Let it rest for a minute or so.
Then wipe off with a muslin cloth dipped in hot water and squeezed. This makes sure that the balm cleanser is removed thoroughly and that instant of warm contact really melts the impurities while opening your pores. Repeat the process as many times as desired.
I do a double cleanse second step then. Using my trusty Sebamed cleanser that I have reviewed here. Now this is a really deep cleansing skin treatment. If you are one of those people, who apply makeup daily. This is a great option. For those of you who don’t use makeup, use this product for a once in a week treatment. The Muslin cloth is pretty useless, so use your own wash towel.
Positives of Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm
- Cruelty free
- Mild oat scrub granules
- Deeply cleanses
- Did not break me out
Negatives of Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm
- Does not smell good
- Muslin cloth is a waste
- Must be stored in a cold surrounding
Overall Would I repurchase and recommend?
See if you have to use a balm cleanser, this is a pretty good option. Especially if you use makeup on a daily/ regular basis. I recommend it.