Cleansing balms enriched with natural oils such as coconut oil are effective in removing stubborn makeup. Unlike soaps, cleansing balms do not strip the skin of its moisture. But what makes cleansing balms effective in removing dirt and makeup?
Cleansing balms are creamy cleansers containing solidified oils. It removes dirt and impurities and helps skin moisturized. You can especially use it to remove eye makeup without causing irritation on the skin.
In general, cleansing balms contain ingredients such as coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, and rose extract. These natural oils are great for removing makeup and dirt are the infused natural oils that deeply cleanse and remove excess oils.
Cleansing balms are super concentrated with antioxidant-rich oils that are considered more moisturizing compared to other beauty products. Most moisturizers are water-based; they tend to evaporate quickly and doesn’t leave the skin hydrated for long. In comparison, face balms have zero water content, thus trap moisture longer and leave the skin well-hydrated all day long.
What makes cleansing balms effective makeup remover?
What makes cleansing balms effective makeup remover is that it contains surfactants. These cleansing agents allow the cleansing balm to lift dirt and excess oil. As mentioned, cleansing balms contain natural oils, butter, and other extracts that help soothe the skin, such as coconut oil and sunflower seed.
And unlike facial wipes that require rubbing to effectively remove makeup, cleansing balms only requires gentle massaging to remove makeup and dirt.
What you should consider before using a cleansing balm
First, if you have sensitive skin, look for a cleansing balm that is free of harsh ingredients such as fragrances, alcohol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids.
Then, choose the cleansing balm, which formulation will benefit your skin most. There are cleansing balms that are effective in removing dead skin cells and hydrating the skin. Some are infused with collagen and anti-inflammatory ingredients, while some are rich in antioxidants that help make skin firmer and younger-looking.
How to apply cleansing balm
Cleansing balms work best when applied with a dry face and using dry hands first. On a dry surface, it acts like a magnet that loosens dirt and makeup, so they are easily removed once you add water to it.
Scoop a small amount and warm it up using your fingers. Once it is warm enough, gently apply it and massage onto your skin. You may need to massage it longer if you are wearing heavy makeup on. It should then work its way and breakdown the makeup.
Once the makeup has been dissolved, you may add warm water onto your skin and continue massaging your face in circular motions.
Then, place a warm, damp cloth over your face. Wait for a few seconds to allow the warm cloth to open your pores. You can then wipe off the cleansing balm and the dissolved makeup. If you still have some makeup left on your eye are, you can use a makeup remover to clean it thoroughly. Splash some cool water to close the pores and finish off with night cream or serum.
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