Double cleansing at night is something I discovered in beauty school. We were taught it in facials and then every brand that came in to give a lecture went on and on about it! The first cleanse is to remove thick, greasy SPF and makeup while the second cleanse it to clean the skin. I think Caroline Hirons says it best to think of it like sweeping your floor before you mop or you just end up with a muddy mess!
I was 21 back then and have double cleansed every night since! It took me a while to find a few oils and balms that I loved. Some leave a residue or were too stimulating while others just didn’t get the job done. These are my 5 Best Makeup Remover Cleansing Balms right now!
5 Best Makeup Remover Cleaning Balms
- Beauty Pie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm-– UMMM the smell alone is worth it. The texture is incredible and melts into the skin–removing SPF, makeup, dirt, and built-up oil with ease. I recommend using a washcloth/flannel to remove. If you have dry skin like me this one is the BEST cleansing balm ever. It isn’t vegan and there is light fragrance but nothing to get worked up about. It dissipates quickly and adds to the lushness of the cleansing experience. The base is cold-pressed rosehip seed oil, apricot butter, and vitamin E. Retails for $65 or $16 if you are a Beauty Pie member.
- Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm — This smells like an expensive spa! I like the texture and scent. The results leave the skin softer and super clean. I don’t recommend it around the eye area. It has essential oils in it that could burn/irritate the eyes. It is an almond oil base. Again, this one is great for dry or mature skin. It has shea butter so if you have acne or combo skin I would avoid it. Comes with a proper washcloth! Retails for $64
- Farmacy Green Clean— One of the most versatile cleansing balms on the market this one is great for all skin types. It is a light balm almost an oil. It removes any makeup leaving the skin soft and plump. I like that it is a light scent, light texture, doesn’t require much product or work for great results. Again, remove with a warm, wet cloth for best results. I’ve used this for about 4 months now and still have 1/4 of the product left. A little goes a long way. It smells fresh and sweet like clean laundry. Great for all skin types. Retails for $34
- Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm — A rich and creamy balm cleanser. Throw the muslin cloth away. Those things just don’t clean as well as a good old fashioned washcloth! The scent is hit or miss on this one. Several of my clients love it where others hate it. I like it. Again, it smells like a spa to me. The texture is a bit more “chunky” to me. I definitely know when I’ve used too much. About a nickel size is all you need. I recommend warming it up full in your hands before applying. I use it over my eyes with no issues but if you are sensitive I would avoid the eye area. Great for dehydrated skin, mature skin, combo or dry. Retails for $65
- Sunday Riley Blue Moon – I’ve had this one for a bit and it took me a year to get on board but now I am hooked! More like a gritty paste and the scent is blue tansy– a scent I used a lot in beauty school and my first spa. I like it. Blue tansy is great for oily/combo skin. It completely removes my makeup but can sting my eyes sometimes so I use a different cleanser on my eyes. It MUST be removed with a washcloth and followed by a second cleanse. The grittiness seems to go away as it works into the skin. Great for oily, combo skin. Retails for $50
I know most of these are at a higher price point. So I just bought 10 low-medium budget balms to try and review later this fall. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these cleansing balms or if there is another I should try!
Do you use makeup remover cleansing balms? Let me know in a comment below!