It sounds like an overstatement, but any makeup-removing woe you've faced with wipes and waters really can't stand a chance next to the best cleansing balms out there. Waterproof mascara clinging to every single lash? Foundation barely budging, no matter how hard you scrub? Feel like you've stripped away every good oil after you've cleansed? A balm cleanser won't leave you high and dry, literally. Ideal for dry, sensitive skin, the balm-to-milk formulas work wonders as the first step in double cleansing, or on days where you've layered on SPF, foundation, setting powder — etcetera.
Since oil-based cleansers basically melt through makeup, grime, pollution, and all of that sunscreen you applied in the morning, they've established themselves as pretty essential in the beauty world. However, while it's fairly easy to pick out an oil that goes well with your skin — such as sweet almond or avocado — many fan-favorite formulas include extra benefits, like additional vitamin C, exfoliation, or moisturizers. Ahead, the 13 best cleansing balms out there, so you can begin your day with hydrated skin and end it with a completely clean canvas.
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The predicament: you love a long-wear foundation, but don't want to spend 10-plus minutes trying to get it off your skin at night. The solution: Farmacy Beauty's cult-favorite Green Clean balm. Sunflower, moringa, and ginger root oils literally melt makeup off, while exfoliating papaya fruit extract deep cleans your pores.
Do you feel like your skin never gets that clean after a balm? You won't have that problem with this Sunday Riley formula. In includes sugar-based sucrose laurate and cocoa butter for a luxurious wash, plus blue tansy and German chamomile oils — the duo from the fan-favorite Luna Sleeping Night Oil.