Monday, 21 October 2013

Battle Of The Balms

Autumn is officially upon us and Winter is soon to follow - as it is I already have dry skin, so when London starts to feel a little chilly, cleansing balms become an essential part of my skincare regime. A common myth is that cleansing balms aren't suitable for oily skin types which is in fact completely untrue - using a foaming cleanser as opposed to a balm or cream, actually strips the skin of its natural oils which could make the skin produce oil overtime, which would make oily skin types even greasier! In my opinion, balms and creamy cleansers (anything non-foaming really) is definitely the way to go. I decided to road test these five, all quite different and in different price ranges. Let's see which one comes out on top.

Firstly I'd just like to say that I use all of these products in the same way - I dispense a small amount on my palm,  massage it into the skin for a minute or two, dampen a flannel in warm water and use that to take off the cleanser. I then take another flannel to pat my face dry. I wash both flannels twice a week. Another quick thing to note is that the Balance Me and Liz Earle cleansers come with a muslin cloth, but I personally prefer using flannels as they are a little more gentle on the skin. 

Good Things Fresh Start Creamy Cleanser (£4.99) - I've previously raved about this here. This is one of the cleansers that's perfect to use in the mornings or during the Summer, because it's very light in texture, yet feels lovely on the skin and leaves me feeling refreshed once I've wiped it off with a flannel. It's also a great budget buy, being the cheapest of all the products. 

Super Facialist By Una Brennan Calming Creamy Cleanser (£7.99) - This one is similar to the one above, except a little thicker. It feels a little more nourishing on the skin, and again leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean and refreshed. I don't love the smell of this product but it works well so I let that slide!

Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm (£20) - This is definitely one for the evening because it's an oil-based balm. It's 100% natural and packed full of essential oils and antioxidants. I'd avoid this particular one if you have very oily skin, but for my dry, sensitive skin this works like a dream! I actually look forward to massaging this into my skin every night. It contains tiny granules of oatmeal to exfoliate but it's very gentle so it's fine to use every day. It leaves the skin incredibly soft and hydrated once it's been washed off - I absolutely love this product!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - This product has achieved cult status in the beauty world. It's quite light in texture, probably in between the Good Things and the Una Brennan cleansers. It does the job and leaves the skin feeling refreshed, but I don't really understand the hype around this product. Another thing to note is that some people find that the essential oils in this particular cleanser are quite strong and irritate their skin, although I personally didn't experience this problem. It also smells very strongly of eucalyptus oil so if you don't like that then this is not for you!

Lush 9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion (£4.95) - This is my least favourite of them all. It's very light and would make a good quick cleansing product for the morning, but I don't feel like it really cleanses my skin as well as the others and it also contains parabens which I don't like.

So there you have it - If I had to pick my favourites I'd say the Una Brennan cleanser is great for my morning cleanse, and the Balance Me balm is perfect for the evening. For oily skins I'd recommend the Good Things cleanser for the morning, and the Una Brennan for the evening.

Let me know if you've tried any of these.

Happy reading,


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