Hey there, lovely readers! It’s Maggie De here, and today we’re diving deep into the world of cleansing balms. Over the past year and a half, I’ve tried a whopping nine or ten of these beauties, and I’ve got some real gems and a few duds to share with you. So, let’s get started!
1. The Drugstore Finds
Elf Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
This one’s a decent pick, especially for those on a budget. While it does its job, it doesn’t melt as smoothly as I’d like. It’s a B- for me. The added hyaluronic acid and peptides? Well, I’m not entirely sold on their benefits in a cleansing balm.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Melting Balm
Easily available and does the trick. However, it’s a tad waxy for my liking. Still, it’s a reliable choice if you’re in a pinch.
Milani Golden Goddess Makeup Remover Cleansing Balm
This one has a distinct fragrance, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It melts nicely, but I’d probably skip it next time due to the strong scent.
CeraVe Cleansing Balm
A solid performer! It’s become a staple in many drugstores, and I’m here for it. It’s a bit harder in texture, but a little hand-warming does the trick.
My Top Drugstore Pick: It’s a tie between CeraVe and Neutrogena. Both are reliable, but CeraVe has a slight edge in my book.
2. The Unique Ones
Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm
This one stands out with its strong eucalyptus scent. Surprisingly, it didn’t irritate my eyes, but I won’t be repurchasing due to the overpowering fragrance.
Pharmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
A popular choice and for a good reason. It has a fresh scent and does the job well. It’s a B+ for me.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
I know many swear by this, but it’s just not for me. It felt too harsh and stripping on my skin.
3. My All-Time Favorites
Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm
This is my top pick! It melts beautifully, turning into a silky oil that emulsifies perfectly. Plus, it’s fragrance-free, which is a big win for me.
Clean It Zero by Banila Co
A close second. I’ve tried various versions of this balm, and they’ve all been fantastic. It’s a bit pricier but worth every penny.
CeraVe Cleansing Balm
Yes, it’s making a second appearance on this list. It’s just that good!
Final Thoughts: Cleansing balms have become a staple in my skincare routine. They’re the perfect first step in a double cleanse, especially for those with dry skin like mine. Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so what works for me might not work for you. Always listen to your skin and choose products that suit your needs.
Thanks for sticking with me till the end! If you’ve got a favorite cleansing balm, drop a comment and let me know. And if you’re curious about my CeraVe review, check out my video. Until next time, stay beautiful!
Maggie D, signing off! 🌸