10 Cleansing Balms That Will Reboot Dry Summer Skin
If you're like us, then you're probably squeezing out every ounce of summer that's left. But, as much as we love the sunny season, there's one thing we're not going to miss when it ends: dry, tight skin. Skin loses its moisture mojo by August because of environmental irritants that zap away natural oils, like pollution, UV rays, and salty sea water. Sure, you can amp up your moisturizer, but one of the best ways to restore soft, radiant skin for fall is to swap out your usual wipes or liquid foaming wash with a cleansing balm. These silky skincare products melt away makeup and grime with a gentle, moisture-rich cream, so your skin feels hydrated and supple, not tight and flaky. And, since any leftover ingredients soak into skin after you wipe the balm away, you may not even need a separate moisturizer.
To get in on the cleansing balm trend and to give your skin a serious retreat from the drying effects of summer, check out our favorite options on the market.
Yes To Cucumbers Exfoliating Cleansing Balm ($8): When you use the included pad with the natural bead exfoliating balm, the soft spikes slough off dead skin cells, all while moisturizing with sweet almond and cucumber oils. It's a must if you're sporting spots, since the exfoliating action clears out acne-causing clogged pores.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy ($34): This all-natural balm has the power of botanical-based oils like echinacea and moringa to clear away stubborn waterproof eye makeup and sunscreen. Once you wipe it off, the powerful antioxidant ingredients seep into skin, helping to counteract pollution and UV damage for a brighter, more even tone.
No 7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($9): This balm stands out thanks to its under-$10 price tag, as well as its vitamin-packed formula featuring grapeseed oil and vitamins B and E. Formula aside, the results speak for themselves. Use it over a week, and you'll notice a more refreshed, luminous look.
Banila Co Clean It Zero Orginal Cleansing Balm ($16): The OG of cleansing balms, this cult formula has undergone a makeover that replaces irritating ingredients with more sensitive, skin-friendly ones like vitamin E, ester oil, and green tea.
Nyakio Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm ($28): Some vegan formulas fall short of feeling luxe, but not so with this lush cream-to-oil must-have. The almond oil is sourced from Spain and feels rich when you massage it in, leaving skin with a radiant finish.
Eve Lom Cleanser ($80): A triple blend of oils (clove, chamomile, and eucalyptus) helps decongest, exfoliate, tone, and soothe stressed skin. It comes with a muslin cloth that's more than just a replacement for your washcloth; it helps to close up pores when you press it into your face, while simultaneously gently exfoliating.
goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleanser ($90): The coconut oil balm is 79 percent organic and gets serious in its removal of makeup and grime, making your complexion clean without a trace of grease.
Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm ($10): Turn your cleansing routine into a mini-facial with this cleanser, enriched with rose hip extract to nourish and condition skin. It becomes a spa moment when you alternate hot and cold compresses over the formula, to clear out impurities and close up pores.
One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm ($49): Strong yet gentle, this cleansing balm deeply cleanses pores, removing even the most stubborn traces of waterproof makeup. But what we love most about is this: Mix a few drops in with mineral makeup and boom — you've got a gorgeous, glowy, DIY cream foundation.
Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Lift Away Cleansing Balm ($44): When the temps are high, washing off the day with this lightweight balm is a welcome relief. It absorbs quickly into skin and detoxifies pores, dissolving makeup and impurities with superfruit anti-inflammatory ingredients like mangosteen and elderberry for a refreshing, cool feeling.
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