My Celebrity Life

The Double Cleanse: Balm and Follow Up

Of all the practises that make my little beauty editor heart skip a beat, cleansing my face tops the list. Years of regularly falling asleep with my makeup on in my early twenties (so cringe, I know!) have lead to my near-obsession with thoroughly removing every stitch of gunk and goo from my skin at night, and for me, that means double cleansing is my go-to method. Only, I don’t always reach for the traditional first step, oil cleansers. I often reach for cleansing balms instead. I know some of you might be clutching your pearls right now, so allow me to explain.

Straight oils are great for many skincare purposes, but the truth is they can be a bit messy, and portion control can be problematic. Cleansing balms are an excellent alternative since they deliver makeup-melting oils in a solidified form that break down everything from mascara to sunscreen with ease. The balm that changed my life forever is Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm (£32). It uses sunflower and gingerroot oils along with turmeric and moringa extracts to dismantle anything and everything lingering on my face and papaya enzymes to naturally exfoliate my pores. It’s a dream to use. I just warm up a small scoop on dry skin before adding a little water to activate a luxe, milky lather.

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Although this particular balm rinses away without leaving any residue behind, I still follow up with my beloved IS Clinical Cleansing Complex (£36), which is the perfect second step. Since I committed to this double-cleanse combo, my skin has remained smooth, glowy, and free of congestion. It’s a match made in heaven.

My Celebrity Life – Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

My Celebrity Life – IS Clinical Cleansing Complex
IS Clinical Cleansing Complex

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So are you ready to commit to that balm life? I hope so! To get you started, I’ve rounded up the best cleansing balms out there for your double-cleansing needs. And since I’m a rigid completionist, I’ve also included the water-based cleansers perfect for rounding out your face-washing routine. Happy scrolling!

My Celebrity Life – Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm
Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm

This balm is the bomb! Dad jokes aside, it provides a thorough, tingly wash, thanks to eucalyptus and clove leaf oils. Vitamin E, jojoba, and avocado oils also contribute to its skin-conditioning magic.

My Celebrity Life – Versed Keep the Peace AcneCalming Cream Cleanser
Versed Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser

My Celebrity Life – Drunk Elephant Slaai MakeupMelting Butter Cleanser
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

Even waterproof makeup is no match for this popular balm, which combines soothing blueberry, kiwi, and strawberry extracts; nourishing fruit oils; and a mix of marula-seed, baobab-seed, Kalahari melon-seed, mongongo, and ximenia oils.

My Celebrity Life – Drunk Elephant Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

My Celebrity Life – Elemis ProCollagen Cleansing Balm
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis is known for its spa-day essentials, and this cleansing balm is the perfect option for a luxe day of pampering. It’s got rose and mimosa waxes infused with nourishing elderberry, starflower, and supercharged oils to grip makeup and debris. Anti-ageing superhero algae is also in the mix, so you know the benefits extend well past cleansing time.

My Celebrity Life – Elemis Superfood Facial Wash
Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

My Celebrity Life – Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Take the Day Off is among the first cleansing balms I’d ever heard of, and I discovered it well before I started making a career of testing beauty products. (That means it’s been around forever.) It’s got thousands of five-star ratings, with reviewers touting its ability to break down even a full beat. While super effective, this one doesn’t rinse away as easily as some others, so you should definitely plan on having a slippery, water-based cleanser on deck to round out your cleansing ritual.

My Celebrity Life – Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

My Celebrity Life – Evolve Organic Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt
Evolve Organic Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt

Here’s a clean option packed only with ingredients you can pronounce, like sunflower-seed oil, sweet almond oil, and baobab-seed oil. It’s also got natural sugar extracts to help create a creamy lather once activated by water.

My Celebrity Life – Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Detox Facial Wash
Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Detox Facial Wash

My Celebrity Life – Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

If you suffer from sensitive skin, then this ultra-gentle formula is for you. Brimming with hydrating and replenishing ingredients that feed skin cells while effortlessly melting make up, dirt, and residue, this can remove even the most stubborn makeup. With moisturising cocoa butter to promote skin’s elasticity, the star is a blend of azulene-rich oils of blue tansy and German chamomile – renowned for their anti-inflammatory, redness-reducing, and healing abilities.

My Celebrity Life – Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

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My Celebrity Life – Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm

The growing popularity of the extended skincare routines brought to the forefront by the K-beauty boom has a lot to do with the reason double cleansing is now so widely accepted. This balm by Glow Recipe is just another representation of the brand’s commitment to elevating the skincare experience from a chore to a luxury. As the name suggests, it’s got papaya-seed enzymes and oil to resurface and hydrate the skin, along with blueberry extract for added environmental protection.

My Celebrity Life – Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser
Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

My Celebrity Life – Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

If you’re a fan of Hungarian beauty brand Omorovicza, you may have anticipated that the hero ingredient Hungarian moor mud—which is laced through all its formulations—would be included here. The calcium- and magnesium-rich ingredient detoxifies the skin, while sweet almond oil nourishes. Plus, it smells absolutely divine, thanks to orange blossom.

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam
Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

This botanical-forward formula brings together moringa-seed extract, wild sea fennel, and vitamin E to balance, purify, and rejuvenate the skin. I give this bonus points for the cleansing cloth that comes with it so you can be sure to remove every last bit of the stuff gently.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Gel
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Gel


Credit: Original article published here.

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