What is a Cleansing Balm and How Do You Use it?

What is a Cleansing Balm and How Do You Use it?

What is a cleansing balm?

A Cleansing Balm typically has a solid or balm form which melts into an oil when warmed on the skin and emulsifies into a milky liquid once you add water.

Balm cleansers are the perfect first cleanse to remove makeup, SPF, pollutants and impurities that might be on the skin. A balm texture is perfect for those with drier skin types as it doesn’t strip the skin of any further oils and protects the skin’s barrier with the nourishing oils. What most people don’t know is that balm textures are also great for oilier skin types as oil attracts oil, meaning it helps to remove any excess oil on the skin.

SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm

SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm is a balm to oil pre-cleanser, enriched with Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Almond Oil and Vitamin E to cleanse, nourish and hydrate the skin. Daily makeup, sunscreen, pollution and impurities will easily melt away, leaving skin feeling clean and soothed. 

For clean and nourished skin and reduced redness, this comprehensive make-up melting cleansing balm does it all. The perfect first step in a cleansing routine, this rich balm dissolves and sweeps away dirt and make-up without stripping skin in the process.

Perfect for any of the following skin concerns: dull skin, sensitive skin, dry skin, combination skin, normal balanced skin, oily skin.

SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm

SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm
£32 / €36


The SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm is formulated with a nourishing cocktail of emollients such as avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and Vitamin E, which attract and remove excess oils while helping to repair and strengthen the skin barrier. Transforming from a balm to oil on application, it leaves complexions clean and soft, lifting away residual make-up and impurities.

Avocado Oil is a natural source of essential fatty acids that aid in repairing the skin barrier to help skin feel calm and soothed whilst also conditioning the skin  

Jojoba Oil effectively loosens and melts sebum (ideal for those with oily skin types) and improves skin tone and texture  

Almond Oil is a natural oil with anti-inflammatory and healing properties (great for sensitive skin types) Almond oil is also a powerful moisturiser that effectively removes even waterproof makeup to leave skin hydrated and soft 

*Not suitable for those with an almond nut allergy

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that promotes skin healing and help shield skin from free radical damage 

What are the benefits of a cleansing balm?

  1. Deep Cleanse
    Cleansing balms are the perfect first step cleanse in your pm cleansing routine or your am cleanse. These products are designed to be used as the first step in your double cleansing routine, followed by your skin-specific cleanser treatment for your specific skin type.
  1. Kind to skin 
    Unlike surfactant-based cleansers (those which foam up), cleansing balms are non-irritating and won’t dry out your skin, compromise its moisture barrier, or disrupt its pH balance.
  1. Moisturising properties 
    Since they’re packed with oils, balm cleansers are incredibly nourishing and moisturising, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Cleansing balms effectively remove traces of sunscreen, make-up, pollution and impurities without stripping natural oils. Balms also leave skin feeling soft and supple after cleansing.
  1. Mess-free 
    Unlike cleansing oils which tend to be thin and runny in texture (and can end up all down your arms and over your bathroom!), balm cleansers are much less messy, so product doesn’t get wasted. 

Added benefits of using the SKINICIAN cleansing balm are that even the most sensitive skins can use this balm and unlike many other highly perfumed balms, this can be used to remove the most stubborn of eye makeup!

Texture of SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balm and Skin Types:

Can acne-prone skin use cleansing balm?

If you have acne-prone skin, choosing the best cleansing balm is important. Our Cleansing Balm has been designed as the first step in your cleansing routine to effectively melt away dirt, oil and makeup. We have also formulated our Cleansing Balm with natural oils such as jojoba oil and almond oil to effectively melt sebum and soothe breakouts and leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed. For those with acne-prone skin, we then recommend a second cleanse with our Purifying Cleansing Gel

I have dry or dehydrated skin. Can I use this cleansing balm?

Our nourishing cleansing balm offers a potent blend of natural oils great for those with a dry skin type or dehydrated skin to leave you with hydrated, glowing skin. 

Is cleansing balm suitable for sensitive skin? 
Yes, our Cleansing Balm is formulated with avocado oil which helps to soothe and calm sensitive skin whilst repairing the skin barrier and almond oil, an anti-inflammatory with healing properties. 

How to use cleansing balm?

Follow the steps below for your most glowing, hydrated skin yet:

  1. Use a spatula to dispense into palm of hand and apply generously to face, eye and neck area, cleansing in circular movements for 30 seconds.
  2. Add water to fingertips and massage further, watching make-up & impurities melt away.
  3. Rinse with tepid water and a cloth to remove. If using a cloth, drape over your face and leave for a moment for the steam to open your pores. Take deep breaths and let the steam and scent of your cleansing balm relax you.
  4. If you’ve been wearing makeup, you may need to resoak and repeat this step. 
  5. Follow with the chosen SKINICIAN cleanser for a double cleanse.

Woman applying SKINICIAN Cleansing Balm

Products to use before and after balm?

Suggested AM Routine:
Step 1: Cleansing Balm
Step 2: Toner
Step 3: Eye Cream
Step 4: Vitamin C
Step 5: Day Moisturiser with SPF

Suggested PM Routine:
Step 1: Cleansing Balm
Step 2: SKINICIAN Purifying Cleansing Gel, Revitalising Cleanser or Enzyme Cleanser
Step 3:Toner
Step 4: Eye Cream
Step 5: Serum/Retinol
Step 6: Night Moisturiser

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