The Best Cleansing Balm for Soft, Smooth Skin

It's been a winner of a day. You aced it at work, fulfilled your social calendar duties, and now it's time to leave the day behind and top up on your beauty sleep. You hit the sink to wash away the evidence of the day, but find yourself dreading the next step. You scrub and wipe away at your waterproof mascara and perfectly contoured lines, and start to reveal a layer of red, irritated skin. Why does removing makeup leave you with such rough, aggravated eyes? The truth is, you're doing it wrong. Face, meet cleansing balm. If you are still chucking wipes and taking off layers of skin with your cleansing routine, it's time for an upgrade with a gentler and more environmentally friendly solution. So, what is a cleansing balm and how do you know which one is best?  Follow along with us to discover how you can harness soft and healthy skin with this must-have beauty product.

Why a Balm?

Your look might be on point, but when it comes to your skin health, a breath of fresh air is just what it's craving. From makeup to sunscreen, your makeup remover has a serious job ahead.  After putting so much care into your beautiful face, it doesn't make sense to undo all the moisturizing and smoothing goodness you've perfected by tugging and pulling at your sensitive skin to end the day. Wipes and cleansing pads are doing just this.  When you attack those stubborn areas with a wipe, you're repeatedly stretching and stressing the skin to rub it all away. Not only is this setting you up for premature wrinkles, but it's also a major cause of skin irritation and dryness.  The beauty of a balm is its ability to melt away your makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and environmental pollutions effortlessly without any stretch or scrub in sight. With a gentle, moisturizing ability, you can say goodbye to red, angry eyes and hello to a smooth and soft clean. Beyond the amazing benefits for your skin, you'll also be giving the environment a big, loving hug by ditching a product that is known to contribute an incredible amount of waste to landfills each year. So, if you are pro-save-the-fish, this is the perfect switch!

What to Look for

So, you are ready to make the change and start embracing a solution that's better for your skin and the environment. That's amazing! Now the question is: What should you look for to find the best cleansing balm for your skin? Here are the key points to consider.

Maintain Moisture 

This is one of our favourite benefits of choosing a balm over a drying remover, so it only makes sense to double-check the moisture-preserving ability of a product before you take the plunge. Not all balms are created equally, so it's important to know what will and won't protect your skin's natural moisture.  Many removers will use abrasive agents to attack extra-tough elements like waterproof makeup or built-up sunscreen. The problem with these cleaning agents is that they strip the skin of its natural oils and leave your face in a stressed state. The grace & stella balm, on the other hand, uses cetyl ethylhexanoate to guard your natural oils against being stripped away. Along with synthetic beeswax, your skin will be left in a smooth, moisturized state, rather than red and burning.

Active Antioxidants

There's no doubt that this has been a buzzword in the beauty industry for quite some time. But if you aren't quite sure why you'd want an antioxidant-rich product for your skin, here's a quick summary. Antioxidants are known to reduce the number of free radicals bouncing around in your body. Free radicals are responsible for factors including the appearance of tired and dull skin, dark spots, and ageing skin.  When we look at antioxidants like vitamin E, we discover that they have an amazing ability to support the skin's process to repair itself. In fact, they actually accelerate this process.  Our fragrance-free cleansing balm works double-time to effectively remove makeup while enriching the skin with a blast of vitamin E for enhanced self-repairing skin cells.

Vegan and Cruelty-Free

The beauty industry is savage when it comes to animal testing and sourcing ingredients from unethical practice. It's time to stop contributing to the cycle by supporting brands that aren't taking steps to protect the earth's animals. grace & stella believes in providing an environmentally-responsible and ethically-sourced product that you can be confident in purchasing. The cleansing balm is no exception. Using synthetic beeswax, it delivers all the benefits of fortifying beeswax, without any sacrifice.  This provides you with a 100% vegan and cruelty-free balm that you can feel good about using. Not only will your skin be thanking you, but so will your furry friends.

Lose the Oily Residue

If you've ever used a 2-phase waterproof remover, you know exactly what we are talking about. You swipe away your long-lasting look to unveil a slippery, oil-drenched face. Yuck. Lucky for you, with our cleansing balm, you can dissolve your waterproof lashes without the unappealing after-effect. Our balm utilizes PEG-20 glyceryl isostearate to gently melt away even the toughest makeup and grime without the oily residue.  Simply apply a quarter-sized amount to dry skin using clean, dry fingers. Massage these areas with your gentle fingers and rinse away. Easy as that!  For the best cleaning results, we suggest embracing the double cleansing method and following your gentle remover with our clarifying cleanser. Give your skin the best clean there is and embrace your new radiant and smooth skin.

Pick up Your New Cleaning Balm

Ready to pamper your skin with a new night-time routine? With the know-how to choose the best cleansing balm on the market, we are confident you'll be melting away the day and discovering your best skin in no time. Want to get your hands on this top product? Pick up your balm today and prepare your skin for the best makeup removing experience.   

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