Tested: Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

January 18, 2016
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm Review

Cleansing balms are the best. We are so lucky to be alive in this magical age where we don’t have to dry our faces out with foamy soaps but can instead look after our skin with oils and balms.

Good times, people. Good times.

So let’s talk about my number one, shall we? The amazing, the magnificent: Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

For me, this balm is the absolute Holy Grail of all balms. It’s the one I reach for at least once a day, when my skin needs some TLC, to remove the heaviest waterproof eye makeup. I know so many worship at the altar of Emma Hardie Moringa Balm; don’t get me wrong, this is also a lovely product that I really enjoy using. But I hate that the texture of Emma Hardie goes somewhat grainy near the end and it seems to gloop and separate when the weather gets a bit warmer. Do not like.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is the one product that I have bought over and over again, and why not at such a reasonable price point of £22 (currently £19.80 at Look Fantastic).

It’s a solid balm that transforms into an oil upon skin contact – it’s fragrance-free, free of mineral oil and ophthalmologist so it’s suitable for the sensitive of skins and eyes.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm Review

This balm is perfect for massage which is something I’m a big believer in: I like to give my face a quick massage every morning (depending on how late I am for the school run, obvs) and a couple of times a week use an oil for a lymphatic drainage massage, which is a technique my friend Phoebe recommended to me. Though time-consuming this has really helped with the puffiness of my face, particularly this weekend where an allergic reaction left me with swollen eyes on the same day as a date. Antihistamines + lymphatic massage = puffiness gone. Have a look at this YouTube tutorial for lymphatic drainage massage ideas, or here for more general massage techniques.

Clinique’s Take The Day Off isn’t a sexy balm, like the incredibly luxurious Elemis Pro-Collagen cleanser. This is functional, fast and does what is says on the tin. Cleanses like a dream with no faff or fuss. I like to use it as my first cleanse in the evening – it gets through layers of makeup, including waterproof mascara, and hefty SPF – or as my morning cleanse. As always I clean it off my face with a clean flannel which I then chuck in the wash with some Napisan afterwards.

I’d recommend this to anyone – even my mum who has the most sensitive of skins so she’s used to cleaning with aqueous cream. It’s bloody brilliant.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, £22.00 RRP but currently £19.80 at Look Fantastic. 

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  • Reply Karen January 18, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Unfortunately this product, Clinique Take The Day Off, contains Microbeads.

    Scientific research shows that plastic microbeads, found in cosmetic and personal care products, are polluting the oceans and causing long- term health risks for both aquatic life and people.

    It’s literally food for thought. Knowing this why would anyone choose such a product?

    • Reply alice January 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Are you sure of this? I’m quite certain this product – which is non-exfoliating and turns to an oil upon contact with the skin – does not contain microbeads. It is a definite wax texture changing to liquid when warm. There’s certainly no tangible beads and, as is my understanding, you can feel even the smallest of microbeads with your fingers.
      I searched a couple of lists and this product is not on them. I make efforts to buy products that do not contain microbeads because of the reasons you’ve listed above.

      • Reply Karen January 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        I’m pretty sure. I’ve recently been reading a fair bit about them as the WI are currently proposing this, amongst 7 other campaigns, as our resolution for this year. That and the fact that I work for an environmental agency who are campaigning against the use of them.

        Have a look at this link scroll down to view the facial cleanser section.

        I’d be delighted if it were the case that they’re not in the product and am aware of how conscientious you are.

        • Reply alice January 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm

          Hi Karen,
          I’ve spoken to Clinique this afternoon as I’d be wary of using a product with microbeads – they have confirmed it does not have them in the product :) I’m glad to see legislation is going the way of banning them, also! I always think Burts Bees have some great products that are fab natural alternatives.

          • Karen January 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm

            Umm this is interesting.

            I too have contacted Clinique and they’ve confirmed, via email, that Take The Day Off cleansing balm does indeed contain polyethylene. Perhaps I’ve completely misunderstood the ingredient(s) that goes into microbeads.

            Hey ho as with everything we can decide what we use and if we wish to be as ethical as we possibly can. I suppose it all comes down to personal choice.

    • Reply Lizzi January 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Karen

      As a long term user of this product, I can confirm that it does not contain any micro beads. It does, however, contain poly-ethylene (as part of the base of the product) in semi solid form. This does not cause the same issues as poly-ethylene beads in most facial scrubs to which the article refers.
      Hope that helps X

      • Reply alice January 18, 2016 at 7:39 pm

        Way more articulate than me after my day of research ;) Thanks Lizzi!! x

      • Reply Karen January 18, 2016 at 10:13 pm

        Oh my word, and this will be my final contribution.

        If you have been using this product for a while or choose to now as a result of this Blog that is your choice. You are making your own decisions. If you are happy to be using Polyethylene (a plastic) on your body then rinsing the excess off to enter our waters that is your decision. For me it’s not even something I’d consider, my decision.

        I’ll just leave you with two links, take from them what you will. (Please watch it all to keep it in context but pay particular attention to what is said around 2.12)

        I live in hope that changes to our law in the UK happen sooner rather than later.

        My final thought is should I now do a lesson plan on this topic – me, my job, I teach environmental science. Oh the irony!

  • Reply Lia January 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I love the sound of this – eye make-up being my biggest pain. Just when I think i’ve got it all off, 10 minutes later, I look like a panda again. As a side note, I looked on a couple of reliable websites about which products contain microbeads, and not one of them listed this product, so i’m pretty confident i’ll be picking some up tomorrow :)

    • Reply alice January 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Ahh that panda look… I”m sure it’s going to come back into fashion soon! I just checked re: microbeads with Clinique and they told me they aren’t in this product so we can proceed in good conscience :)

  • Reply Molly January 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve never tried this one but I’m a big fan of the Emma Hardie so will definitely be trying out this one. And it’s cheaper! My face really needs some love at the moment. January does not like my face. x

  • Reply Eleanor (TheBristolParent) January 18, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    OK, OK, you’ve convinced me to try it, I love your reviews! I did find the microbeads thread very interesting, because I have been avoiding products with them in ever since I read about the damage they can do.

  • Reply Jess @ Along Came Cherry January 19, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Ooh this sounds amazing! I have terrible skin and never know what to use on it, I don’t want to spend a fortune either but this is such a good price so will def be giving it a go x

  • Reply Bryony January 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Why do you always make me want to spend money on stuff for my face! This sounds amazing, there’s nothing more satisfying than having a really clean face! x

  • Reply Adele January 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Having oily skin, prone to breakouts, I was always under the impression that I needed to dry out my skin with a foamy soap but I made the switch to balms some time last year and the rebalance has been incredible. A real aha moment.

  • Reply Lori January 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I NEED this, you’re definitelt making me splash out this month on skincare ;) I love clinique and think i saw my mum using it when i was a kid and the brand stuck. x

  • Reply Kathryn January 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I used to use the Eve Lom balm cleanser which was great. Not sure why I stopped using that, probably felt it was too expensive once I started having kids and had other things to worry about. This sounds like a really good and cheaper alternative. Love cleansers that take your eye-makeup off at the same time! xx

  • Reply Laura January 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    My mother swears by Clinique and for her age she has amazing skin and it’s so good to read how this is a “must have” for you as I feel like I am ready to start investing more in my skin and finding daily products to use and stick too

    Laura x

  • Reply Grace September 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm
    Unfortunately, the product does contain microbeads. Please visit the link above.

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