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.
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.
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.
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.