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Double cleansing is the most important step of any skin care routine. If your face isn’t completely free of buildup in grease, dirt and the like, you risk irritating skin or clogging pores. Before washing your face with your main cleanser, start with a cleansing balm.
Cleansing balms feature oil-based formulas that remove a day’s worth of makeup and other impurities. They help get rid of excess sebum, making them ideal for oily or acne-prone skin. Another great thing about cleansing balms is how they effectively remove all traces of dirt without stripping skin of moisture, which makes them perfect for dry or dehydrated skin.
If you haven’t found the right cleansing balm to add to your evening regimen, we’ve rounded up ten of the best ones to try:
For a vegan-friendly cleansing balm, try I’m from’s Fig Cleansing Balm. Formulated with fig oil water, this cleansing balm gently removes any impurities without drying skin. Its sherbet-like texture glides effortlessly across the skin, making your double-cleansing experience more relaxing.
K-Beauty enthusiasts may be familiar with the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm from BANILA CO already. This hypoallergenic cleanser transforms into a silky oil upon application. Packed with papaya and acerola extracts, the cleansing balm gently exfoliates skin and leaves it nourished and brighter after each use.
The Moringa Cleansing Balm from E NATURE is perfect to slather on after a long day. Featuring a blend of birch water and moringa seed, rose of Jericho and iris extracts, this cleansing balm dissolves sunscreen and makeup, and leaves you with a subtle glow. Feel free to massage it into skin a little longer as its soft and refreshing scent should lift your mood.
With key ingredients like shea butter, coconut extract, white flower complex and citrus herb oil, the All Clean Balm from heimish not only clears traces of dirt and makeup but also softens and soothes skin. After rinsing, your skin will feel clean and deeply nourished. This is a great option for sensitive skin.
Does your complexion look dull or lackluster? Beauty of Joseon’s Radiance Cleansing Balm can bring your radiance back! Besides giving skin a deep cleanse, this cleansing balm helps skin retain its moisture, thanks to the rice water and fermented grains in the formula. It’s also infused with chrysanthemum, which is rich in Vitamins A and B, to improve and brighten your skin tone.
If you’re concerned about the impact of pollution on your skin, THANK YOU FARMER has got you covered. The Pollufree TM Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm is packed with the brand’s patented anti-pollution and plant-derived ingredients to purify, nourish and protect skin from environmental stressors. Count on this cleansing balm to melt away impurities without causing moisture loss.
MIZON’s Cicaluronic Cleansing Balm is a must-try, especially if you need a cleansing balm that removes waterproof eyeliner or mascara. You don’t have to worry about it tugging on your skin, thanks to the soft and silky texture. The combination of centella asiatica extract and hyaluronic acid offers a hydrating cleansing experience that also soothes irritated skin.
Want to indulge in a pampering session at home? For a spa-like experience, give BABREA’s Intensive Spa Care Cleansing Balm a go. This luxurious option is jam-packed with natural oils, such as camellia japonica seed oil, that clear grime while being kind to skin, which means no tight or dry feeling afterwards.
For congestion-prone skin, leave it to AROMATICA’s Orange Cleansing Sherbet to get rid of built-up dirt and dead skin cells. Formulated with plant-derived ingredients including canola oil and organic babassu seed oil, this cleansing balm effectively takes off makeup and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.
The last Korean cleansing balm that’s worth trying is the T.E.N. Cremor Eau Thermale Cleansing Balm from CREMORLAB. Upon contact with skin, it immediately turns into light oil. Its key ingredients, including Moroccan lava clay, eucalyptus, K-Herb complex, T.E.N. mineral activator™ and baby amino-sync 37™, work together to deliver a deep cleanse, improve skin texture and leave a healthy, youthful glow.