Megan is a dedicated double cleanser while I barely brush my teeth before climbing into bed each night. The whole cleansing and re-cleansing my face is just too much for this lazy girl, especially when self-care often falls to the bottom of my priority list. But then, in my favorite product swap group, I got my hands on Korean cleansing balm called Heimish All Clean Balm and now I’m running upstairs to kick off my nighttime routine. So what’s a cleansing balm, how is it different, and are they worth the hype?
A cleansing balm is a thick, creamy cleanser that removes dirt, makeup, and excess sebum on the skin all the while helping to retain the skin’s natural moisture. Read more about cleansing balms here. I apply the balm to dry skin and massage all over my face, neck and décolleté then remove with warm water. Some nights I’ll go back with my favorite AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser for a second cleanse and follow with a serum and night cream. Do I know for sure this is the proper routine? No. But I am beginning to enjoy the ritual of it.
I was surprised to see a full size Heimish All Clean Balm available in the swap group. The previous owner found the scent too overwhelming but I don’t mind the natural, herbal scent at all. As for its effectiveness, I find it takes off even my most stubborn waterproof mascara.
Right after I received the Heimish, my local Planet Beauty store had (affiliate links) Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm for less than $30 (regularly $75). Megan had reviewed several Rodial products a few months back so I jumped on the deal. For someone who couldn’t muster the energy to wash their face at all, now owns two cleansing balms.
Believe the hype! I’m definitely into cleansing balms. I love how well it removes everything but it also makes my skin baby smooth and hydrated.
What’s your nighttime routine look like? Are you into cleansing oils or balms? Serums and Retinols? Leave us a comment.