Our skin, come rain or shine, endures a bit of a battering from day to day. Whether it’s our makeup, sweat, dirt, the weather or the occasional pollutant – it’s safe to say our faces go through it. And when it comes to washing all of that off at the end of the day, you want something that is soothing, kind to your skin and hardworking – to well and truly get rid of the grime and the grease that has accumulated.
Whilst harsher cleansers might help to get rid of things on the surface, a lot of products (some wipes included) are actually quite abrasive on the skin, leading to mini scratches on our skins’ surface; leaving us more susceptible to bacteria. They also tend to dry skin out which isn’t good for its own set of reasons – especially during the winter months, ouch.
Although there are a number of cleansers on the market that leave skin silky smooth and well hydrated, like this Medik8 gentle mousse cleanser, going for a balm that uses oils and emollients to melts away the remains of the day will not only clean your skin and rid it of dirt but will nourish it too. Luckily there’s plenty of good options to choose from including bestsellers and viral extravaganzas from Elemis to Drunk Elephant
You can go straight to the brand itself, but we recommend checking our deals on Amazon as well as beauty retailers like Look Fantastic and Cult Beauty, whose epic sales are still on.
Without further ado, we’ve listed some of the best cleansing balms to make you feel like you’re giving yourself an at home facial.
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Best Cleansing Balms 2024
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Blending luxurious waxes with super ingredients like elderberry and starflower oils, this intensely cleansing balm from Elemis is a three-in-one formula nourishes the skin before melting away impurities as an oil and finally hydrating as a cleansing milk. Packed with nine essential oils including lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus, this balm not only cleanses your skin of make-up, but it’s ingredients help to improve the look of skin elasticity whilst smelling absolutely divine.
Using wet fingertips, massage the balm into skin using circular motions to melt makeup away. Look forward to hydrated skin that naturally glows. Plus, with a little going a long way, this balm will last you a while.
Price: £49, Look Fantastic – buy here now
The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm
For a budget cleanser that visibly melts off make-up and soothes your skin, The INKEY List’s award-winning and best-selling cleansing balm is beloved by skincare buffs for both its price, deeply nourishing cleansing and multi-use properties. With 3% oat kernel oil and 1% colloidal oatmeal, the balm soothes redness and protects the skin’s moisture barrier sand can be used as a cleanser or as a ten-minute mask.
One TikTok skincare influencer, Graces.Faces, raves about this affordable cleansing balm and says: “It literally dissolves the make-up so gently but still nourishes the skin at the same time. It’s great for sensitive and acne-prone skin, like mine. Another thing I love about this cleansing balm is it’s got colloidal oatmeal and ceramides in so not only is it fab for your skin and it really hydrates it as you’re removing your make-up, but you can also use it as a mask as well and leave it on.”
Price: £11.99, LookFantastic – buy here now
Coco & Eve’s Double Cleansing set
Okay, this set is more of an oil, but the benefits and consistencies remain very similar. Formulated to remove makeup and impurities, this glow-inducing double-cleansing duo leaves your skin radiant and refreshed thanks to its vitamin C and E rich ingredients like Dragon Fruit Seed, coconut oil and Salicylic Acid. The formula – which also includes prebiotics, papaya enzymes, PHAs and botanicals – aims to balance your skin’s microbiome while fortifying the skin barrier as well as refining your pores, exfoliating and keeping your skin hydrated for a gorgeous, natural glow. After trying it for ourselves, we loved this cleanser for its nourishing and illuminating properties – have a read of what we thought here.
Price: £42, Coco & Eve – buy here now
Eve Lom Cleanser
Okay, this particular cleanser is on the more expensive side coming in at £95 but it’s a best-selling formula for a reason – its results are incredible. Designed to nourish and gently exfoliate the skin while removing your day’s make-up, Eve Lom’s cleanser – which was one of the first cleansing balms on the market having been developed in 1986 – is packed with ingredients like clove, eucalyptus and hops oil work to cleanse, tone and exfoliate dull and dry skin while chamomile and cocoa butter give it some nourishing TLC. The balm comes with two cotton muslin cloths with which to take the product off without drying out the skin. Plus, it smells divine.
To be used morning and night, massage the cleanser onto the face and neck and wipe off with a branded muslin cloth. For even better results, use the Eve Lom signature lumphatic massage technique “to promote exceptionally smooth, radiant skin”.
Some beauty buffs even claim it has “completely changed my skin” with one shopper citing: “This is amazing takes off all my makeup and leaves skin feeling so clean and soft. I love the texture a little bit goes a long way. Has completely changed my skin.”
Price: £95, Lookfantastic – buy here now
Augustinus Bader The Cleansing Balm
Developped by world-leading expert in stem cell research Professor Augustinus Bader, this cleansing balm has been scientifically concocted to deliver skincare that’ll transform your complexion. This cleanser uses a patented Trigger Factor Complex – known as TFC8 – which is designed to help visibly reduce the signs of ageing and environmental stressors to leave your skin regenerated and glowing.
Transforming from a balm to a milk, it works to eliminate make-up and oil by dissolving it and decongests your complexion to leave your skin clean and nourished. The buttery texture provides cells with nutrients and vitamins with ingredients like avocado-olive fruit oil complex, conditioning squalane and vitamin E. Great for those with sensitive skin, the balm comes fragrance free. Simply wipe away with a cotton muslin cloth for exfoliation and a bright result.
Price: £62, Cult Beauty –buy here now
e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
There is a reason this product has received over 2,000 five star reviews on Boots’ website and has left shoppers shocked at its impressive results. The 2-in-1 make-up remover and cleanser instantly melts stubborn make-up away whilst nourishing and ridding your skin of impurities and oil. Like many other balms, this transforms into a luxurious oil then a nourish milk that is easy to wipe off. With hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides, it leaves your skin hydrated and moisturised.
One shopper wrote: “Ok I am shocked this removes everything even my mascara that won’t ever budge so I’m so glad and this balm just melttssss even if it’s so cold especially in London.”
Price: £11, Boots – buy here now
The Beauty Crop X Graces Faces Cleansing Balm
Developed by skinfluencer Graces Faces, this anti-oxidant rich textured cleansing balm turns into an oil-like product as you massage it into your skin to easily melt and breakdown make-up. Emulsifying into a hydrating cleansing milk at the final stage, your skin is left “clean, calm and refreshed” thanks to ingredients that include camellia, geranium, castor and tamanu oil.
Price: £12, Beauty Bay – buy here now
Glow Hub Calming Hemp & Jojoba Gel To Oil Cleanser
It’s not exactly a balm, more a thicker gel – but we love it so much it was worth the mention for removing makeup, dirts and impurities.
With a unique gel to oil formula, this nourishing, gentle cleanser leaves skin fresh and clean without stripping your natural oils.
The formula is enriched with a powerful blend of hydrating hemp, jojoba and glycerine for that effortless glow.
Price: £12, ASOS – buy here now
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
A little goes a long way with this hero product from Clinique.
The balm effortlessly sweeps away makeup, dirt, oil and will even remove heavy SPF serums and creams too. The result is a supple feeling face that’s deeply cleansed and nourished.
Price: £26.99, Amazon – buy here now
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
Another skincare product with a legion of fans across the beauty world. The makeup Melting Butter Cleanser from Drunk Elephant has a luxurious feel for a fraction of the price of some competitors.
It’s packed with a number of antioxidants and fruit extracts to remove excess oils and dirt. The addition of natural oils helps to keep skins elasticity and leave you looking dewy and fabulous.
Price: £34, Cult Beauty – buy here now
Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm
Vegan, cruelty free and boasting a lot of kind to skin ingredients to cleanse skin without drying it out.
Versed’s clever balm to milk cleanser gently removes dirt, makeup and impurities without leaving behind a film or residue, the addition of vitamin E adds that little boost of nourishment the skin needs.
Price: £11, Boots – buy here now
Bobbi Brown Extra Cleansing balm
This nourishing and super rich formula from Bobbi Brown conditions and purifies skin, whilst leaving it free from everything. Skin feels super silky afterwards and a little goes a long way, so it should last the test of time too. With ingredients like orange oil, olive extract and glycerin, your skin will be left plump, hydrated and nourished whilst smelling like a spa thanks to its citrus scent.
Price: £40, Bobbi Brown – buy here now
The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser
Antioxidant rich, with a number of extracts and botanicals to cleanse, soothe and nourish skin.
Its aromatic, balmy formula melts onto the skin to effortlessly remove eye and face makeup, while extract of carrot, rosemary, and calendula soften and balance your complexion. Your skin will not only be left glowing but soothed and supple too.
Price: £43, The Organic Pharmacy – buy here now
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