Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Face Wash with Face Balm

The key to hydration all winter long.
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It's hard to believe there was once a time when I would fall asleep with a full face of makeup on. Now, I'm deathly afraid of doing so, to the point where I will head to the bathroom to follow my whole skincare routine, even after a few drinks or a long day. 

Cleansing your skin is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. During the night, our skin goes through the crucial regenerative processes that makeup impedes. By leaving your mascara and foundation on, your skin isn't able to properly shed dead skin cells, thus leaving you with a duller complexion over time. Additionally, makeup and dirt (from being outside in pollution) clogs pores, making breakouts inevitable.  

For years, I've stayed true to my Glossier addiction and sworn by my Milky Jelly Cleanser for daily cleansing. However, after a few nights of heavily glittered lids, I found myself having to find a stronger makeup remover. Enter: Cleansing balm. 

Cleansing balms are products made of oil that remove dirt while also moisturizing and protecting your skin's barrier. So often, makeup remover can leave your skin feeling dehydrated. Instead, the balm leaves your face feeling as if you just had a facial. 

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Recently, I've been reaching for my favorite balm—the Goop Luminous Melting Cleanser. At $90, it is certainly an investment, but I've never found another product that moisturizes as much as it cleanses. As we enter the dry winter in L.A. (and experience an even drier winter back East, where I'll return for the holidays), this balm has been saving my skin's texture and glow. To use it, I grab the small applicator that comes with it and scrape a quarter-sized amount from the jar. After placing it directly on my dry face, I rub the balm in to release the oil. Within seconds, all my makeup is completely removed, without any "stinging" or residue redness. I then wipe my face with a wet cloth, and my face is left completely bare and hydrated. 

For comparison, I used Glossier's face wash (which is one of the best on the market) on the same products and, after double cleansing, still had lackluster results. 

For comparison, I used Glossier's face wash (which is one of the best on the market) on the same products and, after double cleansing, still had lackluster results. 

While I do believe you get what you pay for with this product (it's 75% organic content and smells distinctly botanical), there are so many great options on the market at all prices: 

E.L.F. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser: Sulfate and paraben-free, this balm works into a lather on your face to fully remove dirt and grime. Plus, it's only $10! 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm: If anti-aging and line reduction is your goal, this is a great option. The high-performing ingredients in the balm leave almost a serum on your face to promote a healthier, fuller complexion.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: My best friend uses this balm, and I've been known to steal a swipe or two when I'm visiting. Like most Clinique products, the balm is efficient and inoffensive. Plus, it comes in a "solid to oil to milk" form that is better suited for people with oily skin. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm: I've seen influencer Chriselle Lim use this, and, needless to say, she has flawless skin. This collagen-boosting balm leaves a slight residue on your face to encourage hydration and anti-aging, even after you're done with your skincare. 

Left: Full makeup (liner, glitter, foundation), Right: Bare face after one 1-minute balm cleanse

Left: Full makeup (liner, glitter, foundation), Right: Bare face after one 1-minute balm cleanse

What's your favorite way to remove makeup? Is there anything new I should try? Let me know in the comments x

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