8 cleansing balms to try during transitional weather

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If you haven’t yet used a cleansing balm as part of your PM routine, you are missing out on an understated hero product. It’s perhaps the easiest way to remove makeup and grime off your skin without stripping it of the natural oils. Most balms come packed with antioxidants that help hydrate and soothe the skin. While your face is being deep cleansed, it is also tenderly replenished. And, if you have sensitive skin that veers from combination to dry, we recommend you include the cleansing balms in your skincare inventory, especially during transitional weather. For best results, massage your face mindfully in small circular motions.


“Balms are fantastic for removing heavy makeup (including waterproof versions) and breaking down stubbornly placed sunscreen. Unlike surfactant-based cleansers (those that foam), cleansing balms are non-irritating and won’t dry up your skin, weaken its moisture barrier, or change its ph,” says Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, celebrity dermatologist and founder ISAAC Luxe. For a soothing and effective solution, Dr Gupta recommends searching for balms that contain plant-derived surfactants alongside nourishing oils and butter. “Manuka honey, coconut and sunflower seed oil are wonderful substances that nourish the skin thanks to their antioxidant-rich nature,” she adds.

Ahead, read through our list to pick the best for your skin.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

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This cult-favourite non-greasy cleansing balm should be a staple on your dresser. Post massage you’ll find the formula turning into oil, melting the most stubborn of matte lipsticks and long-lasting eye makeup.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

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Looking for a formula that removes all makeup, grime, and pollution traces? Try this Elemis balm. Enriched with optimega oils, lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus it hydrates and soothes minor inflammations.

Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm

8 cleansing balms to try during transitional weather  

The first part of the double cleanse regime, Dermalogica Precleanse balm-to-oil classic, melts away layers of excess sebum and waterproof makeup from the skin. And, it’s safe to use around the eyes.

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm

8 cleansing balms to try during transitional weather

With the brand’s iconic immortelle flower as the lead ingredient, beyond cleansing it also strengthens the skin. This formulation is free of toxic ingredients like alcohol, paraben, SLS and mineral oils, too.

Aminu Melting Balm Cleanser

8 cleansing balms to try during transitional weather  

Designed to promote a healthy skin barrier and improve elasticity, this balm is an all-rounder. Its distinct herbaceous aroma is thanks to a potent cocktail of manuka oil, vitamins and enzyme oils.

Plum E-Luminence Simply Supple Cleansing Balm

8 cleansing balms to try during transitional weather  

Enriched with kokum and shea butter, this Plum pot is ideal for those on the fence about double-cleansing. It’s affordable, and its vitamin-rich formula cleanses your face without stripping it of the natural oils.

Quench Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Cleansing Balm

8 cleansing balms to try during transitional weather  

Formulated with cherry blossom extracts that help brighten the skin and grapefruit (a natural source of salicylic acid) it helps exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. What’s even better? It leaves a radiant glow and supple skin.

Heimish All Clean Balm

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This comes with a steady fan-following, and once you use the product, you know why. Its balm-to-oil texture becomes milky while rinsing and effortlessly removes makeup in one easy rub. Shea butter, citrus herb oil, and coconut extracts help hydrate, soothe and soften skin.

This article first appeared in Vogue


  • Aparrna Gupta

    Transitioning from crafting stories for The Asian Age and Bombay Times to setting beauty trends in Verve, Aparrna Gupta’s journey has always revolved around resonant storytelling. Her prowess in content creation is unparalleled, with articles featured in renowned publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel India, Lifestyle Asia, Elle, and Femina. She also excels in content ideation, trend identification, mood board creation, and product styling. Her expertise has proven invaluable to homegrown brands, enabling them to authentically connect with their audience.

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