Save, spend, splurge: gel/balm cleansers

It may be strange but cleansing is one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine. There’s something so gratifying about seeing all of the makeup come off, leaving clean skin behind. I’ve double-cleansed for ages, because it seemed logical to take my makeup off and then cleanse my actual skin, and then it became ‘the thing’ in skincare and I was ahead of the curve for possibly the first time ever. Go me, etc.

I like oily balm cleansers that you can really massage around, and generally have three or four on the go at any one time (yeah…I know, I might have a cleanser problem). My all-time favourite is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which has a buttery texture that melts into an oil almost immediately and is really easy to work into the skin. This isn’t the best texture for a heat wave though, so the three I’m talking about here are all less prone to melting and almost impossible to spill as they’re either in a tube or a pump.

Starting with the save option, the Botanics Hydration Burst Dual-Action cleanser is such a good buy. It feels rich but light on the skin, and you have to give it a good rub to turn it from a gel into an oil, which makes you give yourself a massage whether you meant to or not. The scent is wholly inoffensive and whilst I wouldn’t say that it hydrates, it leaves the skin feeling clean but not tight. It’s usually £5.99 for 125ml but is currently available for a only 399 of your pennies.

In the middle is the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm*. I’ll come right out and say that I’m not a fan of the scent, but I’m definitely in the minority, as most people seem to love it. I do really like the formula though, which is similar to the Botanics but feels slightly more nourishing. It contains the omega-rich Echium oil also found in the Iconic Youth serum, and washes off really easily leaving the skin super soft. It’s £16.50 for 100ml.

Finally, the splurge is my beloved Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I’ve loved it for years and still think it’s marvellous. It smells fabulous – like Turkish Delight – and is the quickest to turn into an oil when it hits the face. The pumpkin enzymes nibble away at any dead skin cells as you rub it in, and my skin always so soft and smooth when I’ve used it. It’s a spendier £29.50 for 100ml but worth every penny.

What are your favourite balm cleansers? Have you tried any of these?

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