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Wipe On, Wipe Off: How to Suss Out the Best Balm Cleanser for Your Skin

Wax on, wax off, a la Karate Kid

There are heaps of reasons to switch out your micellar water for balm cleanser. One, it combines the best elements of the two products you use to clean your face every night — it’s an emollient that contains all the ingredients of your cleansing oils or makeup remover but hydrates your skin and nourishes it simultaneously. Plus, if you’re one of those actually doesn’t like washing your face, several of the following require no water. Massage on, wipe away, and let the leftover goodness soak in, leaving your skin feeling and looking even more plump and hydrated.

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For heavy makeup: Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
Drunk Elephant’s latest Slaai breaks down even the toughest of mascara that feel like they’re been surgically coated on. Make sure you massage with dry hands and work the product into your skin to get rid of the makeup and grime from your day. You need more than just your hands and water to wash this away though — a washcloth helps heaps, and you may need to do it twice For a luxurious multi-tasker: Soveral Angel Balm Deep Pore Cleanser and Regenerative Mask
Easily the best balm our writer’s ever used, Soveral’s superstar product is absolutely divine. Not only is it natural and organic, it can be used as a cleanser, a mask, a lip balm or a salve for problem areas. The Rose Geranium essential oil preserves suppleness and prevent dry skin and makes you feel like you’re indulging in a skin treat that sets the tone for the evening. For your first balm ever: PIXI Nourishing Cleansing Balm
If you’re skeptical about using a balm to clean your face, PIXI’s will welcome you with wide open arms. At a price that won’t have you breaking open your piggy bank, PIXI melts makeup relatively effectively. You may find that it works best when you leave it on for longer — try applying as you get into the shower, and wipe it off with the damp cloth when you get out of the shower! For heavy eye makeup users: OMOROVICZA Thermal Cleansing Balm
If you’re looking for something that sweeps your dark smokey eyes off your face at the end of the night, OMOROVICZA’s Thermal Cleansing Balm deserves a spot on your bathroom counter. It costs a pretty penny but a little goes a long way and it doesn’t irritate the skin, or eyes of even the most sensitive. For oily skin: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Using a balm may be daunting to those who already feel like they’re fighting grease off their face, but Clinique’s lightweight formula that changes from solid to oil to milky balm is the perfect product to test the waters. Clinique’s cleansing balm is also less occlusive than some waxier balms, making it perfect for oiler skin.