Are you confident that your nightly skincare routine cleanses your face thoroughly?
With all the scrubs, foams, gels, and face serum for women available out there, you are spoilt for choice. But if you’re suffering from dull skin, acne breakouts, or signs of aging, maybe it’s time to review the cleansing products you’re using.
When you regularly wear makeup, or if you have naturally dry skin, you might want to consider using a cleansing balm and adopting a double cleansing regimen.
What is Double Cleansing?
As the term suggests, double cleansing is a two-step process of thoroughly cleaning your face at the end of the day.
The first step involves a cleansing balm to remove makeup, dirt, sweat, and sebum from the skin’s surface. This is followed by a deeper cleaning of the pores using a water-based cleanser according to your skin type.
A double-cleansing night routine uses the cleansing balm to allow your deep-cleaning product to penetrate deeper and dig up all impurities lurking beneath the façade of your skin. It is especially helpful when you’re applying a cleanser for acne prone skin because dirt that stays in your pores can cause breakouts.
Cleansing Balm: The First in Your 2-Step Skincare Routine
A cleansing balm usually comes in a solid or butter form. It warms up and melts on the skin or in warm water upon contact, transforming into a thick liquid. The main ingredients of a cleansing balm are oils and emollients. These are essential to your facial cleansing regimen for three reasons:
- Your skin needs powerful substances to sweep up all the dust, pollution, sweat, and grime accumulated throughout the day. Oils also effectively yet gently remove makeup, and emollients are soothing to the skin.
- They nourish your skin without drying, which is a great way to hydrate dry skin.
- And they work even for oily skin without leaving a sticky residue.
Benefits of Adding Cleansing Balm to Facial Skin Care
Just to be clear: Cleansing oils are just as effective as their balm counterparts. However, they can be messy to use. Due to their thin constitution, they are apt to run down your arms and splatter on your bathroom sink or floor. You then end up wasting as much as half of the product you bought.
Cleansing balms, just like the oil version, can break down the most stubborn types of dirt. They can melt away all kinds of makeup, including waterproof ones. Even the SPF, which has settled snugly on your skin, binds to the balm’s oils.
And speaking of those oils, you have a wide array of options depending on your preference. Some examples are coconut, sunflower seed, ginger root, moringa seed, lime, bergamot fruit, and orange peel. All these make your skin softer and smoother, thanks to their moisturizing and nourishing properties.
Besides, cleansing balms are gentler on the skin compared to cleansers that contain surfactants which are responsible for their foaming feature. When you use a cleansing balm, you can be assured that your skin’s moisture is kept intact, and its pH is maintained at an optimal level.
How to Use a Cleansing Balm
As mentioned above, a cleansing balm should be the first step in your nighttime regimen. Don’t worry, it takes just a few minutes.
For starters, make sure that your hands and face are dry, but your hands should be very clean. Next, follow these simple steps:
- Dip your fingers inside the jar and lift just enough to cover your face. Rub the balm between your fingers to warm it up.
- When the balm starts to melt, apply it evenly to your entire face. Gently massage it into your skin with circular movements for about one minute. If you’re wearing eye makeup, do the same on your eye area.
- Wet a clean washcloth with warm water, making sure it’s not dripping. Drape the cloth over your face and leave it there for a few seconds.
- Remove the cloth and use it to gently wipe away the cleansing balm. If you’re wearing makeup, rinse the cloth, dip it again in the warm water, and wipe your face one more time. This ensures you’ve taken out all the remnants.
- Enjoy the relief of your pores being able to breathe!
Now you can resume your regular facial cleansing routine using your go-to cleanser.
The skin is your body’s frontliner protecting you from environmental stressors. It deserves pampering at night. An extra few minute in your skincare routine won’t hurt. Using a cleansing balm will fortify your facial skin so it can combat damage from pollution, UV rays, dead skin cells, and excess oils.