I'm often asked if Tri-Balm really can cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise in one. The answer is definitely 'yes'. Read on to find out how it works…
It's no secret that I'm a fan of multi-function beauty products. Be it double or triple-duty make-up - who doesn't love a cream blusher that can also be used as a liptint – or a hairstyling spritz that boosts volume and protects from heat damage - I'm devoted to versatility. As a make-up artist and facialist, I am inundated daily with gazillions of products to road-test, so when it comes to my own beauty routine, what I really crave is simplicity and minimalism. A beauty staple that has multiple benefits – and uses – is my desert-island must-have. And that was the thinking behind my first multi-function skincare product – Tri-Balm. I wanted something I could throw in my bag when I'm on the go, and that would cleanse, moisturise and exfoliate in-one. I also wanted a product that reflected the skin's own ability to multi-task. Not only it regulate temperature, it also prevents moisture loss, protects cells from environmental damage and provides support for all our internal organs. It made perfect sense to create a product that is also multi-functional, just like our skin.
Queen of Multi-Tasking
Multi-function skincare isn't just a 21st Century invention. It's been around since ancient Egyptian times, and guess what? Cleopatra was the original pioneer. The ancient Egyptian ruler, whose beguiling looks were the stuff of legend, wasn't just a dab hand with kohl eyeliner; she used henna to colour her nails and cochineal made from crushed beetles to stain her lips. But it's her penchant for one of the earliest forms of multi-function skincare that I'm most interested in. Rumour has it that Cleo, and her ancient Egyptian peers, loved nothing better than to bathe in ass's milk. She obviously knew a thing or two about the benefits of multi-tasking, since milk is stuffed full of therapeutic skin-enhancing vitamins and minerals. For starters, milk is rich in lactic acid, a gentle exfoliant. Then there's Vitamin A to combat dry and flaky skin, Vitamin B12, an effective treatment for uneven skin pigmentation, and the hydrating mineral Potassium. Who would have thought that such a humble staple could deliver so many skin benefits?
Milk may well have been the beauty do-it-all of the past, but let's fast forward to the 21st Century. Tri-Balm has been specifically formulated with natural ingredients that are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and extracts that all work together to deliver three main benefits – cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising skin in one fell swoop. So, yes. One product can do more than one thing! Firstly, Tri-Balm works as a cleanser. We've used beeswax which helps to remove impurities without clogging pores or irritating the skin. Formed almost entirely of beneficial fatty acids, beeswax is also a natural humectant, attracting water to the skin and keeping it moisturised – another of Tri-Balm's multi-functional benefits.
In addition to cleansing, Tri-Balm gently exfoliates. We've used pumpkin seed enzyme which works gently to 'dissolve' dead skin cells, unlike an abrasive grainy or 'physical' scrub. Pumpkin seeds are rich in proteolytic enzymes which also help to speed up cell renewal, skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and antioxidant vitamin A and vitamin C, which soften and brighten skin too.
While pumpkin seed enzyme is working its magic, another of Tri-Balm's cocktail of ingredients is delivering moisture. Our formula contains sodium hyaluronate, a water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid, one of the most effective skin hydrators. Naturally present in skin, it helps to keep skin plump and radiant. Hyaluronic acid has earned the reputation of being a 'super-moisturiser' as it can retain over 1000 times its weight in water. We've also used Carrot Tissue oil which is not only incredibly moisturising, but it also contains Vitamin A which boosts cellular renewal. So rest-assured. When you tissue-off or rinse away Tri-Balm, you are only removing the excess product (and any traces of make-ip and grime), not the moisturisation. That's because the hyaluronic acid and carrot tissue oil have already delivered the moisture to the skin.
So there you have it. One product, three functions, multiple benefits – and less space taken up in your wash bag or on your bathroom shelf. That Cleopatra was on to a good thing!