Clean up with cleansing balms

If you’re a make-up lover, the struggle to take the day off after a big night out is real sometimes, and we’re often guilty of reaching for the face wipes.

But if you're the type of person who doesn't like washing your face, a cleansing balm could be the solution.

Cleansing balms are oil-based cleansers of a thicker, paste-like consistency that do the same work as liquid oil cleansers - they dissolve grime but with less hassle. They typically contain skin-loving essential oils, and plenty of hydrating ingredients. And in cooler temperatures, balm is basically an effective option to remove dirt and oil without overly drying the skin.

Several of the best balms on the beauty shelves require no water, you just massage, wipe away, and allow the leftover goodness to soak in, leaving your skin even more supple.

Simply warm a little (around a coin's worth) on your fingertips, massage into your face, adding a little water if you like, and gently remove with a warm flannel, a mitt or a muslin cloth soaked in warm water, avoiding the eye area.

Follow up with your usual face wash, toner, serum, moisturiser, and whatever else your skincare routine brings.

Basically, they’re so nourishing and easy to use, they turn removing your make-up into an enjoyable treat at the end of the day.

Here, some of the best no-fuss formulas available.

Yes To Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm
This ultra hydrating coconut balm melts on contact and transforms into a milky lather, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and ultra-hydrated. A reusable coconut- infused natural sponge is included to remove the balm from the skin for instantly cleansed and hydrated results.

Frances Prescott Tri-Balm
A multi-tasking cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturiser in one solid stick balm which is great if you’re always on the go. It can be used as an intense moisture masque and it’s blend of botanical oils enriched with starflower and oats melts away impurities and make-up, while enzymes from pumpkin seeds provide an extremely gentle daily exfoliation to freshen and brighten.

Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser
Made with organic jojoba oil, natural decongestant organic beeswax, which works to attract dirt away from pores, and a blend of nine essential oils, including sandalwood, ylang ylang and sweet orange. This balm balances the skin leaving it plumped and boosted.

Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser
This is infused with rosemary, carrot and shea butter to fully dissolve grime and make-up. Added chamomile and lavender soothe and calm both skin and mind. Remove with a muslin cloth soaked in hot water to boost circulation and leave the skin radiant.

Nyasa Pure Glow Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Melts onto skin to cleanse and nourish leaving it feeling silky smooth – it even manages to take off stubborn cosmetics.

Gaia Cleansing Balm
Shea butter and jojoba are blended with essential oils of lemon, palmarosa and rosemary to feed and replenish the skin. A rich and nourishing cleanser that will effectively remove make-up and impurities while deep cleansing the skin and is suitable for all skin types especially dry, dehydrated and maturing skins.

Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
A hydrating cleansing balm, infused with organic rosehip extract, which is rich in omegas and essential fatty acids, will leave skin nourished and healthy. Comes with a cloth which can be used as a gentle compress to draw out impurities.