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SPY Guide: Best Cleansing Balms to Take Off The Day

* Great way to easily dissolve makeup
* Non-greasy and non-drying formulas
* Great addition for a double-cleansing routine

Cleansing Balms are a great replacement product for your regular facial cleanser. Especially when the temperature drops, they are a terrific way to cleanse, remove impurities and makeup without drying or stripping your skin of its natural oils. These balms differ from other types of cleansers because you put them on your face dry, massage into your skin and emulsify with warm water to remove. Instead of dry and tight skin, you’re left with hydrated, glowing and clean skin. Check out our top cleansing balm picks below.

1. e.l.f. Gel Melt Cleanser

is a gentle, hydrating formula that melts on contact with skin, transforming from a gel to a creamy oil to help dissolve makeup and cleanse the skin. This cleanser is formulated with purified water, argan oil and rose extracts to help moisturize the skin.


2. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Cleansing Balm

Palmer’s Famous Coconut Oil Formula has been made into a rich cleansing balm. When emulsified with water, the balm turns into a creamy facial cleanser that removes all makeup and impurities. In addition to coconut oil, this product is infused with Tahitian Monoi Oil and Tiare flower peats that deliver intense moisturization to help pamper and comfort your skin.


3. Elemis Collagen Cleansing Balm


will dissolve your makeup, daily grime and pollutants in one easy step. Skin is intensely cleansed, nourished and renewed for a glowing complexion. The balm absorbs easily into your skin and moisturizes without leaving an oily residue.


4. Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm


starts out as a balm and when mixed with water, the texture changes to an oil that removes all traces of face makeup without tugging sensitive facial skin and without leaving behind residue.  The balm gently removes even the most long-lasting eye makeup while leaving skin soft and protected.


5. Clinique Cleansing Balm

Clinique’s ‘Take the Day’ Off Cleansing Balm is another lightweight makeup remover that quickly and gently dissolves eye and face makeup. Take the Day off also contains ingredients to help remove the stress of pollution so skin looks younger, longer.

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6. Bosica Charcoal Cleansing Balm

Boscia’s Charcoal Makeup Melter is a cleansing oil-balm to gently yet effectively remove makeup and impurities. The key ingredient, Sunflower Oil, carries black and white charcoal into the skin to further help detoxify and balance skin. An added bonus is an included spatula to help apply product to face. This is a great option for those with acne-prone or clogged pores.

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7. Farmacy Makeup Meltaway Balm

The Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea is a nourishing balm that melts away makeup and cleanses skin, removing all impurities caused by pollution. The balm features Echinacea Green Envy which is a natural antioxidant that promotes an evenly toned, brighter complexion.

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8. IT Cosmetics Melting Cleansing Balm

delivers 3 products in 1 formula: hydrating, sulfate-free cleanser, purifying instant makeup remover and an anti-aging, skin softening serum. This revolutionary cleanser (developed with the help of plastic surgeons) not only completely removes all traces of impurities, it also contains a skin-softening serum concentrate that provides a soft barrier of moisture to ward off free-radicals and pollutants for healthier skin.