WHAT IS A CLEANSING BALM, ANYWAY?
When I first heard about cleansing balms, I immediately knew I had to try one. Not because I necessarily needed a new cleanser, but because I'm a sucker for new and unusual skin care products. Seriously, the more foreign the product sounds, the more I want it. In the wee hours of the night, I've convinced myself that I needed a Korean essence, packed with bee venom and snail secretions. I had never even used an essence before, but I had to have it! I've also spent countless hours in search of peel away lip stains (Ouch!) and Derma Rollers (Double ouch!). While my lack of self-control for all things obtuse has sometimes been in vain, I have also found some amazing Holy Grail products like Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.
Just like the rest of you ladies, after a long day at work and especially after a night out, I'm tempted to just hop into bed without taking off my makeup. A few years ago when cleansing wipes were all the rage, they seemed like an easy and fast option to clean skin. Maybe I just never found the right brand or variation, but the cleansing wipes always required a lot of work on my part while delivering mediocre results. I always needed multiple wipes to remove all of my makeup and even still, I knew there was stuff left behind. (Let's not forget about the trauma of removing eye makeup.) So, when more and more brands started to release cleansing balms, I decided to do my research and see what all the fuss was about. After a few long nights of intensive research (insomnia is real), I decided to pull the trigger and purchase the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Coming in at $29, I thought it was a reasonable price from a trustworthy brand.
HOW TO USE
When it first arrived, I will admit I wasn't completely sure how to use it. The product comes in a plastic jar with a metal twist-on lid. The product itself is completely solid until it comes into contact with body heat. The first night, I tried to swirl a cotton ball around to pick up some product, but it wasn’t a great result. I was hesitant to put my fingers straight into the jar for hygienic reasons, and because I wanted to spare myself the probable mess.
After a bit more review-trolling, I finally came across the best piece of advice on how to apply it: use a knife (or spoon) to scoop out the desired amount of product. If you’re a complete germaphobe like myself, you can use a new, disposable knife every night.
Once you get the product out, you have to begin warming it up by rubbing your hands together. The heat from your hands turns the balm into a rich oil. I usually spend 30 seconds or so massaging it into my dry skin in a circular motion. I even rub it gently around my eye area. After 30 seconds, I take a clean washcloth, wet it under the faucet, and then begin to wipe my face in sections. When the balm comes into contact with water, it emulsifies and turns into a milky white substance that dissolving along with every last bit of your makeup.
The cleansing balm is extremely gentle on the skin. It’s a true godsend for me in the winter because it never leaves my skin dry or tight. Even stubborn eye makeup comes off without a struggle or sting. For that reason alone, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm will always have a place on my skincare shelf. Yes, there are a few more steps than using a cleansing wipe; but in the long run, the cleansing balm removes makeup more thoroughly and with such ease, you’ll never want to use anything else to remove your makeup again!
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Verdict:
- Dissolves all makeup including eyeliner and mascara
- No fragrances
- Doesn't dry out the skin
- Good for sensitive skin
- Unhygienic jar
This cleansing balm gets a perfect rating because of its amazing ability to dissolve makeup—including stubborn eye makeup—with ease. It’s gentle enough to use year ‘round. Do you have any experience with cleansing balms? Leave me a comment with your favorites!