Shape posted "The Best Cleansing Balms to Get Rid of Grime Without Drying Out Skin" featuring Visha Skincare founder, Dr. Purvisha Patel's expert commentary on the benefits of cleansing balms for skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, as well as her picks for the best cleansing balms.
Pond's Cold Cream CleanserKnown as the OG cleansing balm, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser uses mineral oil to remove makeup, oil, and grime, as well as beeswax to lock in moisture — all for just $5. "What's nice about it is that it's easy to find and certainly affordable for somebody who wants to just start introducing a cleansing balm into their routine," says Dr. Garshick. And based on the 4,000-plus five-star reviews, it's well worth the cash. "I saw even my heaviest makeup looks melt away in seconds!" wrote one shopper. "It removes eye makeup in a snap and doesn't irritate my eyes...I did not feel the need to wash my face with soap and water. It did not leave me with that stripped feeling I'm used to. It left my skin moisturized all night and I woke up glowing!" (Related: Cleansing Oils That Won't Leave Your Skin Greasy)
Glow Recipe Papaya Enzyme Cleansing BalmIn addition to the apricot kernel oil and papaya seed oil, which help to remove makeup and built-up gunk, this best cleansing balm features papaya enzymes, making it a gentle exfoliator, too, says Dr. Garshick. Translation: Expect your skin to feel seriously smooth, dirt-free, and wiped completely clean of makeup. "When using this, my foundation, concealer, eyebrows, heavy eyeliner, [and] mascara all came off with two wipes," wrote one reviewer. "I used very little product too! A little goes a long way for sure."
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing BalmThis Dr. Garshick-approved best cleansing balm uses a blend of sweet almond oil, elderberry seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and more to rid the skin of makeup and any impurities that have built up throughout the day. Shoppers with dry, sensitive skin say it "makes [their] skin soft and very clean without leaving it tight and dry," and others note that "it will melt your makeup without leaving you feeling extremely greasy." But the product isn't just a cleanser. Thanks to it's ultra-moisturizing ingredients, the cleansing balm can also be used as a weekly facial mask — just let it sit on skin for about 10 minutes.
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter CleanserJust as the name implies, this cleansing balm is designed to melt away stubborn makeup, using a blend of marula seed, baobab seed, kalahari melon seed, mongongo, and ximenia oils to remove it from skin and provide moisture, says Dr. Garshick. "It absolutely removed every amount of makeup on my face. Every. Trace. Of. Makeup," wrote one five-star reviewer. "And my skin felt smooth and not dried out after. Seriously a game changer for me." To further smooth and soften, the product is also formulated with lightly exfoliating bamboo and charcoal powder.
The INKEY List Oat Cleansing BalmThis best cleansing balm may stand out from the crowd with its tube — not tub — packaging, but it still has that signature buttery texture. Formulated with oat kernel oil and colloidal oatmeal, the balm is designed to ease redness and soothe irritation — all while whisking away impurities and nourishing skin. And according to shoppers, it's gentle enough even for folks with inflammatory skin conditions to use. "THIS CHANGED MY LIFE!" wrote one reviewer. "I suffer from rosacea, and this has been one of the only cleansers and makeup removers that had left my skin with a clean, comfortable and light feeling."
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
Just like Glow Recipe's product, this best cleansing balm is equipped with papaya extract to gently exfoliate, but it instead uses sunflower and ginger root oils to remove makeup, sunscreen, and excess oil without stripping skin. And it gets the job done so well, reviewers say they are "ob-freaking-sessed." "It takes off everything and I love the way my skin feels afterward," wrote one shopper. "Keep in mind I layer sunscreen, moisturizer, sunscreen foundation, sunscreen powder, and spray and this still removes all of it."