How often have you gone to wash off a full face of makeup only to realize your regular cleanser just doesn’t cut it? We’ve all been there: liquid lipsticks won’t budge, lash glue doesn’t break down, and waterproof mascara has your lashes in a death grip.
When you apply a full face of makeup, especially using waterproof products and lashes to boot, then of course you’ll need a heavy-duty makeup remover before you cleanse to really get rid of everything. Chances are, your cleanser is gentle (as it should be), and so it’s not made to remove the warpaint you’ve so flawlessly applied just hours earlier.
When you need a makeup remover for that bulletproof makeup application, an oil-based cleansing balm will be your new go-to. A waterless oil-based balm will dissolve any oil-based products on your face without stripping your skin of its natural oils. This is so crucial to ensure you’re not perpetuating a cycle of imbalanced sebum production. Skin stripped of its natural oils actually triggers an overproduction of oil which clogs pores causing- you guessed it- acne.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me for free from 100% Pure in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.
100% Pure is launching their new Blood Orange Cleansing Balm, $38, on February 21, and it’s the perfect cleansing balm to add to your skincare routine.
Here’s what I thought:
I’ve been going days without any makeup lately (I know, I’m shocked too), so on the days I’ve worn makeup, my face has felt very “heavy” and I long for the moment I can allow my skin to breathe again once it’s all off. Don’t get me wrong, I still love playing with makeup, but there’s nothing like the feeling of a freshly cleansed face to feel like you really have your life together.
With that said, that “heavy” feeling indicated that I needed a full-on double cleansing routine to make sure every trace of makeup was washed away at the end of the day. Double cleansing essentially means you use one cleanser to remove makeup and then a second cleanser to cleanse the skin. I really enjoyed using this cleansing balm as my first step in double cleansing. And yes, cleansing balms work way harder at makeup removal than a specified “makeup remover”- confusing, right? But that’s because oil breaks down oil, and cleansing balms are almost completely oil while traditional makeup removers are water-based.
If you’re unfamiliar with using a cleansing balm to remove makeup, here’s how to do it:
Start with a dry face and use your fingers to massage the balm directly onto skin. It may feel weird the first few times, but you’ll be amazed at the amount of product it breaks up. Then, after thoroughly massaging the balm all over your face (eye makeup included), wet a washcloth or exfoliator with warm water to rinse off. 100% Pure’s cleansing balm is packed full of nourishing oils, so I prefer an exfoliating sponge to really grab everything – try 100% Pure’s new Konjac Sponge, $15, for an even deeper clean. Afterwards, follow up with your normal cleanser and following routine.
A cleansing balm can feel weird at first, but it’s the best way to really break down budge-proof makeup without using harsh ingredients. And because 100% Pure is focused on only the best ingredients, this one is certified organic and not a single ingredient ranks higher than a 2 on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (1-3 being the “safe range”), meaning you can feel completely at ease knowing this product is nontoxic.
100% Pure’s Blood Orange Cleansing Balm is:
USDA Certified Organic
Would you add a cleansing balm to your skincare routine? If you already have, what are your thoughts? Would you consider this 100% Pure one? I just about die for every 100% Pure product! Let me know what you think in the comments below!