Elemis Cleansing Balm Review: The Magical Makeup Remover that Doubles as a Mask

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After hearing from a number of dermatologists about why makeup wipes can be really bad for your skin, I decided to quit using them a few years ago. (I do keep them on hand in a pinch, but they’re no longer part of my nightly skincare routine.)

Basically, makeup wipes tend to leave behind a chemical film that sits on your face—not to mention, scrubbing too aggressively with a wipe can cause redness and irritation.

Ditching my wipes meant I needed to find a better way to remove my everyday makeup. The general consensus among experts is that cleansing balms, oils, and micellar water are much safer and more effective methods of makeup removal. I now dabble between all three.

Sometimes I’ll use this micellar water on my favorite cotton pads, but when my skin needs a little extra TLC—especially in the winter—I swear by Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.

The brand makes a mini version that I LOVE throwing into my carry-on when I travel. It’s great to use when your skin is dehydrated after a long flight.

Here’s my review and everything you need to know about it.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

What is it?

Elemis’ cleansing balm is exactly that—it’s a balm that cleanses your skin. The texture is very unique and a bit hard to describe, but I always call it “buttery.” It’s like a rich, emollient butter.

What does it do?

The balm removes dirt, oil, and makeup (it literally melts off) while also cleansing and moisturizing your face.

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How to Use the Cleansing Balm:

  1. I typically like to start with a small amount—like a 1/2 teaspoon—because I find that a little bit goes a long way.
  2. You’ll want to smooth it over your face *when it’s dry* (very important!) and massage it into your skin. (This amazing $3 spa headband is what I use to keep my hair out of my face.)
  3. When I have eye makeup on, I’ll also gently rub it over my lids and lashes to loosen my mascara, but I’m careful not to get it into my eyes.
  4. Then, add water—you’ll notice that the consistency of the balm changes when it’s mixed with water, and it becomes more like a cleanser.
  5. Finally, the instructions recommend that you remove the balm with a warm, damp washcloth (which comes in the package when you buy the full-size) but I don’t always have one nearby, so I’ll usually just rinse the cleanser off, splash my face with cold water, and pat dry with a towel.

PRO TIP: The balm also doubles as a mask. For an added moisture boost, you can let the balm sit on your face (use a teaspoon) for 10 minutes while you’re in the bath or shower.

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This post was created in partnership with Elemis, but even if they weren’t paying me I would still tell you that I think this balm is LEGIT.

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