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.
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. Elemis was nice enough to offer my followers a deluxe travel-sized version for free (!) – you just have to pay $5 for shipping and taxes (where applicable.)
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.
How to Use the Cleansing Balm:
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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