It seems I have a new obsession with balm cleansers, and I am currently loving the REN 'Rosa Centifolia' cleansing balm. Why? Because I actually feel like it's clearing up my skin whilst controlling my oily t-zone. I have watched and read 'Caroline Hirons' (skincare expert) bang on about avoiding foam cleansers because I quote: 'To get foam you need to use a surfactant - and a surfactant turns your skin alkaline. Alkaline skin is like a petri dish for bacteria'. Seems crazy right? Particularly when foaming cleansers are specifically targeted for oily skin. I know balm cleansing seems like a hassle as you have to stand there rubbing it in, but trust me it's worth it!
The first balm cleanser I tried was years back and it was the Liz Earle 'Cleanse & polish' which seemed lovely although it was causing some sort of mild rash and I didn't continue using it. I took this REN balm cleanser on holiday with me to Antalya, but avoided using it as I felt like I was wiping my tan away (insert laughing crying emoji here) There's also the misconception that your adding oil to your skin is going to make you more oily. Infact no, clearly your skin doesn't have enough oil and works overtime to produce more oil thus making your skin oily.
I have been using the REN cleansing balm for almost a month now, day and night on dry skin and removing with a damp hot 100% cotton crochet pad or a flannel, my skin is so much smoother, the small white bumps on my cheeks have almost disappeared, they have reduced drastically and I can't wait to see the results after using this method of cleansing long term.
The cleanser is very thick in texture infused with natural oils and rose oil being the scent which is most detectable, there are no parabens, sulphates and fragrances so can be used with an eased mind.
See REN website for more info. Link!
Lesson for the day, ditch those foam cleansers! Thanks caroline.
What are your views on cleansing balms?