Cleansing Balms vs. Oils
I’m so excited to have another beauty post for you guys today! I’ve been taking a lot of time to go through my beauty products and find ways to incorporate what I use and love into a post that you guys will be interested in reading, so today we are talking about cleansing balms vs. oils. I struggled for a really long time trying to find a good product that would actually get all of my makeup off and wouldn’t dry out and irritate my skin. It was tough. I religiously used the Neutrogena face wipes for a really long time, even though I hated them! Everyone else loved them so I thought maybe I would learn to like them. Nope. They didn’t get all of my makeup off, they were harsh, and they irritated my skin so much. Especially if I had a breakout. With that being said, I love the other products from that brand, just not their wipes!
A couple of years ago cleansing balms and oils really started to become popular so I experimented with those. Before I tell you my feelings let me tell you a little bit first about the difference between the two products!
What’s a Cleansing Balm?
Cleansing balms are creamy cleansers that remove makeup and dirt from your skin while protecting the moisture in your skin. It’s great for all skin types, but especially oily skin! They are very gentle on your skin and all you really have to do is get a small amount of product into you hand and massage it into your skin, it gets kind of milky and pulls all of your makeup off of the surface of your skin. Then you gently wipe it off with a damp warm cloth and your skin is left clean, soft, and smooth! It doesn’t irritate your skin at all like many wipes do.
What’s a Cleansing Oil?
What cleansing oil does is use good oils to remove the bad oils. You can use a cleansing oil to remove your makeup + act as a cleanser. Cleansing oils remove your makeup similarly to the cleansing balm. You massage it into your skin and it breaks up all the makeup and dirt comes off with a damp cloth. This product is great for those with dry skin whose skin needs oil to make it more soft and supple. Oily skin girls, you probably wouldn’t like it.
Which One is Right for You?
If you have oily skin your best bet is the cleansing balm. If you have dry skin, you can use either, but you might prefer the cleansing oil.
Being someone who has tried both, I obviously find that the cleansing balm works wonders on my skin. The Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm easily removes my heavier foundations, think Estee Lauder Double Wear, and my waterproof liner flawlessly. It doesn’t irritate my blemishes + it leaves my skin hydrated and not oily. I can use my regular cleanser after this balm and I truly feel like the balm helps my cleanser clean my skin better. Even in the Winter time when my skin gets a little dry, I prefer a balm. When I used a cleansing oil, oil version of Take the Day Off, I feel like I had to use a lot of product to get my makeup off. Therefore I went through my bottles pretty quick! When you spend $30 on a cleanser, you don’t want to have to refill twice a month. Also, obviously the oil was too oily for my skin and I hated the feeling of feeling like my skin was an oil slick. However, the cleansing oil was still gentle on my skin and my blemishes.
All in all, one really isn’t better than the other, your skin type will determine which one of these is right for you. I will say that if you are still using a facial wipe, consider trying something new! Facial wipes can be harsh on your skin without you even realizing it and if you’re purchasing them 2x a month, a cleansing balm might be more expensive but last you much longer!
Do you use cleansing balms or oils?