Earlier this month, I swapped all of my cleansing gels and washes for more hydrating cleansing milks in the mornings, and lovely thick and luxurious cleansing balms for the evening.
The reason for doing so? Well, the cold weather is simply not kind to my skin. It causes mine to be more sensitive, more red, dehydrated and drier, and more irritated, so making a small change like this in my cleansing routine really helps to calm things down and restore the balance. Now I do use cleansing milks and balms throughout the year, especially to remove my makeup with, but Autumn and Winter is when I use them virtually on a daily basis.
Cleansing balms, in particular, are something that I always, always have in my skincare stash, and I tend to have a couple that I rotate between depending on how my skin's feeling. One such balm that I've been a longtime fan of is Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm. I first reviewed it three years ago here and subsequently featured it in my Best Of 2013 post here.
What is it?
Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm is a multi-purpose, 100% natural balm that contains 95% organic ingredients. It contains only pure and undiluted plant oils, and is water-free with absolutely no preservatives or 'nasties'. Rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, fatty acids, and phyto nutrients, it helps to nourish, protect, moisturise and repair the skin. You can use Beauty Balm as a cleanser and as a balm for calming down eczema, psoriasis, allergic reactions, as well as a moisturising balm for sensitive and dry skin.
Cold pressed Babassu Oil, Raw organic Shea Butter, Organic cold pressed Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic cold pressed Jojoba Oil, Cold pressed Sweet Almond Oil, natural Vitamin E oil, Palmarosa essential oil, Clary Sage essential oil, Benzoin resin, Patchouli essential oil, Organic Rosemary essential oil, Calendula flower extract.
How do I use it for cleansing?
Apply a tiny amount to a dry face (the balm is super concentrated so a small amount goes a very long way - you may need to use a lot less than you think if it's your first time trying it!). Gently massage it all over - it'll remove makeup easily too. To remove, dampen a flannel or muslin cloth under hot water and gently place over your face, allowing the steam to loosen dirt, makeup and dead skin cells. Wipe all over, rinse the cloth and repeat if you want to do a double cleanse with it.
I love using Beauty Balm as a cleanser in the evenings because it's great for removing make-up and perfect for doing a proper massage and double cleanse with. It leaves my skin soft, supple, hydrated and most importantly, thoroughly clean without any residue. If your face feels oily after using it, you're likely using too much of the balm or not removing it properly with the cloth - just go over the above steps again and I'm sure you'll enjoy using it as much as I do!
Lyonsleaf have recently released an Oil Cleansing Complete Kit which features this superstar cleansing balm, plus five 100% cotton face flannels and five 100% cotton muslin cloths, all wrapped up in a reusable drawstring bag. This would make a lovely gift for any green beauty skincare fan or someone who is new to oil cleansing.
Lyonsleaf Oil Cleansing Complete Kit* retails for £22.50 and is available from lyonsleaf.co.uk
Are you a fan of cleansing balms?