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Removing makeup from your face is easier with cleansing balms that can gently melt the beauty products off without stripping away the moisture from your skin.

Cleansing Balms

Cleansing balms are essential for removing makeup, sunscreen, excess oil, and buildup from the skin, preventing clogged pores and allowing the skin to breathe and repair itself. Unlike foaming or lathering face washes, balms have a solid base formula that goes on smoothly, effectively removing dirt and makeup while hydrating the skin. They are oil-based and thicker in consistency, suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and oily skin.

1. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

This cleansing balm by e.l.f. is praised for its hydrating formula, perfect for dry and sensitive skin. It contains sunflower seed oil, ceramides, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to strengthen the skin barrier, leaving skin soft, hydrated, and plump. Going for $11, this balm transforms into a luxurious oil that rinses off clean, suitable for all skin types. 

2. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm by Elemis is a luxurious three-in-one treatment that nourishes like a balm, removes makeup like an oil, and hydrates like milk. Priced at $69, this mineral oil-free formula contains lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, elderberry, starflower, and optimega oils. It deeply cleanses, soothes, and softens the skin. For optimal results, warm a pea-sized amount between your palms, massage over your face, neck, and décolleté, and remove with a damp cloth. You can use this daily as a cleanser or weekly as a nourishing mask.

3. Erborian Centella Cleansing Balm

This cleansing balm is a gentle facial cleanser that effectively removes stubborn makeup, including waterproof, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. For $45, this balm melts into the skin, nourishing and removing buildup and impurities. Formulated with Centella asiatica extracts, coconut oil, and sunflower oil, it cleanses without harsh friction.

4. Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm

Versed's Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm is a makeup melting balm priced at $17.96. It is infused with vitamin E, eucalyptus oil, avocado, and jojoba oil. This oil-based cleanser removes makeup and impurities without stripping moisture, making it ideal for a double-cleansing routine. To use the Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm, massage a dime-sized amount onto your face with wet fingertips, and continue massaging until the product is dissolved. Lastly, make sure to rinse it off and pat dry to get soft, nourished skin.

5. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Priced at $41, Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is gentle and effective for all skin types, especially acne-prone skin. It transforms from a balm to a silky oil, easily melting away makeup and sunscreen without feeling oily or heavy on the skin. To use Clinique's cleansing balm, massage enough product over your skin while it is still dry, then rinse well with warm water and pat dry for a fresh, dewy glow.