| BEAUTY | 3 Cleansing Balms

I love cleaning my face! I enjoy the ritual of it and the feeling of a just cleaned and moisturised face. I just love it – it makes me feel relaxed and ready to chill out. 

At the moment (and throughout my pregnancy) I have been adoring cleansing balms. Thick, slick emolient preparations massaged onto the face and then buffed away with a pristine cotton flannel is quick and easy way to pamper myself.

Here are 3 that are currently making me smile:

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

Love this stuff! It’s easy on the wallet and works a treat to shift both everyday muck and makeup. Gently fragranced and more greasy than my other two balms, this is my choice when my skin feels a bit dry and tight.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

This is one of those products that features on many a bathroom shelf as a favourite and it is firmly one of mine. Non perfumed but distinctly smells of coconut oil to me, this takes everything off in a jiffy. Everything from my most stubborn mascara to my most clingy BB cream just slides off so effortlessly. It’s a huge jar and a little goes a long way so the price tag is not a steep as it seems.

Diptyque Nourishing Cleansing Balm

My most indulgent of the three. This is the one I turn to when I am I glad to see the end of the day. It’s a decadent little floral lift before retiring into the evening. I don’t normally go in for fragranced skincare. This is something that changed for me during pregnancy and I’ve begun to appreciate an elegant scent as uplifting and pleasing. This is a tad more waxy than the other two but sits in between then in terms of greasiness. It does a great job of removing my makeup and its comes of like a dream when used with a cotton flannel. This is also a secret little multi-tasker and I have been using it to dispel dry skin on my heels and elbows.

I like using a clean cotton terry flannel to clean my face. I keep a stack of them in the bathroom, and change them daily. This is something that my mother and grandmother used to swear by- I remember them saying that you cannot clean your face properly without one. I buy mine in my local market for about 30 pence each. Great stuff!