I have a love/hate relationship with cleansing balms. Yes, they gently and thoroughly remove my makeup, but the experience of using them has always left a lot to be desired—sticking my finger into a tub of product always makes me feel icky. So when Eadem launched a new version of a cleansing balm that comes in a tube, I was immediately sold.
Squeeze the Eadem Dew Dream Cleansing Balm ($30) into your palm and you'll see a clear gel. But rub it between your hands and it instantly melts into a slick, oily balm. This is thanks to a mix of tiger grass, which smooths and nourishes damaged skin; allantoin, which hydrates and supports skin health and cell turnover; and Kalahari melon and moringa, which work together to unclog pores and mop up excess sebum with a rich supply of fatty acids and antioxidants.
I use the balm as the first step in my double-cleanse routine (I double cleanse every night to remove makeup, sunscreen, and the day's grime), and love how it makes my skin feel nice and clean.
"Cleansing at night is extremely important to remove sebum, dead skin cells and environmental debris lodged inside pores,"says Michele Koo, MD, a plastic surgeon and founder of skin-care line Private Practice by Dr. Koo "Double cleansing may be important if you do not use a separate makeup remover."
According to skin pros, cleansing balms are one of the best of the best ways to kick off your double-cleanse routine. They're oil-based, which means they sweep up dirt and oil from your skin (remember the "like attracts like" principle from high school chemistry class?) to leave your complexion clean without stripping it.
"Oil cleansing balms remove oil-based impurities and free radicals that can lead to breakouts and premature aging," Charlotte Cho, founder of K-beauty skin-care store Soko Glam and line Then I Met You previously told Well+Good. "Oftentimes we don't realize how many impurities are on our skin, so cleansing specifically with an oil-cleanser to gently remove makeup, excess sebum, and sunscreen sets the canvas for clean, healthy skin." To get the most out of your balm, work it into dry hands, massage it into your skin, then rinse with water.
Ready to convert to a cleansing balm without having to dig into a tub? The Eadem Dew Dream Cleansing Balm is perfect.
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