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10 Best Cleansing Balms for Melting Off Stubborn Makeup

Hydrating while you cleanse? It's a win-win with these cleansing balms.
10 Best Cleansing Balms for Melting Off Stubborn Makeup
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Hydrating while you cleanse? It's a win-win with these cleansing balms.

Cleansing is one of the most important steps of good skincare—this is one of the first things we learn when building out our daily skincare routines. If you’re like us, you want to find the sweet spot of clean, makeup-free skin that isn’t stripped or dehydrated. This is where cleansing balms come in. Perfect for dry or tight skin and easier to pack than oil cleansers, cleansing balms are exactly what they sound like: thick balms that are massaged into the skin to melt down make-up, sunscreen, and grime. Ahead, are 10 that we swear by.

Best Cleansing Balms

1. Banila Co. Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm 

This K-beauty classic still holds up as one of the best options for your first cleanse. Packed with nourishing plant extracts, vitamin E, and skin-brightening acerola, this luxurious, silky smooth balm will melt away the day’s dirt with barely any effort.

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Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm, P995, BANILA CO., Lazada

2. Heimish All Clean Balm

This cleansing balm is quickly rising up the ranks to reach cult favorite. Its gentle formula boasts a cocktail of extracts and oils to soothe dry, irritated skin while removing makeup and sunscreen without tugging at the skin. Simply massage into your skin, wash off, and reap the benefits of this hydrating balm!

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 All Clean Balm, P699, HEIMISH, Lazada

3. Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm

Science-backed skincare brand Good Molecules’ cleansing balm melts away makeup and impurities while caring for your skin with a blend of sea buckthorn oil, camellia oil, and shea butter. Perfect for dry skin, this moisturizing balm will have your skin clean (but not squeaky!) in no time.

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Instant Cleansing Balm, P940, GOOD MOLECULES, Lazada

4. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

We’d be remiss not to mention this classic cleanser in our list of favorites. Enriched with safflower oil, this velvety balm turns into a silky oil at the touch of water to dissolve even the most stubborn of makeup and sunscreen without irritating the skin.

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Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, P800, CLINIQUE, Lazada

5. Issy & Co. Cleansing Butter in Nourishing Melt

Butter-soft and rich in moisture, this fuss-free balm is chock full of skin-loving ingredients like squalane, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, chamomile extract, and edelweiss extract to give your skin a healthy dose of antioxidants. 

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Cleansing Butter in Nourishing Melt (Yellow), P549, ISSY & CO., Shopee

6. The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

The perfect first cleanse for dehydrated or irritated skin, this oat kernel and sweet almond oil-enriched balm works to soothe compromised skin barriers. What’s more is that this cleansing balm is formulated with colloidal oatmeal, a known anti-inflammatory that locks moisture into the skin to calm angry complexions.

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Oat Cleansing Balm, P700, THE INKEY LIST, Sephora

7. Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

Imbue your nightly skincare routine with a bit of luxury with this balm-to-milk cleanser from Sunday Riley. Its rich, innovative formula boasts cocoa butter and mimosa flower wax as well as blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—the two ingredients that lend their color for this balm’s gorgeous blue hue. 

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Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, P2680, SUNDAY RILEY, Sephora

8. Pond’s Cold Cream Cleansing Balm

From the creator of one of the most iconic cleansing products of all time—the Pond’s Cold Cream—comes a new generation of cleanser: the cleansing balm. Enriched with French rose extract, shea butter, and a blend of nourishing oils, this balm will cleanse your face without dehydrating your skin, priming it for your second cleanse. 

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Cleansing Balm, P722, POND'S, Watsons

9. Mizon Cicaluronic Cleansing Balm

Mizon joins the cleansing balm craze with this centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid-infused first cleanser. Soothing redness and healing broken skin with a cocktail of aloe, jojoba, turmeric, and basil extracts, this calming balm is perfect for angry, inflamed, or acne-prone complexions.

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Cicaluronic Cleansing Balm, P819, MIZON, Shopee

10. Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm

With its rich, smooth sherbet formula and herbal hanbang ingredients (including brightening ferments!), this cleansing balm can plump up dull and sullen skin as it melts away impurities. The thick balm emulsifies into a thin milk with the addition of water, soothing dry, tight skin with rice bran water and extract.

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Radiance Cleansing Balm, P770, BEAUTY OF JOSEON, Althea Philippines

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