Beauty balms are becoming more and more popular, and with good reason; they often tackle a number of problems with just one product. Balms are rich and potent and offer the skin an extra dose of healing goodness, and are especially good after cosmetic procedures or sun exposure. Elemis, Dermalogica and Decleor all have some excellent balms within their ranges, so we thought we’d shine a light on five of the best.
Aging skin is often too delicate to deal with harsh cleansers, which means that getting rid of make-up and dirt at the end of the day can almost do more harm than good if you aren’t using the right products. This cleansing balm from Elemis encourages collagen production which plumps the skin and banishes wrinkles, all while using nourishing elderberry, starflower and optimega oils to dissolve make-up and pollutants.
Shaving is a necessary evil; it’s an efficient way to remove hair, but it can also be detrimental to your skin, which can be left red and raw. Using a balm after you shave, like this one from Dermalogica, is great as it will sink into your skin and deeply replenish lost oils which are stripped away when shaving. It reduces hair regrowth and prevents ingrowing hairs, too.
Balms are an excellent product to use on skin which feels like it’s lost its mojo, and that’s why Elemis produced their Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. It enhances the skin, improving radiance, and leaves your skin exuding vitality. Unlike other balms, it’s light enough to be used under make-up and actually makes a fabulous primer for foundation. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be applied daily after cleansing.
Over-exposure to the sun is one of the quickest ways to damage your skin, both short-term and long term. In the short-term, you’ll suffer with tightness and pain, depending on the severity of the burn and in the long-term, if lost moisture is replenished, the ageing process will speed-up. This balm from Declor is designed to be used after sun exposure and will both soothe the burn and ensure that vital nutrients are replaced in the skin, helping the healing process and halting the signs of ageing.
Forgetting your neck and decolletage is one of the ultimate beauty sins, but it’s something that SO many women do! Fortunately, Elemis have created this balm specifically for those areas, harnessing the power of sea buckthorn oil, one of the richest known plant-sources of Fatty Acid Omega-7, to visibly improve the appearance of skin elasticity and smoothness, reducing the appearance of crepiness and skin slackening.