On my quest for affordable yet effective skincare I’ve come across Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Cleansing balms are having a moment after the Emma Hardie balm cleanser became a hit with bloggers and skincare fanatics alike last year. It may be worth its hefty price tag but I wanted to try a more purse friendly balm first so opted for Clinique’s offering. Am I impressed? I can confirm I am!
With an ingredient list filled with nothing but good things for your skin, as well as it being 100% fragrance free, this balm should suit all/most skin types without any irritation or issues. I have combination skin and often get blemishes on my chin area but I’ve been getting along with this just fine. Each evening before bed I warm a small amount of the balm between my fingertips before massaging it into the rest of my face, then wash it off with a clean flannel. It does remove eye makeup well but I prefer to take mine off separately before concentrating the balm on my face.
I love how squeaky clean and soft my skin feels after using this. It’s smooth, fresh and feels ready to soak in the rest of the products which follow in my skincare routine. The balm doesn’t leave behind any sort of greasy residue which is really good considering it’s effectively an oil once it melts onto your skin. Initially I found it a little difficult to get the balm out of the pot as it was so solid and hard but it’s really easy to do now the tub sits at room temperature in my bathroom.
A little goes a long way with this product so don’t worry about the price tag (which I think is rather reasonable anyway!). I’ve been using this at least once, maybe twice, a day for three months and have barely used a quarter of the tub, which I think is fab value for money. I’m really pleased I tried this before splashing out on the Emma Hardy version as I don’t think I need to buy it (for now anyway - I can’t make any promises!) If you’re looking at balm cleansers, or even just cleansers in general, this is definitely worth a try!