I'm a big fan of cleansing balms. I find the whole cleansing process incredibly relaxing and soothing, so to me it is more of a pampering treatment to look forward to rather than a chore. Since I have finished up my favorite Clinique Cleansing Balm, I thought I'd step up my game a bit and give the original Eve Lom Cleansing Balm a try. So far I've been using it for over a month now, and I'm super happy with my skin. 

The cleansing balm has a thick, raw honey like, waxy texture, which glides over the face with ease and melts all the gunk away without leaving any greasy residue. The scent, however, may not be to everyone's taste as it has a distinct herbal (kind of medicinal) scent, which I actually do not mind  at all. Chances are, you’ll get used to it after a little while.

This cleanser does pretty much everything: removes all traces of makeup and grime, gently exfoliates (especially when used in conjunction with a muslin cloth that comes in the kit), hydrates, tones and leaves the skin baby soft. There is no squeaky, tight feeling of dryness, which is a big plus.The balm contains a nice blend of essentials oils:  chamomile (to soften and soothe the skin), eucalyptus (to decongest), hops (to tone) and clove (to keep skin clear of blemishes).

Although it is meant to remove makeup, I actually use this balm to deep cleanse the skin. Therefore, I pre-cleanse with micellar water to remove makeup first and then use this as the second step in my double-cleansing routine. That's just a way to ensure that my skin has actually been thoroughly cleansed, leaving my skin ready for deep penetration of skin care products.

So here is how to use it effectively:
  • Step one: Apply the cleansing balm to dry skin, smooth over the entire face, massage deeply into the skin to  remove all traces of makeup and grime and to stimulate blood circulation. 
  • Step two: Hold the muslin cloth soaked in hot water over the entire face, take a deep breath through the nose and hold the muslin cloth for a count of 7 or 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
  • Step three: Rinse out the cloth and remove all traces of makeup and cleanser by using circular movements. Finish off by rinsing the cloth in cold water and apply to the face. 
If you have dehydrated skin like me, you should totally give this a try. The price tag is a bit hefty as it comes at $80 for 100 ml (which is why I bought the travel-size one), but I imagine the balm will last you a while as you need only a small amount for your entire face. So it's totally one of those products that are worth splurging on. Have you tried it? Tell me about your favorite cleansing balms.