Multi-tasking balms are being hailed as the latest bathroom cabinet essential for time-poor beauty fans. Beauty balms make great cleansers but they can also be used to soothe and smooth everything from chapped lips and rough patches to split ends and unruly brows. Rather than a pot for each specific area, a hardworking beauty balm can take care of you from head to toe.
Winning over celebrity fans such as Cara Delevingne and Kate Hudson, cult favourite Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is an all natural balm that can cleanse, moisturise and add a pretty glow.
While balms such as Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm can be used anywhere on the body that needs extra attention. With balms, the formulation is dense and concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Cleansing balms are a great choice for those with “problem” skin and introducing such a product into your daily regime can make a real difference to your complexion. For instance, Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse cleanser is an oil-based conditioning cleanser that deep cleans the skin and restores its moisture balance. And don't be surprised if you find the formula to be solid or firm in the tub or tube, as they quickly liquefy when rubbed between palms and massaged onto a dry face.It’s best to remove them with a hot cloth or a terry cotton flannel.
How to use a cleansing balm
Apply the balm to dry skin and massage in to stimulate circulation and allow the natural oils in the formula to latch onto dirt and grime. Wipe away with a muslin cloth soaked in clean warm water, which will gently exfoliates skin as it cleans. The rich balm will remove all traces of make-up and impurities quickly - leaving skin smooth and plumped up.
Balms can also sooth sunburn and dry skin. If you need to calm sunburn or give cheeks a dewy glow, a multi-tasking balm is the beauty saviour you need in your holiday beach bag.
Dr PawPaw’s Multi-Purpose Soothing Balm is a favourite with surf bunny Elle Macpherson, as it will tackle everything from dry lips to sunburn.
Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm contains liquorice and chamomile to sooth and calm the skin. For maximum cleansing benefits, warm the product between your palms before applying.
And if your hair is feeling a little neglected, The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm, is a deeply moisturising option. Using your fingers, apply the rich rose balm to split ends or cuticles for instantly refreshed locks.
Desert island beauty
Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a one-stop ‘desert island’ beauty buy as it can be used as a rich cleanser to remove make-up, a gentle exfoliant, and a nourishing balm. To exfoliate, cleanse using a muslin cloth dampened with hot water, and then wipe away the balm in a gentle, circular movement. For moisturising, apply sparingly to dry and dehydrated areas.