Cleansing balms are a staple in my routine and I love them for either removing makeup or nourishing my skin as a second cleanse. I’ve had my eye on these two for quite some time and finally had the opportunity to give them a proper testing. If you are trying to decide if a cleansing balm is for you, I can confidently say that any and all ages and skin types can benefit from using one. No matter how oily or dry your skin may be, using a cleansing balm can help comfort the skin, hydrate it and leave you skin feeling clean but not stripped of all the moisture it needs. Once I began to understand that cleansing oil and balms were not going to a. make me more oily or b. break me out, I kept adding more and more to my routine. Now I can’t imagine my skincare regimen without them.
1. Jordan Samuel The After Show Balm Cleanser – Though this isn’t an exceptionally oily balm cleanser, it still does a wonderful job of hydrating the skin. I can use this to remove my makeup, but I actually prefer it more as a second cleanse since it does require a washcloth to remove. It’s a bit thicker than some of the other ones in my collection, so I like to use as more of a treatment by massaging it into damp skin and letting it sit there for 2-3 minutes. Once I remove my skin feels hydrated, plump and fresh looking.
2. Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser – While the texture feels as firm as the Jordan Samuel cleanser, this one is much more oily and nourishing. I can use it to remove makeup, but it also needs a washcloth to remove so because of that I like using it as a second cleanse. It performs on my skin as most cleansing balms do by hydrating my skin, comforting it and making it feel firm and supple after. One other result I saw using this was the few little bumps I had across my chin and forehead slowly began to go away after using this for a week straight. It seemed to really help decongest the skin and my pores looked much smaller. 
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