I’ll admit this: I’m a skincare junkie but this is my first time trying a cleansing balm. I’ve tried a cleansing oil and cleansing gel, but a first for the balm, and I’m so glad that the first one I’m trying is by L’Occitane, a brand that does really nicely formulated skincare.
L’Occitane’s Immortelle Cleansing Balm is new to the boutique, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. Moisturizing, soft, and easy to apply.
It’s the same idea as a cleansing oil or gel, really. You take the balm and smooth it on your skin without getting it wet, and rub it in. As your hands and face warm it up, it kind of melts into an oily consistency and melts makeup – even long-wearing (and sometimes even waterproof) mascara. And when I say that it melts everything, I meant that it really does melt it all. Then you start splashing your face with water, and it all just washes away – it turns into a milky consistency, and you see your makeup going into the drain with it.
Now, the beautiful thing about a cleansing oil, a cleansing balm, and a cleansing gel is that they’re not drying. In fact, they don’t wash away 100% which helps them be moisturizing on the skin. But I like to wipe away everything with a wet washcloth, and then follow up with the L’Occitane Immortelle cleansing foam. A tiny bit mixed with water turns into a creamy foam that really washes everything away. This is more like soap, so you don’t want to be rubbing your eyes with it, but it’ll wash away any makeup or cleansing balm residue.
This, my friends, is known as double cleansing and when you do it right, you’ll have no makeup or dirt on your skin and over time, your skin will be more clear and will feel better because it won’t ever still have makeup on it when you go to bed. Follow up with moisturizer or treatment and you’re ready for bed.
$49 for the balm and $44 for the cleansing foam. Available online
and at L’Occitane Boutiques.