I love to wear a cat-eye, or liquid glitter eyeliner, or bright red lipstick. (Usually not all at once.) But I don’t love the process of removing my makeup at the end of the day. Even so, I always make it a point to cleanse my skin before bed. And while I thought I knew the most efficient way to get rid of stubborn product — I am a beauty editor, after all — I’ve realized I could be doing it so much better. Turns out, it’s possible to get the job done without multiple steps or excessive scrubbing. The game-changer: cult-classic Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.
I start by warming the hydrating vitamin E and shea butter formula between my fingertips until it becomes more of an oil. Then, I gently massage it over my dry face in circular motions. As I work the cleanser into my skin and splash on a bit of water, the balm transforms into a milky texture and I can see my makeup melting away. While you can simply rinse skin clean with water, I like to wipe everything off with a damp, warm washcloth (Bonus: one’s included!), which removes all residue with ease and leaves my skin feeling extra refreshed.
Not only does this cleanser whisk away daily grime, but it also moisturizes at the same time. Boosted with nine essential oils, including sweet almond and grape seed oil, my skin feels super-soft, not stripped. In fact, it’s so nourishing that on days when my skin feels particularly dry, I even use the ultra-rich formula as a moisturizing mask. All you need is a thin layer of the balm and 10 minutes. (The subtle spa-like scent really seals the deal.) Either way — whether used as a cleanser or a mask — you can expect to get glowing skin as a result.
You’ll find the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm in our September 2020 Allure Beauty Box.
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