Jolie’s brief guide to balms will help you choose the best balm in natural cosmetics for the season change. Particularly ageing skin benefits from balms, but the right dose of the right kind of balm is also perfect for young skin and different skin types. Balms are multipurpose products that go a long way and can be paired with water-based moisturisers in the summer and winter. The drier the skin, the more important it is to make sure that it receives nutrition and good-quality oil – a balm is the answer.
As is typical with balms, each one has its own peculiar magic that makes it a legend in its product line.
Lightest – Leahlani Bless Balm
Since balms are actually facial waxes and oils in a solid state, their texture is often thick and may be too heavy for some skin types. If you have found that combination skin or oily and impure skin does not tolerate balms, here’s a solution: a modern, light and supple balm that absorbs easily. Bless Beauty Balm differs significantly from many oily, thick balms. Bless absorbs immediately, does not leave the skin greasy and gives it a matte luminosity.
Bless Balm has been made without water, wax and emulsifiers, ensuring its ability to nurture the skin with 100% pure and potent ingredients. Rich organic plant butters and cold-pressed plant oils work their magic to bring an unparalleled softness to the skin. The product can be used to moisturise and cleanse the skin.
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Repairing – Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Even scars will disappear with Wild Rose Beauty Balm from Neal’s Yard Remedies, a caring and nourishing cult product known around the world. The balm can be used as a cleanser, a light mask or an intensive nourishing treatment for dry skin areas or the whole face. The balm is exceptionally rich in organic wild rose seed oil, which is full of antioxidants, helping to repair, firm and soften the skin. It also contains geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary, which help the skin to strengthen and retain its natural glow.
Soothing – May Lindstrom Skin – The Blue Cocoon
May Lindstrom’s iconic blue wonder The Blue Cocoon is an international star in natural cosmetics. The soothing beauty balm effectively hydrates and nourishes the skin and is suitable for skin that is breaking out or is very dry. The product serves as an excellent soother for sensitive, inflamed and irritated skin as well as skin problems, such as acne, rosacea and eczema. The Blue Cocoon will save the day: it reduces skin redness, irritation and itching and soothes the skin. The gorgeous colour of the balm comes from the anti-bacterial Moroccan blue tansy, which relieves inflammation.
How is face balm used?
A balm can be used similarly to a facial oil, either on its own e.g. as a night cream or more regularly over a water-based serum. A balm is best coupled with water-based hydration. It is a good idea to spray plenty of toner under a balm and then apply the balm on a slightly damp face. Depending on your skin, the toner may be enough, but often a hydrating water-based serum under the balm might be a good idea. The balm will seal the moisture of the water into the skin, nourish the skin, help it to retain its softness, elasticity and smoothness and even out skin tone.
High-quality natural cosmetic face balms also work beautifully as lip balms and help to provide intensive treatment for dry areas of the skin.