A Beginner’s Guide To Beauty Balms

July 17, 2014

Whether you’re constantly travelling on-the-go, or simply need a multi-purpose cream which can be used for almost anything, try a beauty balm. These are small tubs which are filled with various infused organic oils, natural plants and antioxidants that work to hydrate the skin, hair and nails.

What are beauty balms?

Beauty balms are a multi-purpose beauty must-have because they can be used in numerous ways. If you want to minimise your skincare routine, a beauty balm will easily work in three unique ways.

Exfoliating cleanser

Most beauty balms can be used to exfoliate the skin when used in conjunction with a muslin cloth. Simply apply some product on your fingertips, and then gently massage a thin layer onto any dry or problem areas on the face or body. Pour some warm water on a muslin cloth and wipe away the solution. This is a less abrasive way to remove dry or dead skin cells, as opposed to using a scrub or cream exfoliating solution.

Nourishing balm

The main reason why beauty balms are in high-demand is because they moisturise the skin much better than a cream or spray formula. Not only are beauty balms packed with a variety of essential oils, but they nourish the skin and are gentle enough to use on all skin types. Apply a small amount of the balm to freshly cleansed areas and concentrate the solution to dry, cracked or problem areas.

Balancing mask

Another way to take advantage of all the benefits of your beauty balm is to use it as a balancing mask. This is another gentle way to deeply cleanse the pores without any vigorous scrubbing and exfoliating. Apply the balm with your fingers to freshly washed skin, and then cover your face with a hot muslin cloth. This allows the pores to open, and it is best to sit and relax for approximately 30 minutes until it’s done. Then just wipe off the balm with a muslin cloth. Skin will feel soft and cleansed after just one session.

What ingredients are used?

A large number of beauty balms use only organic ingredients with a high concentrate to restore smooth skin after just one application. Rosehip oil and jojoba oil are main ingredients since they are packed with antioxidants, which help to reduce redness, improve the appearance of skin, and moisturise dry patches.

Shea Butter: A nourishing ingredient which has the ability to soften skin and make it visibly smoother after continuous use. Keeps skin looking young and supple, regardless of age or sun damage.

Bees wax: Known to lock-in moisture and protect skin from various elements of everyday life. Bees wax is also a fantastic product to use in regards to skincare because it is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and won’t cause any breakouts or rashes.

Cocoa butter: High in vitamin E, this ingredient makes skin feel soft and smooth.

We recommend: Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, $73.95

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