Everything You Need to Know About Balm Moisturizers
Balms are solidified oils that sometimes also contain waxes and butters. They melt into a liquid when they come into contact with the warmth of your skin. Balms have been used for centuries to heal, moisturize, soothe, and nourish the skin. Unlike creams, true balms do not contain water.
Balms in the clean beauty world are quite different from conventional balms, which often contain petroleum jelly. Though petroleum jelly is generally considered safe to use once carcinogens have been removed, clean beauty balms nourish your skin with highly beneficial active ingredients that petroleum jelly just can’t compete with.
How to Use Facial Balms
Balms are typically the final step in your routine, used in place of a traditional moisturizer. They absorb best when applied to damp skin, and you generally need only about half a pea’s worth of balm for your entire face. Similar to creams, they provide an occlusive, nourishing, protective layer to your skin and seal in your other skincare products for optimal results.
The aromatherapeutic benefits of the oils that are often contained in clean beauty balms are what make the experience so special. They are designed to benefit not only your skin, but also your mind.
Balms are especially beneficial for anyone with dry skin, or those in cold/dry climates. Oils layer beautifully underneath balms, too, but keep in mind that you typically don’t need a cream and balm in the same routine. Still, there is a balm for every skin type. Read on to find out which product is right for you.
Facial Balms for All Skin Types
This is what we like to call the cure-all balm. It’s fantastic for every skin type. The blue color comes from blue tansy flower oil, which balances the skin, is anti-inflammatory, calms irritation, and delivers intense hydration. But blue tansy is only one of the many powerful ingredients in this salve.
Blue Cocoon also contains shea butter, which hydrates and naturally boosts collagen, and helichrysum essential oil, which works to kill bacteria and fungus on the skin, preventing issues like rashes and acne. It has a cult following, and for good reason.
Supercharged with botanical actives, this balm works to hydrate and brighten the skin, providing an overall more youthful appearance for all skin types. It contains hemp seed oil, which mimics our skin’s own oils and absorbs easily, as well as vitamins A and E to protect the skin from harmful free radical damage. Ultra-potent antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 can boost collagen and neutralize free radicals that cause aging, while collagen-boosting vitamin C ester, (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) helps brighten.
The Best Balms for Normal to Dry Skin
Boasting a luxurious, rich texture, this balm supports skin regeneration with its long list of organic, wild-harvested oils and extracts. An essential ingredient is Indian Senna Seed, considered “botanical hyaluronic acid,” which locks in moisture. This balm also contains shea butter, a collagen-boosting and hydrating ingredient, and blue tansy flower oil, our favorite calming, balancing, and hydrating oil.
This lightweight, herbal formula delivers moisture maintenance all year round. Shea butter provides deep hydration and boosts collagen, while red raspberry seed oil contains a powerful antioxidant that keeps skin firm by fighting free radicals and preserving collagen. It also contains neroli oil, which balances the skin and has powerful regenerative properties.
A Balm Designed Just for Dry Skin
With a simple but extremely powerful ingredient list, this balm is known for its deeply hydrating, anti-aging, and healing properties. Prickly pear seed oil restores the skin’s balance, imparts a luminous glow, and addresses signs of aging, both by plumping and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help with discoloration. Another one of its hero ingredients is green coffee bean oil, which nourishes and hydrates the skin to help prevent sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration.
Devan Jesmer, Dallas Store Educator | April 12, 2019