Budget Beauty Buys: 4 Of The Best Affordable Cleansing Balms For Soft, Supple & Clear Skin

Amazing Affordable Cleansing Balms You Need To Know About – £11.00 & Under

Cleansing could probably be classified as my favourite beauty pastime. Standing in front of the bathroom mirror, gently massaging away a day’s worth of makeup and dirt, is cathartic and relaxing – as well as being the perfect pre-bedtime ritual and a great habit to get into. A great cleanse really is the basis of a great skincare regime, but often it’s overlooked in favour of its more glamourous counterparts or products that deliver powerful claims; get your cleansing routine right though, and the rest will follow effortlessly.

Some of my all-time favourite cleansing balms are from the likes of Clinique, Elemis and Emma Hardie, but inevitably they come with quite the price tag. Although I firmly believe investing in your cleansing routine is important, it can be hard to find more affordable alternatives if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far. But there are three that I’d recommend again and again to anyone looking for truly effective, affordable cleansing balms that leave their skin feeling great.

Budget Beauty Buys: 4 Of The Best Affordable Cleansing Balms For Soft, Supple & Clear Skin

Vitaskin Vitamin C Cleansing Balm* (£15.00)
You could be forgiven for thinking this was twice the price, but this 99% natural and 100% vegan cleansing balm really is only £15.00. The texture is beautifully rich and a little really does go a long way, helping to effortlessly lift away the day without stripping the skin’s surface. It doesn’t leave any noticeable residue, smells uplifting thanks to the citrus oils, and is enriched with Vitamin C to help brighten the complexion. All in all a great little cleanser and a brand that’s definitely worth checking out in Holland & Barratt.

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter* (£11.00)
I can’t tell you how many pots of this I’ve used over the years; it remains one of my budget go-to cleansers and is probably one of my most recommended products. The buttery texture is beautiful to apply to the face, gently working into a milky balm that lifts away every scrape of makeup and dirt without stripping the skin. Calming chamomile helps keep skin in check, while Olive Oil and Shea Butter help to hydrate the surface. There’s a reason it’s a best seller.

Budget Beauty Buys: 4 Of The Best Affordable Cleansing Balms For Soft, Supple & Clear Skin

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm (£9.99)
Formulated with oat kernel oil and oat powder to help maintain skin moisture levels, this is a really gentle cleansing balm that’s suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Oat is renowned as a calming ingredient, and this has it in abundance to help soothe away any inflammation or irritation. The rich texture is a pleasure to apply and massage over the skin’s surface, lifting away all traces of the day without any residue; the result is a clear, supple and radiant complexion that’s ready for a boost of targeted skincare. The Inkey List is all about keeping things simple, but this simple addition to my cleansing cupboard has exceeded all my expectations to the very last drop.

Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm (£7.50)
Exclusive to Cult Beauty, this hardworking balm-to-milk cleanser effortlessly melts away makeup and impurities to leave skin feeling smooth and supple. It’s lighter than many balms and therefore a great introduction to the category, but it still lifts away the day’s dirt and grime in one swoop. Enriched with Vitamin E, Eucalyptus, Apricot, Avocado and Clove Leaf Oil, this doesn’t scrimp on goodness – plus it’s cruelty-free, vegan friendly and nods to the ‘clean’ skincare trend. It’s almost identical in texture and result to my favourite Clinique Take The Day Off Balm (£25.00) too, so you know you’re onto a good thing with this.

Budget Beauty Buys: 4 Of The Best Affordable Cleansing Balms For Soft, Supple & Clear Skin

I’d happily use all of these affordable cleansing balms until the end of time, and would have no qualms recommending them to anyone looking to expand their beauty regime. Sometimes you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great product, and with these three the proof is in the metaphorical pudding.

Have you tried any of these four affordable cleansing balms?

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  1. Kay
    September 24, 2020 / 6:35 pm

    My daughter recommended the Body Shop camomile cleansing butter to me, once I tried it I never stopped. I love the way it melts off everything so easily, even eye make up. I had been using Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish for 20 years but have now swapped to this amazing product.

  2. Candice Sandler
    September 25, 2020 / 7:56 am

    The cleansing butter from the body shop is amazing!

    Candice x


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