I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to a beauty routine. Who has time for lipliner and curling irons on a daily basis? I am, however, religious when it comes to skincare, especially proper cleansing.
That being said, I don’t want to spend ages each evening trying to remove stubborn mascara with cotton pads, wiping and holding and wiping and holding, hoping that I’ll still have lashes left by my 30th birthday.
A couple of years ago I tried the Dermalogica Precleanse Oil (my first experience with a cleansing oil) and my life changed! It was so incredibly easy to take off makeup – it literally just melted away as I massaged the silky liquid over my skin, inhaling the indulgent botanical scent. It knocked so much time and effort off my evening routine, and my skin was loving the nourishing, gentle cleanse.
Naturally I nearly fell off my chair when I heard that the iconic Precleanse Oil would be getting a sibling. So ladies and gents, say hello to the Dermalogica Precleanse Balm.
Why a balm?
Well have you ever travelled with an oil? It’s messy. No matter how securely you tighten that lid, oil has a way of creeping out and getting on everything (not that I mind really, this stuff smells insanely good). So a balm is so much more convenient.
Other than that, it’s really up to you. Personally I found that the Precleanse Balm and Oil are equally effective, it really just depends on what texture you prefer.
But why should you double cleanse?
The concept of double cleansing was pioneered by Dermalogica when the brand launched, though the actual Precleanse came later. Basically your standard cleansers just aren’t efficient enough to take off makeup, sunscreen, oil, and daily dirt all in one go (and any girl who has makeup stains on her towels knows the truth in this).
Cleansing oils and balms are a genius addition to your beauty routine because oil attracts oil. So longwear makeup, oils on your skin, water-resistant sunscreens and everything in between will break down when you use it, while a standard cleanser might take longer. Then you can follow with your normal cleanser to take off any residue, deeply cleanse and treat your skin for specific conditions.
How how does the Precleanse Balm work?
Essentially the Precleanse Balm works exactly the same as the Precleanse Oil. You’ll apply about an almond-size amount of product on dry skin, massaging it all over to break down makeup. I use it on my eyes as well without any issues, just be sure to remove contact lenses beforehand.
Once all your makeup has broken down, add a bit of water and the oil will turn into a milky emulsion. Give it another good rub-down, then rinse off and follow with a second cleanse.
The Precleanse Balm also comes with a soft, double-sided mitt that can be used with the balm for a more thorough cleanse.
But this is more than just a cleanser. The Precleanse balm contains a special Natural Biolipid complex that helps to reinforce the skin’s barrier while decreasing water loss, helping to keep your skin hydrated. They’ve also added Apricot Kernel Oil to help moisturise, and a blend of refreshing essential oils.
Can anyone use it?
Yes. The Precleanse oil and balm are both ideal for people who struggle with dry skin, but anyone can benefit from using it. It is a super gentle way of cleansing that melts off makeup without compromising your skin barrier.
And if you’re worried about using an oil on oily skin, remember that oil attracts oil, making this a great product to break down sticky sebum that might clog pores.
What does it cost?
The Dermalogica Precleanse Balm retails at R660 for 90ml (which will give you around 82 uses) or R210 for 15ml (which will give you 4 weeks of use). The mitt is included in the price of the full size product.
Win a Dermalogica hamper worth R1 240 with the new Dermalogica Precleanse balm and a 250ml Dermalogica cleanser of your choice. To enter, tell me why you need to double cleanse. Post your answers below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close 31 October 2017
This post was sponsored by Dermalogica