Are you familiar with a face balm? It’s an ointment or balm used after your moisturizer to seal in nutrients and prevent water loss. Keep reading to see if you need one.
You’re probably pretty familiar with cleansing balms, which dissolve dirt and makeup at the end of the day. However, a face balm is used at the end of your regimen to act as a barrier function.
WHAT ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FACE BALMS?
Oily & Normal: Try Lush Cosmetics Ultrabalm. It’s made up of just three simple ingredients: jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. Jojoba oil mimics the sebum our skin produces, so it won’t irritate oilier types. Rose wax has deep softening properties that hydrates oiler types who routinely use drying acne washes and spot treatments.
Dry: Try Aquaphor Ointment. It’s a cheap thick balm with some nourishing ingredients like bisabolol (chamomile) and panthenol (a form of B5 vitamin). Though the petroleum and mineral oil may scare some away, the ointment is actually non-comedogenic.
HOW DO YOU USE A FACE BALM?
After cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing with your usual moisturizer, take a pea-sized amount of your face balm, emulsify it in your hands and apply a thin layer to your face. You can choose to pat or simply smear it on.
HOW EXACTLY DOES IT WORK?
A face balm locks in the moisturizing effects of your moisturizer, protects sensitive skin and helps repair the skin barrier of those with irritated, dehydrated skin. Yes, even oily skin can be dehydrated, causing it to produce even more oil.
SHOULD EVERYONE USE ONE?
Adding a face balm to your regimen depends on the current state of your skin. Do you love your current moisturizer but feel like you could use a little more hydration? Not interested in switching it up? A face balm would work. If you have red, acne-prone skin, a face balm might be the best thing you can add to your regimen because it nourishes the skin and helps immensely with scarring and dryness from acne meds.