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A look at the best cleansing balms available in India for all your double-cleansing needs.

Creating a skincare regime that’s both effective and performance-based is not easy. Whether it’s applying serums the right way, layering on products effectively, or choosing ingredients that bring in maximum results – it all starts with a good cleanse. And a good cleanse is about two things: Never stripping your skin barrier and double-cleansing to perfection every night. Aggressive face washes, especially foaming face washes, tend to leave your face dry and irritated. And the gentle ones leave on dirt, makeup, sunscreen remains overnight, which dehydrates the skin and clog pores. It’s a tricky space if you ask us. So here’s everything you needs to know about double-cleansing. 

What is double-cleansing?

Double-cleaning refers to cleaning your skin twice. Once with a balm or oil and second with a gentle face wash, depending on your skin type. But even with a good face wash and micellar water, you have to try another step, use an oil-based balm that can remove your foundation, mascara, remains of any sunscreen and work gently on your skin, nourishing and moisturising it. Double-cleansing is a miracle skin step if you use silicone-based skincare products regularly.

How to wash your skin

“Invest in your basics. Double-cleansing is important if you are regular makeup wearer and always use a pH-balanced face wash. You can also choose two cleansers: One with salicylic acid and the other to hydrate. If choosing a foaming cleanser, make sure it’s free of SLS,” advises Dr Geetika Mittal of Issac Luxe. The ground rule being, oily skin can work with foaming/gel face washes, normal skin can go with most face washes and dry skin with a lotion-based, creamy face washes.

How to cleanse with a balm

A good cleansing balm emulsifies and dissolves stubborn makeup and sunscreen giving your skin a breather. Want exceptional results? Massage over dry skin and not wet skin for good results. Secondly, use a steamy muslin cloth to remove leftover makeup.

We’ve put together 7 of the top cleansing balms in India that will make your double-cleanse fuss-free. All of them have been personally tested and tried by us, so you can be rest assured that they perform beautifully.

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, Rs 3,200

Almost seen as the best cleansing balm in India, the Clinique balm is as lightweight as they come. When applied, the balm turns into a silky oil, almost nourishing your skin while dissolving stubborn makeup. It’s not greasy or non-drying, and of course, removes sunscreen and makeup completely.

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Banila Co. Cleanit Zero Cleansing Balm, Rs 1,897

This cleansing balm is iconic in its own way, and we cannot help but mention it here. It melts away stubborn makeup in minutes and has a calming effect on you – so satisfying as the oil dissolves even the thickest foundations. It doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils and naturally exfoliates and brightens with vitamin C-rich acerola extract. It’s been a staple in our makeup kit for over a year and is perfect for women on-the-go.

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Pixi Beauty Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, Rs 2,500

Trust Caroline Hirons to get cleansing right and in her collar with Pixi, she has managed to create a unique offering. This unique 2-in-1 cleanser contains a solid cleansing oil/ balm on one side and a cleansing cream on the other side. The cleansing balm/oil contains Vitamin E that conditions the skin while Omega-rich Camellia Oil nourishes and softens the skin. And the Evening Primrose Oil can give you that calming and healing effect.

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm, Rs 3,000

Did you know that Estee Lauder has a good cleansing balm? Neither did we. But this micro purifying, micro revitalising balm is known to remove makeup and impurities effectively without disturbing your skin barrier. It’s a lightweight balm, almost silky smooth and beautifully glides on your skin letting your skin be cleansed without stripping it.

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Sapphire Botanics Strip Avocado Cleansing Balm, Rs 899

This indie label shocked us (in a good way!) with its avocado cleansing balm that is so smooth on the skin and removes makeup and makes your skin hydrated and moisturised to face the day. The skin appeared softer and well-nourished after using it, and the balm is addictive – it penetrates to give you a glow like no other.

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Plum E-Luminence Simply Supple Cleansing Balm, Rs 545

Let’s be honest it’s nice to have a good budget option to try if you are just about starting on your double-cleansing journey. And if you are dry-skinned, a cleansing balm is a lifesaver. The product contains eight plant waxes, oils, butters, and vitamin E that helps you melt dirt, makeup, and every other debris while keeping your skin well-moisturised and happy. It is, of course, non-drying, sulphate-free formula, and that means glowing skin. It also doubles up as a waterproof makeup remover.

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A. BY BOM Ultra Watery Eoseongcho Cleanser, Rs 2,830

Underrated and subtle, this A. By Bom cleanser is a blogger favourite. The Ultra Watery Eoseongcho Cleanser is an oil-based cleanser that comes off as balm, buttery, and silky on application. It contains Camilla oil and Chia seed extract that work to moisturise and hydrate the skin while the Eoseongcho extract can purify and clear pores.

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.