Along with umpteen lipsticks, numerous handcreams, a few rogue hairbands and a trusty tangle-teezer, there is something I will always have with me in my handbag or makeup case for when I am on the go, or stocked up next to me in my bedside table – a good, multi-purpose balm! I love balms and I’m not just talking about lip balms but those little tubs of magic that soothe and relieve a plethora of ailments. Here are my two current faves.
First up is the new Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm* (£26) which is an incredible multi-tasking product that can be used as a soothing balm for problematic dry skin anywhere, a quick ten minute face mask or an intensive overnight treatment. Since being pregnant I have suffered from stubborn dry patches along my jawline that no amount of scrubbing or moisturiser will seem to soothe. This balm however has really improved my skin around this area and instantly relieves any dryness and is easy to pop on under your night cream as your head to bed. Not only is it great for your face but can also be used on dry cuticles, chapped lips, scaly elbows, unruly brows…literally anywhere! The formula feels luxe and lightweight and easily, as the name suggests, melts into your skin without leaving a greasy residue. It is silky-smooth and nourishing and a little goes a long way so this little tub should last me for quite some time. The Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm is a solid oil balm that melts on contact with the skin. It contains a triple blend of Apricot Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Macadamia Oil so offers you a heavenly helping of goodness that will soothe and relieve dehydrated and dry skin in an instant.
The second tub of wonders I have been using comes from a brand that I wasn’t aware of before, Moa, and is aptly named The Green Balm* (£12.50). This is another life-saving, multi-tasking product that is an essential for when I am on the go, travelling or just in need of some TLC for my skin as I climb into bed. Crammed full of good things such as organic yarrow, tea tree oil (nature’s great antiseptic), beeswax, coconut, sweet almond and soya bean oil, it is such a handy little pot to have on standby to soothe a whole host of problems. Being 100% natural it is kind on even the most sensitive skin and can be used to treat cold sores and chapped lips, calm weathered skin, used as an aftershave balm, a facial cleanser or heal cut and grazes. The list is pretty impressive and I have found The Green Balm a real treat to use – the tea tree properties are great at combating and relieving spots and pimples and the nourishing oils work wonders at soothing and moisturising dry hands, nails and cuticles. Rumour has it that this balm is also pretty useful at helping stretch marks fade after pregnancy and can be used as an overnight hair treatment on dry ends as well as a gentle, effective eye makeup remover. The possibilities are endless and I am hooked on it!
Are you balmy about balms like me? Which ones do you always have nearby for when you need some skin TLC?