I have a problem, guys. This is a beauty-related issue, and so many are affected by this disease. You’ve probably already guessed it – beautycitis. It’s a common affliction for beauty addicts: that constant, never-ending itch to search and search for it. The perfect mascara (this doesn’t exist, I assure you). That long-lasting, foolproof foundation (this does exist; I’ll get back to you on it). You know what I mean.
For me, skincare has always been a constant struggle. I’ve had so many issues with irritation and acne over the years, but yet, I never learn my lesson. I should just stick to what I know will work and won’t bother my skin, but I just can’t help myself. And even though I know better, I’m still searching high and low for the unicorn product that will do exactly what it claims, yet won’t wreak havoc on my skin. So, now that it’s officially winter in Wisconsin, that means it’s time to put my exfoliating cleansers away for a while and turn to a cleansing balm for something a little kinder to my chapped skin.
Enter Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. Here’s what it says it does: “A nourishing cleansing balm that erases makeup and gently lifts away impurities caused by pollution, it leaves the skin hydrated and silky smooth.”
Normally, I straight-up never believe a product’s claims until I try it myself. Most things just don’t do what they say they’re going to do, or at least not completely. This thing though? This thing does. And does. And does some more. Like all cleansing balms, it starts out as a solid and then, after you use the nifty little spoon included in the packaging, it breaks down into this luxurious, spa-like oil. Oh my god, it smells like green candy. Or that earthy, sweet smell I only used to find in Aveda products (which I’ve learned through trial and error I absolutely can’t use if I want to avoid skin problems).
My skin isn’t quite at it’s winter peak yet, but even now, spreading it around my face feels like heaven. To clarify, I have combination skin, with it veering more on the oily side of all things combo, and so cleansing balms usually only work for me in the winter time when my skin gets dry and flaky from the arctic winds I love so much. The ones I’ve used in the past, like the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, have all been nice, but still left me feeling a little like my skin wasn’t really all that clean.
I definitely don’t have that feeling with this stuff. It’s not a squeaky-clean feel, but I’m still not sold on the idea that feeling is great for your skin anyway. This just makes my skin feel clean. Not overly dry. Not tight. Just cleansed and purified and ready for my precious Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil. It glides on like silk, just like the description says, and I felt like I was in a spa, getting a facial or something amazing like that. That whole experience adds up to your skin ready for the next step, but not stripped, and relaxes you as you finish your nighttime routine.
The only thing I wasn’t crazy about with this cleansing balm is that it does make my contacts a little cloudy, but that’s happened with any cleansing balm I’ve ever used. I think I’ll just chalk that up to the user, not the product 😉
If you’re interested in giving this a go, there’s a nice travel-sized version here. You won’t be sorry.