the Reads: Skin

Cleansers that soothe

the Antidote to... heavy, greasy cleansing balms

A clean face is a fresh start and a clean slate – and the best cleansing balms are not only deeply cleansing but deeply therapeutic, too, due to their stonkingly nourishing ingredients and all that wonderful massaging they need to do their job. Some balms even come with built-in exfoliators now, such as Diptyque Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £44 which is made with white clay and marble powder and can be used on wet skin to buff away the day or as an exfoliating mask on dry skin.

A hot cloth works wonders with this Ren cleanser, £16; Aurelia’s Refine and Polish, £57, is pricey but brimming with signature probiotic and peptide complexes said to balance and protect the skin. It also contains natural rice bran refining beads to dislodge dry skin cells gently, boosting circulation through good old-fashioned hands-on massage and skin-brightening BioOrganic oils that emulsify on contact with water. It smells gorgeous too, thanks to its essential oil blend of chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamot. You can also use it as a mask – powerful fruit enzymes are activated to exfoliate skindeeply by targeting dead surface cells.

For particularly sensitive skin (and souls, given the divine smell) indulge yourself with organic beauty queen Annie de Mamiel’s Botaniques Restorative Cleansing balm, £49. It’s super-silky, and also has skin-friendly probiotics, anti-bacterial Manuka and nourishing kukui, Moringa and calendula oils. Like its creator, it’s a beautiful, gentle, ritualistic approach to beauty.