Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Since around December last year I have been making changes to my skin care routine…as gradually as I can but at the same time just paying attention to what my skin needs and so far it’s working out ok!

As much as I want to re-update my skin care routine blog, I want to give products a chance so I can review them properly and individually so I thought I would post about one product that has become a go-to product for me.

Having oily/combo skin I have always thought that I need to get rid of oils from my skin and not use oils on my skin!  I am finding now however that actually using the right type of ‘oils’ is helping my skin no end!

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is my new best friend!  I have used all kinds of makeup removers in the past and eventually I find that they either dry my skin out or make my eyes extremely dry and sometimes sore by the time I have attacked them with numerous cotton wool soaked pads with whatever lotion I’ve decided to use!

The whole ‘Double-Cleanse’ idea that I read on a blog by Caroline Hirons is one that again I didn’t think I would do…in part through thinking it’s just adding more time onto taking my makeup off and when I’m tired…can I really be bothered?  All I can say since I started doing it is ‘BE BOTHERED PEOPLE!!!‘  your skin will thank you for it!.   I only double-cleanse when I have been wearing makeup or at least SPF…other than that it would only be one cleanser…which I am still trying out which other cleanser I prefer so there’ll be another blog on that soon!

This cleanser is one that I tried the liquid version for lids, lashes and lips….and I didn’t like it.  I found it really drying around my eyes and it didn’t remove my eye make up even though it was meant to!

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This product is a solid white balm which as you apply it turns into a smooth oil and in my opinion is amazing!  I scoop a small amount from the solid balm and apply it to my whole face while it is dry (and still full of makeup or even just SPF).

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The most important part for me is that I can massage this around my eyes and it just demolishes my eye makeup including waterproof mascara and the fiber lash mascara if I have used that.   I then remove it with a flannel or muslin cloth and warm water.

I then apply a second cleanser, which at the moment is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam.  I then wash this off again with a cloth and pat my face dry.

My skin is clean and completely free of makeup…no more panda eyes which I have suffered even when I’ve used so called ‘eye makeup remover’ previously.

If I have not worn any makeup or SPF then I will just use the cleansing foam from the 2nd stage.  I am currently looking at other cleansers because my morning cleanser and this night time one from Estee Lauder both make my skin a little dry which is fine given how many serums and moisturisers I use afterwards but I have been reading all about using oil cleansers and that they can be great for my skin type so I will be back with an update on this when I have found one that I like.  I have re-visited the Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm so will be re-reviewing this!

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