Balms, moisturisers and face oils. What’s the difference between all these variations?
In general, the difference between a balm, moisturiser and face oil is its consistency and thickness.
Facial oils typically contain essential fatty acids (Omegas and others), vitamins, and antioxidants with important skin benefits. Facial oils mimic the natural sebum production of our skin, which in turn helps balance our own oil production.
Moisturisers are meant to be lightweight and are, therefore, formulated with a high percentage of water, to which are added emollients (Shea or cocoa butter among the most common). They’re meant to hydrate the topmost layers of the skin. Using a daily moisturiser is just right when you have normal, combination or oily skin. But for treating dry skin, whether seasonal or more inherent to the skin, a moisturiser is not enough to deliver adequate moisture and protection from the elements. This is where balms come in.
Face balms are solidified oils that melt into a liquid when they come into contact with the warmth of your skin. Unlike moisturisers, balms are anhydrous, meaning that they contain no water. They provide a more robust and nourishing protective layer to your skin, sealing in your skincare for optimal results while shielding from external elements such as cold or dry air. Balms are known to be healing, calming, ultra-hydrating, luxuriously thick, and are usually the final step in the skincare regimen.
There are many different types of masks and balms on the market, ranging from hydrating, to drying and even brightening, which makes them useful for all skin types. Done weekly, you’ll see a change to skin, and breakouts will have a chance to dry up and heal.
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