Cleansing Balm vs. Cleansing Lotion

With so many cleansing options available it can be hard to decide which one is best for your skin. Regardless of the method you choose, cleansing is the important step number one in a skincare routine for healthy, nourished skin. Let’s find out what separates a balm from a lotion and the benefits of each. 

Why should we cleanse? 

This may seem obvious, but cleansing your skin is important for two reasons. Firstly it removes grime, dirt, oils, and dead skin cells, helping to unclog pores and keep your skin in its best health. Secondly, a thoroughly cleansed face will be able to absorb your skincare products better, allowing vitamins, minerals and active ingredients to get into your skin layers and work efficiently. 

Cleansing Balm 

Cleansing balms do a wonderful job of effectively removing make up, natural oils, dirt and grime. The reason they are so good at doing this is down to the mixture of oils and emollients in the ingredients. The solid texture will melt onto the skin once warmed up in the hands and applied to the face. Due to the oils used, cleansing balms are especially good for those with dry skin, but the hydrating and nourishing nature of a balm means it can be used by all skin types.  

ishga Marine Cleansing Balm is a naturally powerful cleanser made using our unique Hebridean seaweed extract. It also contains shea butter and carnauba wax, both of which are non-comedogenic meaning they won't block pores whilst providing moisture boosting properties to the skin. It also contains almond oil which is an excellent emollient for hydration. 

Suitable for: All skin types, especially those with dry skin. 

Cleansing Lotion 

Often referred to as milk or cream cleansers, cleansing lotions are usually water based, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin. A Cleansing Lotion is great for removing dirt and grime without stripping the skin of the natural oils it needs to keep the skin hydrated. Cleansing lotions are suitable for all skin types and can be a gentler, lighter alternative to balms. 

ishga Active Cleansing Lotion provides effective results whilst remaining gentle on the skin. Using Hebridean spring water in combination with seaweed extract, the cleansing lotion also contains aloe vera which hydrates, soothes and calms the skin. It’s Ideal for reducing redness and inflammation whilst promoting a refreshed and even skin tone. 

Suitable for: All skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. 

Double cleanse for super clean skin 

If you want to give your skin the best cleanse you can then doubling up is the way to go. Start with applying Marine Cleansing Balm, which will get deep into pores and lift out dirt, make-up, and excess oils. Follow up by applying ishga Active Cleansing Lotion. A spritz ofHebridean Marine Tonerto follow will rebalance the pH of your skin, and you are then ready to finish with a serum (optional) and moisturiser or face oil. 

All ishga cleansers work effectively to naturally clean and nourish the skin. Whether you prefer a balm or lotion is personal preference and dependant on how your skin reacts to them. If you’re not sure which is for you, why not visit one of ourspa partners for a consultation or discover our smaller30ml Active Cleansing Lotion size to try out first.