When you hear the words “Pixi skincare” I bet you think of just one thing – Glow Tonic! However, there is so much more to the Pixi skincare line and I am very happy to share my thoughts with you on one of the products in the range, the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm.
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Rich and luxuriously textured, this balm-to-oil cleanser melts away makeup & impurities for clear, glowing skin. It deep cleanses as it nourishes with added sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Leaves complexion feeling plumped & nourished.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (skin conditioning), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (emollient/skin conditioning/skin protecting), Cetearyl Isononanoate (emollient/skin conditioning), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/skin-repairing), Glyceryl Behenate (emollient/emulsifier/surfactant), Cetearyl Olivate (emulsifier), Sorbitan Olivate (emulsifier/surfactant), Glyceryl Stearate (emulsifier/emollient), Glyceryl Cocoate (emollient/emulsifier), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (emollient), Lecithin (emollient/water binding agent), Tocopherol (Vitamin E – antioxidant), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient/emulsifier/thickener/carrying agent), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Fragrance.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know of my struggles with cleansing balms. The first cleansing balm I tried, from a highly coveted and luxury brand, caused my skin to break out in painful bumps. The second, a slightly cheaper but perhaps more “natural” cleansing balm, was so difficult to remove it could have been used as an alternative to concrete. Two cleansing balms down and I was ready to give up. That was until the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm entered my life… *dramatic music*
As you can see, it is a solid balm in appearance. I died a little inside when I opened it up for the first time and I had to stick my grubby mitts in.
Whilst the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm at first glance appears to be a run of the mill cleansing balm, with its simple packaging and lard-like appearance, it is anything but.
Sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter are being hailed as the skin loving ingredients by Pixi and it is easy to see why. Sweet almond oil protects the skin from drying and improves the skin’s barrier function. Cocoa butter is a rich source of polyphenols; antioxidants that tackle free radicals. Caprylic/capric triglyceride moisturises, repairs and resists moisture loss. Shea butter is also another rich source of antioxidants. We also have yet another antioxidant in Vitamin E. Phew! What a tub of skin loving goodness this balm is.
How I Use This Product:
Step 1: First things first, I wash my hands with soap so that my hands are completely clean. I dry them thoroughly with a clean towel.
Step 2: With dry hands, I take a pea sized amount of the balm and I warm it up between my finger tips. It quickly melts into a slightly thick oil.
Step 3: Using my finger tips, I apply the oil in sweeping strokes upwards, not small circles. I feel that this balm works more effectively when used in a facial massage routine, and it certainly has enough “slip” to do so. Even though I remove my eye make up before I cleanse to avoid damaging my eyelashes, I do like to massage the balm around my eye area, especially if they are feeling tired after a long day of being on Twitter…
Step 4: When my skin feels thoroughly clean and massaged, I take a clean muslin cloth/flannel, soak it in warm water, squeeze out the excess water, and use the cloth/flannel to remove the balm. I have to say that simply splashing water on your face to remove the balm is futile, and you really will need a cloth of some sort to get it off.
After I have used this balm, my skin feels amazing. It feels so soft, hydrated and comfortable. I don’t feel that I desperately need moisturiser afterwards, although if I do use a moisturiser it absorbs well and it doesn’t sit on the surface.
Pixi recommend using this balm morning and night but I feel it is too heavy, and time consuming, for me to use as a morning cleanse. I prefer to use this just as a night time cleanse so that I can take the time to massage the balm in and give my skin a treat after a hard day’s work.
Pixi claim that this balm is suitable for all skin types but I am hesitant to back that claim up. I think oily skins may struggle with it, although if you do have oily skin and have got on with cleansing balms in the past it is up to you if you want to try it. You know your skin better than I do! My skin is combination at the moment, and this balm works well to give an effective, balanced cleanse. For those that have sensitive skin, there is fragrance included in the ingredients list, but the scent of the actual balm is not strong at all. I would say it is slightly floral. You can see that fragrance is the last ingredient in the list which means there will be a small amount present. During my ingredients check, I didn’t see any ingredients that caused me concern. Those with sensitive skin will know their personal triggers for their skin and will hopefully be able to make their own judgment as to whether this is a product for them.
I am very happy to say that I haven’t suffered any irritation or breakouts since using this balm – hooray! I feel that my skin is a lot happier since I began to use this balm regularly, as it encourages me to take my time cleansing and the facial massage techniques I have been using has definitely helped the appearance of my skin.
Even though I haven’t tried many cleansing balms, I am impressed with this particular one and I can see myself buying it again. It makes cleansing a real treat. In terms of price, it retails for £18. I think this is reasonable for a high end brand like Pixi. I will be investigating the rest of the Pixi range on HQHair – the Rose Oil Blend sounds b e a uuuutiful…
Have you given into the cleansing balm craze? What’s your favourite?