We have frequently heard of Singaporeans using moisturisers and serums in their beauty regimens. Balms are very commonly used in overseas, yet very few of us in Singapore are using or have used balms on their skin. Many of us do use lip balms but are still unaware of the benefits that balms can provide for face and body. We hope to provide you an insight of what balms are and why we formulate balms.
What are Balms
Balms are anhydrous oil based products which contain no water. They are made using a blend of oil soluble ingredients such as oils, waxes, and butters. The consistency may be solid or semi solid. They will break down (melt) when massaged into the skin or upon contact with heat.
Benefits of Balms
We cannot emphasise enough why we only formulate anhydrous products. We want to avoid the use of preservatives because no preservatives are good for skin and health. Balms, being waterless, do not require preservatives to protect against mould, fungus, bacteria, or rancidity.
Balms are rich because they are made mostly of oils. In contrast, moisturisers are mainly water (60-80%). Compare 80% of oils in a balm with 80% of water in a moisturiser. Naturally, balms carry more nutrients. As balms are more concentrated, a little goes a long way; you will find using less of a balm than you would with a moisturiser.
Balms also create a long lasting occlusive layer on the skin, meaning they act like a protective layer, and prevent water loss from skin. In colder weathers, balms provide a thick barrier against the harsh chilly wind. In warmer weathers, they protect against sun damage and heal or calm skin.
Types of Balms
There are many types of balms:
- Lip balms
- Cleansing balms
- Face balms
- Foot balms
- Hand balms
- Treatment balms
- Body balms
- Massage balms
Depending on your skin concerns, choose the right balm to address the problem.
Misconception of Face Balms
Numerous customers raise the concern that they are worried the after-application of face balms will create an oily look. Some also fear the use of face balms may clog their pores. We want to clarify the misconceptions majority of us have on face balms. You will find that the balms are easily absorbed into the skin if the brands use good quality, cold-pressed vegetable oils (instead of mineral oils). In fact, only a little application of face balms daily is enough to make your skin glow and look dewy (rather than oily).
Pores are clogged due to several factors. When skin is not properly hydrated, it produces more sebum to lubricate itself, leading to sebum buildup and clogged pores. You may already be using creams or lotions as part of your beauty routine but you still experience clogged pores. Most mainstream moisturisers are made with a mixture of water, oils, waxes, and other water soluble ingredients. To bind the water and oils together and inhibit the growth of bacteria, emulsifiers and preservatives are used to stabilise the products. These added stabilisers are often the culprits to clogged pores. On the contrary, balms do not contain stabilisers because there is no water.
Proper usage of face balms keeps your face hydrated and moisturised, and your skin will flourish absorbing its rich nutrients. Always cleanse your face thoroughly first before applying the face balm on damp skin (mist with toner).
Oil Perfect’s Balms
Vitamin C Boost Face Balm is a highly nourishing and regenerating balm. Using oils high in antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and vitamins, it helps promote skin elasticity and even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and protect against free radical damage. It is infused with Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C) to boost skin radiance and fight premature ageing.
All Purpose Calming Treatment Balm is an intensive treatment balm that contains all the natural goodness to nourish and protect the skin. Combining numerous high emollient oils and soothing oils, it effectively moisturises and calms, unveiling soft and smooth skin.