BALMS IN SKIN CARE
A balm is a wonderful composition of nourishing vegetable oils, plant butters and waxes. Have you ever used a high-quality balm? Then you know that it feels smooth on the skin and instantly softens and soothes.
Balm figuratively means relief for physical and/or emotional pain. The term balm is related to words such as soothing, ointment, comfort, cheering up and benefit. Hence, of course, the saying "balm for the soul."
Here you can find out what benefits a balm brings to your daily care routine, what ingredients it is made of, what properties and modes of action it has, and how to correctly use a balm.
WHAT IS A BALM MADE OF?
All types of creams, lotions or balms are designed to maintain the skin's moisture balance, protect it and make it soft and supple. The biggest difference of a balm from most other emulsions is that it usually does not contain water. This also makes it somewhat firmer in consistency and more "rich" in its nourishing effect.
The composition of a balm can be done in many ways:
- A soothing balm made from high-quality ingredients usually consists of vegetable oils, plant butters and often also a wax, ideally in each case from controlled organic cultivation.
- The ingredients that give the balm its slightly firmer consistency are the butter and wax, as they are solid at room temperature.
- A simple balm can already be made with a mixture of almond oil, cocoa butter and beeswax. Gently warming the lipids adds a soft and melt-in-the-mouth balm when cooled.
- Biological lipids and waxes consist of essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants and secondary plant substances. This composition gives a balm its nourishing and protective effect.
- Other oil-based active ingredients are often added to a balm, such as vitamin E oil, essential oils or macerates (plant extracts in oil).
- If a balm does not contain water, its formulation does not need to be supplemented with a preservative. Always make sure to remove some balm from your jar only with a dry and clean finger or a spatula.
- Added vitamin E oil protects the oils and at the same time the skin from environmental influences and oxidative processes.
- Even a small amount of water can be used in a balm. For this purpose, an emulsifier is used, which combines all the lipid components of the balm with the water, creating an emulsion.
- It is also possible to integrate the water component directly when using the balm. Simply mix a small amount of balm with a moisturizing serum and blend both components into a rich and hydrating emulsion.
- You can also apply a moisturizer first and then a balm for a protective and softening treatment.
- Preservatives must be added to a balm that contains water to protect against microbial contamination.
You can find out exactly what an emulsion is, why it needs to be preserved and what the differences are between emulsions in our article "Emulsions in cosmetics" read up.
Moisturizers are often formulated with a high water content, to which usually only small amounts of emollients, e.g. shea or cocoa butter, are added. Daily use of a moisturizer may be sufficient for normal, combination or oily skin. However, for the care of dry, sensitive or mature skin, whether seasonal or natural, a moisturizer is often not enough to keep the skin adequately hydrated and protected from the elements. This is where balms come into play.
BALM FOR YOUR SKIN
Balms are known to be soothing, very moisturizing and softening. As a rule, they are the last step in skin care in the evening. In the morning, it is recommended to apply a thin layer of balm under a sunscreen as the penultimate step.
The properties and modes of operation of a balm as a skin care:
- Balms soothe especially dry and slightly scaly skin. Depending on the formulation, they have a cooling and soothing effect.
- For dry, sensitive and mature skin types, even a small amount of balm is usually enough for intensive care for the face, neck and décolleté.
- With the fine lipid film that balms form on the skin, they protect the skin from external influences such as cold or dry air and thus prevent transepidermal water loss.
- Due to the water-repellent film formed by the lipids and wax, a balm protects the skin from the drying effect of water, for example, when swimming or in the shower.
- A mild balm serves as a protective eye care. The delicate skin around the eyes is not irritated, but protected and cared for. Due to the smoothing effect, and thus the increased elasticity, the formation of fine lines can be mitigated.
- A balm is particularly suitable for very dry and scaly skin. It can be used as a supportive mild care for psoriasis, neurodermatitis and other eczema.
- Scars and stretch marks can be softened by regular massage with a little balm. It can also be used regularly to prevent scars or stretch marks. For the prevention of stretch marks, e.g. in case of special stress, and the treatment of scars, the balm unfolds its effect best when massaged in.
- A balm can be used on the face but on the body as skin care and is very compatible. Dry skin is immediately softened and tenderly cared for and a pleasant skin feeling is created.
- A balm can replace a cream, especially if you like rich care. Before that, a moisturizing care should be used.
- A balm has a creamy, slightly oily texture and leaves the skin feeling soft and saturated. With a really small amount used, there is no greasy or sticky film.
BALSAM BENEFITS FOR YOUR CARE ROUTINE
With a skin care balm you can complement your skin care routine in many ways. A mild and fragrance-free balm offers many uses for many minor skin problems and is suitable for the face and body.
Application for particularly dry skin areas
Very dry skin in the area of the elbows, shins or feet, benefit especially from the intensive care of a balm. Due to the softening effect, cracks or inflammations are prevented and the skin also becomes visually softer immediately. Possible itching due to extremely dry skin is quickly alleviated.
A high-quality organic balm can also provide quick relief for dry and chapped lips. A rich fatty acid spectrum helps the skin retain moisture, while the contained vitamin E soothes irritations caused by dryness.
A balm for cleansing
To clean sensitive skin areas, it is not always necessary to use soap and water. Oils reliably dissolve dirt without unnecessarily irritating the skin. To do this, take some balm, rub the skin area with it and remove the dissolved dirt with a lukewarm, damp cloth. In this way, the skin is gently cleaned and not burdened by surfactants.
If any oil residues are to be additionally removed, the use of a very mild cleaner is advisable.
More benefits of a balm in your skincare routine:
- A small amount of balm can be wonderfully used as a makeup base or protective day care, after the application of a moisturizer. This balm can be applied well under sunscreen, especially for dry and dehydrated skin, and prevents a premature feeling of dryness.
- But also as night care, it makes the skin supple and provides that certain glow the next day
- As intensive care, a balm keeps the cuticle supple and can prevent cracks, inflammation and calluses. Healthy nail growth can be promoted by a well-groomed and soft cuticle.
- As an intensive lip care, the properties of a balm can take effect and quickly repair rough and chapped lips. Just before going to bed, the balm can be applied and act as a lip care overnight.
- Eyebrows are also happy about an intensive treatment with the balm. With long-term use, they become fuller and grow back stronger.
- The same applies to the eyelashes. Through regular care with a balm, they become more elastic and no longer break off so easily. The nourishing ingredients promote growth and can gain fullness over a few weeks.
- As a nourishing booster, a small or larger amount can be mixed into the day cream, night cream, serum or body lotion. This increases the moisturizing benefits of a cream in no time at all.
- A balm is very suitable to give more shine to dull hair and split ends. It can be washed out with a mild shampoo without leaving any residue. The balm can be used in small doses either for styling or leave on overnight.
- For flaky and itchy scalp, a little balm can be massaged into the scalp and best of all develop its nourishing and softening effect on the scalp overnight.
TIPS & NOTES FOR SKIN CARE WITH BALSAMES
- The consistency of a balm can change depending on the temperature. For example, if it gets very cold, the consistency of the balm becomes somewhat firmer. At cold temperatures, the cocoa butter contained in the balm forms fine crystals, creating tiny lipid beads in your balm. You can simply melt these in the palms of your hands.
In principle, a balm behaves in the same way as other solid lipids, such as coconut oil, which tends to be soft at room temperature and becomes firmer at cold temperatures. However, these changes in consistency have no effect on the wonderful care effect of your balm.
- In principle, it makes sense to increase the absorption capacity of lipids by using a moisturizing product beforehand. A well moisturized skin allows subsequent products to penetrate the skin much faster.
Intensive moisture for the skin is provided by e.g. the Hydrating Serum or the Balancing Toner from LIPID GLORY's waterline. The Hydrating Serum is a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid and the Balancing Toner, our moisturizing spray, has a balancing effect with niacinamide.
SKIN CARE ROUTINE WITH A BALM
Balms are "highly concentrated" oil-based and very productive care products. A tiny amount is often enough for the entire face and neck.
To use a balm, simply take a small amount on your finger and rub it in your hands until you get an oily substance. Then gently massage it into the skin.
We recommend toning your skin with a water-based product to prepare it for the balms. After moisturizing, your skin can better absorb the subsequent care.
Care steps of a mild and effective routine, with a balm, for morning and evening:
- Start your grooming routine with a Cleansing balm. Take a small amount between the palms of your clean hands, melt the balm and massage your skin with gentle movements, feel free to take your time for this step. On contact with water, a rich cleansing milk is created. Add one or two drops of water directly as it melts, or keep adding moisture throughout the massage.
- Remove the resulting cleansing milk with lukewarm water and then gently dry your face. It is best to pat your skin dry with a clean towel without rubbing. A mild cleansing makes your skin ready for the application of regulating and hydrating products.
- Always apply your moisturizers starting with the most watery form. This means, for example, that you first apply a very watery toner and then a light gel serum.
- Apply a small amount of balm on the prepared, moistened skin, so it can be better massaged in.
- Or mix your individual emulsion. Our LIPID GLORY oil serums and balms can be mixed with the Hydrating Serum to create an emulsion according to your needs. Place a few drops of oil and one or two pumps of Hydrating Serum in the palm of your hand and mix with your fingers. Voila, a rich cream or a light fluid that absorbs quickly is created.
- Gently apply the balm or emulsion to your skin with light massaging movements to facilitate absorption. A gentle massage stimulates the blood circulation of your skin.
LIPID GLORY BALMS
Our balms are made of natural ingredients that gently nourish the skin by their composition. Our balms offer great benefits: they nourish, soften and protect the skin from water loss. All ingredients used are from organic farming.
We recommend our Soft balm, to revitalize dry skin. It consists of only 5 compatible and rich ingredients:
- Beeswax: Dermoprotective and natural moisturizer for the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
- Cocoa butter: Regenerates, moisturizes and soothes. Protects against free radicals and is rich in antioxidants.
- Coconut and almond oil: Organically grown plant oils rich in nutrients, moisturizing, regenerating and soothing.
The balm contains as the last and fifth ingredient vitamin E oil, which has a skin-protecting function against free radicals. You can use our balm on the whole skin, it is especially suitable for dry and sensitive skin. For mild irritations, our gentle balm soothes small wounds or cracks caused by dryness or dehydration.
To care for your dry skin in depth, we also recommend our Glory Balm with ingredients from controlled organic cultivation. This balm contains cell-regenerating care oils, organic beeswax and softening cocoa butter. It protects the skin from environmental influences and moisture loss.
- Pomegranate seed oil: Skin regenerating vegetable oil, rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. Increases skin elasticity and is rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Wild Rose Oil: Strengthens the skin barrier, stimulates cell regeneration and is very well tolerated. Moisturizes and protects against free radicals.
- Other ingredients: Beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond, argan and macadamia nut oil, vitamin E oil.
This balm is the perfect base for care before makeup and sunscreen. As a night care, it softens and moisturizes the skin for the new day.
Create your own grooming routine!
Our LIPID GLORY collections consist of mild and effective products. We have the right skincare line for every skin type, providing all the essential steps of a skincare routine.
All raw materials used come primarily from controlled organic cultivation or are ecologically responsibly obtained. LIPID GLORY is designed to regulate and strengthen your skin's protective barrier, intensively moisturize your skin, and protect and keep it supple with plant lipids.
Mild and effective products for a simple care routine with our balms for a rather dry, sensitive or mature skin:
- Cleans mildly and thoroughly
- With gentle clay and mild emulsifiers
- Non-irritating, non-drying and gentle on the skin's protective barrier
- Reliably removes makeup, dirt, sweat and sunscreen
- Has regulating properties
- Balances the pH and soothes the skin
- Contains the multifunctional active ingredient niacinamide
- Contains moisturizers aloe vera powder and glycerin
- Intensive moisture with antimicrobial effect
- With low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid
- Absorbs immediately, does not stick, does not roll off
- Helps regulate inflammation
- Intensive balm with organic oils and organic beeswax
- Nourishes soft and supple and supports cell renewal of the skin
- Protects against environmental influences and prevents moisture loss from the skin
- Balm for irritated and sensitive skin with 5 ingredients
- With organic oils and organic beeswax
- Also suitable for the sensitive baby skin
- Nourishes the skin soft and supple and protects it from environmental influences
If you have any questions about Humectants in your skincare routine, feel free to contact us!
We wish you much joy with your feel-good moments, patience and gratitude with your skin.