Balmy Army: Is This the Moisture Revolution?
I've had a rough relationship with my skin, we just don't always know what's right for each other. Like that time when I thought I was too shiny to add an oil to my routine, or when I forget to take my makeup off at night! And we definitely don't always want the same thing — I aim for smooth and matte, while my skin wants super sheeny. But, like all long-term relationships, we have our good times too. I've just added a new skincare product to my routine and I swear it's been like therapy for me and my skin — we're in a honeymoon stage right now.
Let me explain: for my job I'm lucky I get to try lots of different products and treatments, it's a double-edged perk and peril though, as you always have to change up your skincare, even if you've found something you love. I'm a massive fan of Omnilux and an enzyme peel (Melanie Grant does the best combos), but I change up my skincare products a lot.
Recently I've been blown away by a new type of skincare product: a balm. I've already had my moment with cleansing balms, and now I've evolved to love a treatment balm. Well, to be technically accurate it's an emollient, a water/oil hybrid, called Baume 27 Bio-Energising Cell Repair Balm ($200). It's part of Mecca's cult beauty range Trove, and it's not cheap. But it's so worth it. I have to admit, one of my best friends is a Mecca junkie and she was the one who introduced me to it. It's comforting, it's creamy, it's nourishing and it's made my skin feel amazing.
You use it like a moisturiser on top of your serum or treatment products, and it helps them penetrate your skin (basically making your other skincare work harder and better). So in the name of all that is skin research, I contacted the founder of M.E. Skinlab Michèle Evrard, to get the science and info behind this wizardry. Read on to hear what she has to say about balm and emoliants, the benefits you can get, and how you should be using one in your routine.