I have to admit that as soon as I saw the forthcoming RMK Moist Cleansing Balm I couldn’t wait to get it on my face. The cleansing ritual has become such a pleasure – I look forward to cleansing now in a way that I never did before. Asian routines were a bit of a mystery at first, it’s brought us so many new textures and a real involvement in the cleanse as a stand-alone beauty ritual that I am sure is paying off in terms of skin condition. RMK is an understated brand – there’s nothing shouty or splashy about it – it just quietly goes about its business making products that deliver and the RMK Moist Cleansing Balm is no different.
I guess you would say that this balm starts off with a very lightly waxy texture that changes to a thick-feeling liquid on your skin. Movement releases the oils (grape seen, jojoba and avocado) and a nuance of rosy scent. It’s similar to Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil but fractionally lighter in texture. I used a bit too much to start with – you need really only the size of a 5p coin I’d say – but it felt spectacularly emolient and did a perfect cleanse, leaving my skin feeling clean but with some suppleness left.
The older style cleansing balms (Emma Hardie et al) are great if you like your skin to be left with a film of comfort but the newer breeds are lighter in what they leave behind and you’re more likely to get a ‘squeaky’ clean feel from them – RMK Moist Cleansing Balm is a mid-point between old and new. It claims to take make up off – it did, but I didn’t have a whole lot on to start with so I have yet to put it to the full-face test.
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I know that RMK Moist Cleansing Balm doesn’t hit til April, but it’s an ideal transitional balm and if you’re loving the ritual of cleansing, well worth a try for its lighter feeling wax-balm texture. I don’t have a price on this one yet.
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