I’m notorious for being a heavy packer, and even during my four-day trip home to see my family during the holidays, I overpacked just a little.
But, when it came to my beauty suitcase (kidding … beauty bag), I felt good about saving a little room by stashing my Stark Skincare Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm to take care of my oil cleansing and moisturizing needs.
I’m a huge proponent of the oil cleansing method. Typically, I remove makeup and clean my skin with coconut oil or jojoba oil (and sometimes a combination of others).
To prevent spillage and overpacking for my trip home, I instead tossed Stark Skincare’s concentrated, multipurpose balm into my bag to get me through nightly cleansing and keep my skin super moisturized during the wintry weather.
Stark Skincare’s Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm’s base is a combination of shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter, so in essence, I didn’t really give up my usual oil cleansing concoction.
Instead, I gained additional moisturizing ingredients as well as yummy-smelling grapefruit essential oils that offered a little olfactory pick-me-up as well as deep-cleansing astringent properties.
I also gained a bit of scrubby texture from the unrefined shea butter in the balm, which offers gentle exfoliation to keep flaky skin at bay.
(You can smooth out these microcrystals in the balm by either heating it in warm water or rubbing it until it dissolves — I personally love the texture and added bonus!)
Here’s the entire ingredient list:
Shea fruit butter, virgin coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, soybean butter, candelilla wax, camellia seed oil, sweet almond oil, arrowroot powder, orange peel wax, vitamin E, pure essential oils
To use the balm, simply scoop a dime-sized dollop (with clean, dry hands!) and warm it between your palms. Massage it into your skin, focusing on dissolving makeup around your eyes and lips. Next, use a warm wash cloth or skin shammy to remove the excess product and leave a light layer of moisturizing, healthy oils behind.
For extra cold, dry nights, I like to use Stark Skincare’s Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm under an oil or serum to get double moisturizing benefits. Dry patches always get me in the winter! I love the concentration in this balm, and an extra layer of oil just does wonders for my skin in this harsh weather.
Do you use concentrated, waterless balms in your natural beauty routine? Have you tried anything from Stark Skincare? Tell me your favorite multipurpose products and balms in the comments section!
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