Yes seriously. And it’s based on scientific fact. It’s the simplest step in your skincare routine yet THE most important to your skin health. Facts which make this step extra easy to overlook. This week I’ve been ‘doing it’ 😂 with the Juno and Co Cleansing Balm.
My friend, how you cleanse your skin is exponentially important. A heck load of cleansers are scientifically proven to work against your skin health… however, it’s impossible for a cleansing balm to ‘do it wrong’.
(obviously, all cleansing balms are female 😉)
Which makes adding the right, affordable cleansing balm to your skincare routine the easiest change you can make to get your best skin. Yes really.
In the next few minutes you’re about to find out – what I scientifically think about Juno and Co Cleansing Balm, why in my opinion cleansing balms are the best type of cleanser for your skin’s long term health and how cleansing balms are proven to ‘do it better’. Wahoo.
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What Cleansing Balms Do?
We start at the beginning. Cleansing balms like any kind of cleanser, clean your skin of impurities, pollution particles, dust, old dead skin cells and more – at least this is what marketing teams will tell you 😉. What you’re not likely to hear when you read about any kind of cleanser is that cleansers are takers.
They take, take, take in this skin-ship (the technical word for being in a relationship with an inanimate skincare object).
Designed to remove;
- Pollution particles – important for anti-ageing and prevention of hyperpigmentation
- Excess skin oil
- Pollen/environmental allergens
- Chocolate cake crumbles (how did they get on my face?)
- And more
They can also end up removing and take, take, taking;
- Layers of your skin barrier
- Your skin’s protective acid mantel (helps stop dry skin. Prevents acne and spots.)
- Too many of your skin’s natural oils – if your skin’s ever felt squeaky clean this has happened to you
- Your skin’s precious oil-soluble anti-ageing antioxidants
Which (you guessed it 😀) is not good.
But cleansing balms ‘do it differently’.
Cleansing balms use ingredients which are super similar to your skin’s top layers.
Psst – your skin’s top layers are almost exclusively oil-based, made up of a mix of fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol.
Whereas face wash products hungrily eat up your skin’s natural oils because they don’t have any of their own.
Psst – cleansing balms are made up almost exclusively of oil, they’re not ‘hungry’ for oil because they’re made from oil and so they can actually also give a little back to your skin too.
Meaning a cleansing balm can help;
- Protect your skin barrier
- Protect and replenish your skin’s natural oily (but don’t look oily) layers
- Keep your skin’s antioxidant balance happy
AND the most important fact…
How to Prevent Dry, Dehydrated Skin With a Cleansing Balm
As cleansing balms are oil-based – they don’t have a pH level which means they can’t interfere with your skin’s protective acid mantle.
Fact – when your skin is dry or chronically dehydrated it’s highly likely your skin’s pH level has been upset.
Take a peek at some of this science factoid;
Skin surface pH showed significant higher values in the group with atopic eczema… With increasing skin dryness there was a significant increase in pH values.Acta Derm Venereol. 2000 May;80(3):188-91.
De science-gooking time – all this means is that if your skin gets less acidic (i.e. a higher pH level) than it needs to be your skin’s going to be dryness prone and always dehydrated.
A cleansing balm like the Juno and Co Cleansing balm can help because… it doesn’t have a pH level – that’s because it contains almost no water and pH is only a thing for water-based products.
So is the affordable Juno and Co Cleansing Balm (£13/$14.95) I’ve been using this week any good?
Juno and Co Cleansing Balm Review
Eek, I’m excited to share this with you. Cleansing balms can be a dream to use, or they can be a sticky, don’t wash away nightmare. It all depends on the ingredients they’re using.
The Juno and Co Cleansing Balm, nicknamed the ‘Clean 10 Cleansing Balm’ is a beautifully simple, soft buttery formula which transforms into a massageable oil quickly after application (yay – it’s not the sticky kind). This makes it easy to use with no extra friction or rubbing of your skin (maskne’s taught us exactly what an excess of this will do to your skin).
And then, when you splash your face with water, Juno quickly turns to a ‘milk’ meaning again, you don’t need multiple cotton pads to wipe and tug at your skin with.
I’m also so happy to say when it comes to makeup removal one use of the Juno and Co Cleansing Balm has you covered. Foundation, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, sunscreen – boom – gone.
But is the affordable Juno and Co Cleansing Balm one you should try? Let’s peek a bit closer eh…
Juno And Co Cleansing Balm Ingredients List
The 007 secret to answering this question is one we’re going to find in the ingredients list and here it is;
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate (first on the list meaning there’s most of this ingredient in the formula!) – this is what we scientists call an emollient oil aka a skin conditioning oil – excellent for dry skin types – but not great if you have acne as it ranks high on the comedogenicity scale
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – derived from coconut oil, it’s also a skin conditioning oil – excellent for dry/dehydrated/combination skin types
- PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate – ultra-gentle cleansing active aka an active that mixes water and oil together – this makes Juno and co cleansing balm easy-peasy to wash away because it turns to a milk when in contact with water
- Synthetic Wax – a wax – helps make this balm, balmy
- Polysorbate 85 – mild and gentle cleansing active/emulsifier aka bonds together water an oil
- Saccharomyces/Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Ferment Filtrate – taken from a broth of yeast popped into pearl barley, can think of this like a prebiotic with some antioxidant/skin moisturising benefits – although keep in mind – most of what’s in a cleanser gets washed away from your skin – it’s why I don’t recommend you ever pay more than £20 for an affordable cleansing balm
- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil – fragrance – it took me a while to figure out but this smells like chocolate orange 😋 – if you’re sensitive to fragrance the Juno cleansing balm is not for you
- Tocopheryl Acetate – aka vitamin E an anti-ageing antioxidant – psst if you want to get your eyes on 5 of the best anti-ageing antioxidants, grab your free copy of my 5 Best Anti-Ageing Actives here
- Water (you know this guy eh ;))
- Butylene Glycol – humectant moisturiser meaning it locks itself to water – there’s a teeny tiny bit here, it’s likely included because it’s mixed up with one of the other ingredients in this list – like buying a cake – that cake comes with flour, eggs, sugar…
The bottom line – if you have a dry, often dehydrated or a combination skin type that’s not severely acne-prone or sensitive to fragrance then yes, yes, yes Juno and Co Cleansing Balm is one I wholeheartedly recommend you try out – and you can buy it here.
Psst – here are some factoids about Juno Cleansing Balm I think you will love 😍 to know.
Juno Cleansing Balm Facts
#1. This is a great dupe for the much more expensive Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (£28/$34)
If you’ve used it and love it, you should absolutely try the Juno cleansing balm as an affordable alternative.
Because, wahoo, both use extremely similar ingredients.
- Both use ethylhexyl palmitate as their top oil
- Both use caprylic/capric triglyceride
- Both use a very similar, ultra-gentle cleansing active
- Both have antioxidant vitamin E
- Both are simple, yet super effective formulas – Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm has 9 ingredients, Juno and Co Cleansing Balm as 10 ingredients
#2. The Juno ‘clean’ cleansing balm has no preservatives in the pot
Great if you want to avoid them or are sensitive to preservatives. Oils and low water products don’t ‘need’ preservatives because – for bacteria to grow, they need water (just like us 🙂). That’s why you’ll never see fur growing on top of olive oil, but you will see it on top of strawberry jam (or any kind of jammy goodness, bacteria aren’t fruit-ist 😂).
Watch out – be careful to use the spatula which comes with the Clean 10 Cleansing Balm – this means you won’t be adding any bacteria or moisture from your hands into the pot.
#3. There’s no need to wash your face after the Juno cleansing balm
…because you’ve already washed your face with the cleansing balm. Any impurity on your skin is either going to be water or oil soluble and because the Juno Cleansing Balm contains gentle cleansing actives which mix oil together with water – it’s super effective at cleansing away both.
If you’ve never used a cleansing balm before this can feel counterintuitive because we associate water with cleaning stuff. But actually, balm cleansers can be even more effective plus ultra-protective of your skin health. After you start using one it’s super likely you’re going to feel like you’ve been ‘doing it’ wrong 😉 for all these years.
#4. The Juno Cleansing balm is good for makeup removal
In fact, it’s fantastic and for this scientific reason – most makeup contains some type of oil and in science, we have this principle of, ‘like dissolves like’ meaning oil dissolves oil and water dissolves water.
Gentle face wash products which don’t have aggressive cleansing actives can struggle to remove makeup because face wash is mostly water-based and water can’t dissolve oil. That’s why many face washes contain aggressive cleansing actives.
But there is another way, and it’s THE reason why ‘women who do this step have the best skin’ 😀 – you can use a cleansing balm instead. A balm which is mostly oil-based and therefore naturally dissolves away makeup without the need for aggressive cleansing actives. Wahoo.
If you’ve been wondering are cleansing balms good for makeup removal? Now you have the answer my friend. Yes, yes, yes.
Psst, if you have a question about the Juno and Co Cleansing Balm, leave it for me in the comments below.
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Cheryl Woodman is a scientist, skin health expert & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim’s to help you get healthier, happier skin you feel comfortable, confident and like the freakin’ awesomesauce you are in. Select the option which best describes your skin health here to see and hear the amazing transformations you could be getting.