Why balms are the unsung beauty hero you need this winter

Just the word ‘balm’ evokes feelings of relaxation for me. And if there’s one unsung hero in skincare that I’ve recently rediscovered, it’s this humble product. They can be used to supercharge your skincare routine or rubbed into tired and sore muscles – which is particularly useful today, given it’s the London Marathon. 

Balms are dense blends – usually made up of fatty oils – which help to keep the skin supple but also give enough slip for a really good face or body massage.

Let’s start with face balms for skincare. If you’re not keen on using face oils at night, try a balm instead. Take a pinky fingernail-sized blob of face balm, warm through your fingers and massage on to the skin after cleansing. Usually the high oil content means you’ll get the ‘ahh’ factor, thanks to delicious-smelling aromatherapy. 

The nutrient-dense ingredients really help protect and soothe the

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