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Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm Review
If you’re into skincare, you’ve definitely heard of the term double cleansing. It may even be something that you do and incorporate into your skincare routine. Basically, double cleansing is using a cleansing agent such as an oil, balm, or micellar water to remove makeup, dirt, and grime. Afterward, you cleanse your face once more — but this time, with a lathering cleanser and water.
Double cleansing ensures that the first step completely removes your makeup and that you’ve lifted off the accumulated dirt on your face, while the second step is a more thorough way that makes sure your skin is truly clean. Double cleansing gained prominence in K-beauty skincare routines, so it’s not a surprise that the majority, if not all, Korean beauty brands have their own line of cleansing balms and oils.
Beauty brand Glow Recipe isn’t one to be left behind. Introducing the Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm, Glow Recipe’s own first step cleanser. Check it out.
When Should I Use a Cleansing Balm?
Cleansing balms are usually solid in form and melt into oil when warmed up and massaged on the skin. They’re utilized to clean makeup, grime, sweat, excess sebum, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin. It’s best to use these balms as a first-step cleanser before a lathering cleanser. They emulsify into liquid once rinsed with water.
About the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
Glow Recipe describes the Papaya Cleansing Balm as an initial cleansing step that can “reveal smooth, glowing skin from the start of your routine and effortlessly dissolve makeup, dirt, and oil.” It’s a balm-to-milk oil cleanser that makes great use of papaya enzyme to satisfy and gently resurface the skin to create a baby-soft canvas for skin care and makeup.
Made for any skin type, this cleansing sorbet is ideal for removing not just your foundation and blush, but also your eyeshadow and eyeliner as well. It’s ophthalmologist-tested, making it safe for sensitive eyes and even contact lens wearers. To know exactly how this balm can make your skin clean and glowing, read on for its benefits and ingredients.
Benefits of the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
This sorbet-like first-step cleansing agent harnesses enzymes found in papayas to dissolve all the makeup, bacteria, and grime on the face to create a soft and smooth canvas. That’s not the only thing it’s good for, though. Here are its other benefits:
- Has 3 forms of papaya (papaya enzyme, papaya seed oil, papaya extract)
- Rich in vitamin A, C, and E to smoothen the skin
- Brightening and moisturizing
- Mildly exfoliating
The Papaya Cleansing Sorbet incorporates the following key ingredients:
- Papaya Enzymes – Also known as papain, this is a gentle exfoliant that dissolves and removes dead cells, helps improve tone and texture. It can also help in softening and smoothing the top layer of the skin.
- Papaya Seed Oil and Extract – Rich in fatty acids, oleic, and linoleic acids, as well as vitamins A, C, and E. They help in keeping the skin hydrated.
- Blueberry Extract – Rich in antioxidants that fights damage due to free radicals. It also helps in calming irritation.
- Camellia Japonica Seed Oil – Lightweight and moisturizing, this oil is rich in antioxidants that helps in hydration.
- Apricot Kernel Oil – High in fatty acids, this oil can deeply nourish and soothe irritation.
Apart from those key components, here is a full list of the Papaya Cleansing Sorbet’s ingredients:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Oleate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Polyethylene, Aqua/Water/Eau, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Papain, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Alkanna Tinctoria Root Extract, Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Levulinic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Metabisulfite.
The Papaya Cleansing Sorbet’s formula doesn’t contain any PEG (polyethylene glycol). It is also free from parabens, sulfates, silicones, drying alcohols, and mineral oil.
How Do You Use the Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
To use as a makeup remover, simply scoop a generous amount of the product and apply it on dry skin. Gently massage the formula in circular motions for around 1 minute with dry hands. Add water to emulsify the cleansing agent and continue to massage. Splash with lukewarm water to rinse.
To double cleanse, simply follow the aforementioned procedure. After rinsing, wash with your favorite lathering cleansing product and follow with your regimen.
Where To Buy the Glow Recipe Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
As a first-step make-up balm, Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing is a pretty good one. It does clean off the impurities accumulated on the surface without leaving the skin feeling taut and dry. It glides on smoothly like butter, and has a tinge of fruity scent to it. While it gets the job done, it still does leave a tiny bit of residue so it is best to follow up with a regular face wash once you’ve rinsed this one off.
In this review, we’re giving the Papaya Cleansing Sorbet a rating of 4 out of 5! It is an excellent cleansing agent and we love the way it glides on smoothly. We like the light fruity scent as well, but if you’re not a fan of scented products, you may want to steer clear of this one. While we do like this cleansing sorbet, its price is something that we aren’t very fond of. It’s excellent, but there are cleansing products out there that are also effective and come with a lower price tag.
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Ira Arellano graduated with a degree in Multimedia Arts from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. When she’s not busy writing, Ira uses her remaining free time fawning over groups with too many members, reading three books simultaneously, crying over animated shows and fictional people, and being salty over her lack of gacha luck.