If there’s one thing the beauty industry is good at doing, it’s overcomplicating the matter. Why have one product when you can have five, plus a new hydra-gel-lotion-bar with sea kelp and coconut husk, eh? Even for a product-lover like me, it can get a bit much. When it comes down to it, all any of us are really after are easy-to-use, effective products that keep things simple. And this is why I want to introduce you to Frances Prescott’s Tri Balm.
I was first introduced to Prescott and her balm when my editor sent me an email: “F, this looks brilliant. One great product is so much better than 10 mediocre ones and I’m up for anything with Tri in the title.” Promising to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, the multi-tasking face balm did indeed look brilliant. Plus, with Prescott’s make-up-artist and facialist credentials (she has her own skincare studio in Whitstable), it has the reliability factor. Throw in the fact that it’s formulated from natural, sustainable ingredients that are sourced in the UK and not tested on animals, and we could be on to a winner.
So, are we?
In short, yes. I’ve been using Tri Balm since April and have enjoyed both its gentle, skin-cleaning abilities and its simplicity. To use, twist up the balm (which comes in a hefty 70g stick) and rub it all over your (dry) face. At this point, you have the choice of leaving it on for a few minutes to get an extra-moist hit – almost like a conditioning mask – or rinsing/tissuing it off. The balm shifts make-up, including mascara, and contains pumpkin enzymes, which exfoliate without gritty bits. While I still apply my day/night cream afterwards, my skin feels notably supple and soft after I’ve used it.
At this juncture, I need to mention the price because, look, it’s not cheap. One balm stick is £39; however, as already mentioned, it comes in a substantial 70g and you don’t need a lot of product, so it lasts. You can also think of this as three products in one, ticking the cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise boxes.
Which brings me on to the final bonus of Tri Balm – it’s perfect to travel with. No one wants to take three products away with them when they can take one, plus the solid formula means it’s not going to smash and spill in your bag. A very strong candidate for ultimate holiday product, I’d say.