I ditched my entire skincare routine for just one balm and my face felt incredible

I’m always looking for shortcuts in my skincare routine and if it helps the environment too then all the better for it.

That’s why when I heard about Frances Prescott Skincare’s three-in-one ‘Tri Balm’ that claims to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, I was eager to give it a go.

Not only is a three-in-one product of interest to me because it cuts down on the plastic, I’m also super lazy when it comes to my beauty routine.

I want something that will give my face a good clean and that will leave it feeling hydrated afterwards. No small ask really, when a thorough wash often strips the skin and leaves it dry. That said, I was optimistic by the balm’s description, boasting: “a blend of botanical oils, starflower and oats to effectively cleanse removing impurities and make-up including stubborn mascara. Pumpkin seed enzymes gently exfoliate to instantly smooth and brighten, while natural hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, lock-in moisturizer to plump and hydrate skin all day long.”

The 20g balm is £30

The balm itself comes in a handy twist-up stick that you apply to a dry face and rinse away with warm water. I found the best method was to use a muslin or face cloth to get rid of any excess after washing.

The fragrance of the balm is worth mentioning too, although I can take or leave a scent to my skincare this has a particularly nice one. Labeled as ‘geranium and mandarin’, think of a quintessential spa smell. Fresh and floral with a hint of something really relaxing. While I’m pleased to report that the smell doesn’t really linger on the skin once you’ve washed it away, there is a very subtle clean fragrance.

Despite being dubbed a ‘three-in-one’ product, it can also be used in a number of other ways as well as cleansing.

It can be used as a mask by leaving it on the face for 10 minutes before washing it off. You can swap out shaving cream and use it as an alternative. It can even be used on the lips (and anywhere else that’s dry) to help soften and moisturise.

I have been using the balm as my only skincare item (as well as sunscreen) for a few weeks now and it’s a really solid product – pardon the pun.

My skin after cleansing with the balm
My skin after cleansing with the balm

My worries were that it was going to be too heavy and oily for my combination skin and that I was going to get breakouts. I’ve not noticed any excess oil while using it and no more spots than I usually get.

When I apply it in the evening I will often wake up the next morning with my face still having that just-washed soft feeling.

The claim that it gets rid of makeup, including ‘stubborn mascara’, is certainly true in my experience. I have applied it to close lids and all my eye make-up comes away on the cloth with very little rubbing.

I also love the feeling of the product on my lips, I’ve seen a noticeable change in the condition of my dry lips while using it.

While the balm is certainly not the cheapest skincare product you can purchase at £55 for the standard 70g size, I can confidently say that it is an effective three-in-one product. Meaning you are only having to buy one item instead of a trio.

Find the balm here.


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