Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review: Lush Skincare Part 1

Towards the end of April I wandered into Lush in the hopes of finding some products help manage my hair. As well as coming out with a new shampoo and conditioner to try, I also ended up purchasing some skincare items. I’ve never tried Lush hair care or skin care products before and was very eager to try something new. As I’ve now finished using the cleanser I picked up I thought I would share with you my opinions on the skincare items. 

First of all I should tell you about my skin type. I would describe my skin as normal/combination with the oily areas mainly being around my nose and spreading onto my cheeks a bit. I have to be very careful with what products I put on my skin as products which appear to be fine for other people with oiler skin (such a Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation) just make my oiler areas even worse. I’m also prone to the odd spot here and there but nothing too severe luckily. I’ve been on the hunt for a set of products which will clean my skin well without stripping it, or adding too much moisture which seem to make my skin go into oil overdrive!

I relayed this lovely account of my skin to the very helpful sales assistant in Lush who suggested that my skin needed balancing and produced a range of cleansers, toners and moisturisers which would help to balance out my skin and hopefully keep those oily patches at bay. A lot of these products contain rose, lavender and camomile which I was told would all help to soothe and balance my skin while cleansing it deep down. It sounded like a winning combination to me and so I purchased the Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser and the Breathe of Fresh Air Toner. I was also given a small sample of the Imperialis Moisturiser to try. I was going to give a review of all 3 products here but it all got a bit too long so you can find an additional review on the toner and moisturiser here.

Angels on Bare Skin is a cleanser with a clay like consistency. I’ve personally never used anything like it and found that the best way to apply this was to dampen my skin first and then take a small pinch of the product and massage it into the skin. When the water mixes with the clay the consistency of the product becomes thick and milky, much more familiar to what I’m used to! Within the clay there are pieces of lavender which, in addition to help balance out the skin, also provide some gentle exfoliation which I found to help buff away any dry patches and keep my skin looking bright.

I used Angels on Bare Skin for around 5 weeks and once I had gotten to grips with applying the cleanser to my skin I really enjoyed using it.  Over the 5 weeks I noticed that my skin was generally much better behaved. The oily patches were far less oily, the number and frequency of blemishes had reduced and in general my skin was just looking a lot healthier. I’m currently trying out the Liz Earle cleanse and polish (which contains similar ingredients) but would definitely go out and repurchase the Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser again. At only £5.95 a pot it isn’t too bad on the wallet either. The Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser can be found in Lush Stores or online here.

Have you ever tried any Lush skincare items? How did you get on with them?