A couple of weeks ago I made a visit to Lush in utter despair about the state of my skin. I have been experiencing quite a few health issues over the last eight months and it starting to take its toll on my skin. This is not what I would call a breakout because it has been more or less permanent over the last few month and I needed something to calm it down and make it less sore. I was caking my face in sudocrem to soothe the irritation (which does help by the way) but I needed something more and when I have skin problems I run to Lush - a haven of natural skin goodness.
I went in with the intentions of purchasing the mask of magnaminty but the sales advisor told me that it would probably be too strong for my skin and could make the problem worse. I have combination skin which is more dry than oily despite being acne ridden and mask of magnaminty is targeted at oily skin. She did sit me down and advised me on which products would be good for my skin though. One of things I love the most about Lush is that I never feel pressured into buying anything and the sales advisor always take a genuine interest in what it is you are looking for.
Both the cleansers that I were suggested for my skin tone I have reviewed before through samples:
1. Angels on Bare Skin
2. Ultrabland Cleanser
I purchased a big tub of Angels on Bare Skin and went away with more little samples of Ultrabland. I would not change anything that I have said in the previous reviews other than adding that Ultrabland is a great alternative to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish if you cannot afford it.
Tea Tree Water
So far I really like the tea tree water as it is very refreshing on the skin. You can either spritz it on to your face or spritz some over a cotton pad to wipe it over your face. Spritizing is good in the morning or after a work out to freshen your skin up. It is really good at removing excess make-up or grime from your face after cleansing. The sales advisor carried a bottle with her when she went to South America to keep her skin in top condition due to the sweltering heat in the jungle. If I were going to a hot country this would be top of my list of things to take with me - so holiday goes take note.
Do not be fooled by the name it is for us ladies. The name is actually a typo the moisturiser was meant to be Cosmetic Lab but it turns out it is very good for men (especially after shaving) so the name stuck. I forced some on my boyfriend to test the theory and his skin looked loads better afterwards. I was a bit envious of the results on him but it does work well on my skin too and I imagine if I had stubble it would work equally as well (insert lol). It has the lovely scent of terry's chocolate orange and it dries very quickly which I love so it is fine as a base for make-up. It works really well with my combination skin giving enough moisture to the dry areas but not aggravating the greasier areas like the T-zone.
Pass it Forward
I was advised for many different things for my skin during my visit but I was honest with the sales lady and told her I didn't have that much money to spend since I had just graduated and had not found a job. I also told her about my under-active thyroid after she told me that spots round the chin area are due to hormonal reasons and she told me her mother has this as well and has suffered many problems due to it. She sends her mother (who lives in America) the above products every month.
I don't know if she felt a bit sorry for me or could just tell that I was having a crap week but when I stopped to admire my new products on the train I found the little card photographed above and a full size bottle of the grease lightening spot treatment that I could not afford to buy. It make my week and I still smile when I think about it. It was such a lovely thing to do and it just shows how great the customer service at Lush is. One day I will go back in and thank her for reminding me that not everything is bleak.
I have previously reviewed a sample of Grease Lightening here but now that I have had a bigger sample I can say more about it. It smells very similar to the coal face soap if anyone has tried that? So almost a little like liquorice and the texture is like a gel (this is due to the seaweed) and as you can see from the photo it looks a little ERM...sinister. However it is beautifully ugly. It works wonders at cooling down spots and making them less painful but I am probably not the best person to review this as I am now on a 27 day course of antibiotics for my skin and no matter how wonderful this product may or may not be at sorting out spots it probably wouldn't make a dent in my skin problems. It certainly has not made my skin any worse though and I still use it daily to make my skin feel better. It is like a painkiller for the skin.
So happy ending? I certainly had a happy shopping trip and I cannot advise people enough to take a trip to Lush if they are having a crap week because I can ensure you'll leave the store feeling a little bit better. However I am still battling the horrors of my skin and it truly is a bad day when Lush cannot sort the problem out but here is hoping the antibiotics help some.