LUSH is a brand that is relatively new to me. In just the past year or so, I’ve started taking notice of the store locations near me and stopping in to chat with the sales associates and try products. One of their product lines I was most interested in trying were their Fresh Face Masks, which are so fresh that they have to be kept in the fridge and have an expiration date that is only a month to a month and a half out from when they’re purchased.
A sales associate I spoke with told me Love Lettuce ($6.95 for 2.1 oz) is a perfect mask for combination skin, so based on her advice I made my first fresh face mask purchase. Lavender oil is supposed to help balance oil production, the ground almonds and almond shells whisk away flaky skin, and honey softens and moisturizes skin.
Ingredients: Agar Ager Gel, Kaolin, Honey, Fullers Earth, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Ground Almond Shells, Ground Almonds, Lavender Oil, Chlorophyllin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume
I used this mask about 3 times a week for about 5 weeks, which still brought me a few days past the expiration date (near the end I realized I should start packing it on my face a little more generously). It’s a really pretty green color, and smells mostly of lavender oil. It has a thick but soft texture that is easy to spread on the skin. The marketing of this product really emphasizes it’s balancing and brightening capabilities, and the website calls it a “balancing mask for all skin types”. I definitely agree that this mask is appropriate for all skin types, except for perhaps the most sensitive skin that is intolerant to perfume or certain essential oils. However, I gotta say, I didn’t experience any noticeable change in the balance of my skin. I tend to get oily towards the center of my face, mostly on my nose, and my cheeks and outer areas of my face can be dry. I’d love for a product to calm down the oil production on my nose (especially during the summer months), but even after the full 5 weeks I really didn’t see a difference.
I think this mask’s biggest strength is actually in softening and moisturizing. I believe this is from the combination of a humectant such as honey (the third ingredient) with the exfoliating almonds and almond shells. My skin felt softer after each use. Personally, I’m going to keep trying different face masks from LUSH before I return to this one, but I don’t think this is a bad buy. The ingredients are good and gentle, and it makes my skin feel soft! Simple and pleasant.
LUSH’s fresh face masks are only available in-store due to their fresh nature and need to stay refrigerated.
Do you have a favorite mask from LUSH?