Following my experience with LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask (review here), I returned to LUSH to try a different mask of theirs. I let the sales associate know that I was looking for something a little stronger in the cleansing department than Love Lettuce was. She suggested Ayesha, which includes clay and witch hazel but is still gentle and nourishing. On the packaging and on the website, Ayesha is described as ideal for mature skin, and although I’m not even yet 30, I’m not in the habit of turning down anti-aging benefits.
I’m actually sort of surprised that this is the mask targeted at mature skin, because it really does do a nice job of cleansing. Usually I associate the “mature” label with products that are very gentle and moisturizing, often to the point of being overly greasy for my combination skin. Though, it definitely isn’t overly drying, either.
The color and texture kind of reminds me of oatmeal. While Love Lettuce really seemed to be formulated to look and smell pretty, this one is not made with such superficial concerns! The color is drab and the smell is the teensiest bit off-putting (maybe it’s the asparagus?). Perfect for me, as I much prefer products like this be formulated for effectiveness than for a pleasant and relaxing 10-minute experience.
I really do like this mask quite a bit, and it may end up being a product that I repeatedly return to. I enjoy the balance between effective cleansing and the moisturizing and nourishing qualities. LUSH says that Ayesha includes “elderflowers and vitamin C-rich kiwi fruit to brighten dull spots, asparagus to mop up excess oils and honey for soothing sore or red areas”. There’s also the slightest bit of grit, from the clay I think, that exfoliates gently as I wash it off my face (much more gently than Love Lettuce’s ground almond shells, which seemed like overkill to me).
When I purchased this, the sales associate warned me that this might make my face a little red. Not in an irritated way, but hot and red due to it stimulating blood flow. It definitely did that to me the first time or two I used it, but that effect didn’t continue as I worked my way through the rest of the jar.
Ayesha is available at LUSH stores. Information about it is available online, but in order to preserve freshness LUSH does not sell Fresh Face Masks through their website. It costs $6.99 for 2 oz., and I find that the jars are usually good for about a month and a half past the purchase date (pretty close to the amount of time it takes for me to go through the jar).
Do you have a favorite Fresh Face Mask?