Aqua Marina is the most recent cleanser from Lush that I’ve been trying out. This is a thick but smooth clay-based paste heavy in soothing calamine powder and packed with three types of seaweed to nourish skin. Lush describes Aqua Marina as a calming cleanser appropriate for irritated or sensitive skin.
Because my skin is normal-ish (a little oily on my nose, a little prone to dryness on my cheeks), there are a good number of cleansers from Lush that could potentially work for me. After a conversation with a sales associate, I decided to try Aqua Marina at that point in time because it seemed like a great fit for winter.
To use Aqua Marina, you just need to take a pea-sized pinch and mix with a little water before spreading onto skin. It’s a very smooth formula that has a light but fresh scent and is easier to spread onto skin than the drier, grittier cleansers such as Angels on Bare Skin. Although Lush says that there’s a sprinkling of sea salt thrown in for gentle exfoliation, I honestly have not noticed it at all when I wash my face.
The cleanser comes wrapped in seaweed, and I try to just grab a little bit of the greenery in each use. I’m finding the cleanser to be soft, gentle, and completely non-irritating and non-drying. The only thing is that some of the calamine likes to cling to skin sometimes. I really haven’t encountered any problems with it sitting on my skin, and it will come off with some toner, but some people may find any bit of residue annoying.
Here’s a peek at how it looks worked onto skin. You can see that it doesn’t lather at all, and when mixed with water it becomes pretty thin. I use it freely over my eyelids and it hasn’t once irritated my eyes. Because it smooths onto skin so well with the help of some water, I find that I don’t need to use more than a pinch of it. I’ve previously flown through my jars of Lush’s more exfoliating cleansers, making them seem like a somewhat worse value than I originally thought, but with this one I’m working my way through the jar much slower. Because they’re free of preservatives, the Lush cleansers usually have a lifespan of about 3 months and I think it will actually take me that long to use up this one.
I’m using Aqua Marina twice a day and really love it. I think it’s helped with reducing redness, and is able to do its job without leaving my skin feeling dry. I think a wide variety of skin types can enjoy this one. You can buy a 3.5 oz. pot for $12.95 or an 8.8 oz. pot for $31.95 at Lush.
Have you given Aqua Marina a try? Let me know what your experience was like!